An illegal gold panner died while his counterpart sustained injuries after a shaft they were working in collapsed and buried them at a mine in Esigodini.
Matabeleland South Provincial Police Spokesperson Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele confirmed the incident which occurred at Falcon Mine area.
He said 35-year-old Mzingaye Talent Mafohla died on Tuesday after being admitted at the United Bulawayo Hospitals following the mine collapse.
The deceased and his mate were illegally panning for gold in a 12-metre-deep shaft when it collapsed and buried them.
Chief Inspector Ndebele urged members of the public to desist from engaging in illegal panning activities as they were putting their lives in danger in addition to violating the law.
He said people that wanted to engage in mining activities had to formalise their operations and follow the correct procedures in order to acquire necessary paperwork before operating.