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sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that four members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) have died due to suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after they allegedly made a fire to keep them warm during a freezing Friday night in Orkney, North West.

The four soldiers had been deployed on a 24-hour shift at Shaft 3, a dormant mining shaft in Orkney, near the disused Harry Oppenheimer Stadium, which has been a hot spot for illegal mining. According to SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini, the members were found on Saturday morning during a shift change inside a container structure which was used as a guard house for those on 24-hour duty. Police were called to the scene, and found that all four were dead, with their rifles and personal items on them. The district surgeon examined the bodies, confirming no injuries. "A team from the Pretoria Forensic Science Lab Chemistry Unit, also attended the scene and preliminary findings are that the death of the members could have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, from a possible fire made by the members during the cold night inside the container structure," Dlamini indicated. The bodies of the deceased were transported to the Klerksdorp State mortuary for further investigation and post-mortem.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Cebelihle Mthethwa at News24
  • Read too, Four troops die in icy cold, carbon monoxide poisoning suspected, at BusinessLive

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