South African police have opened murder cases following the discovery of six dead bodies, believed to be those of illegal miners, likely to be Zimbabweans, next to a railway line in Benoni, east of Johannesburg on Sunday morning.

Many undocumented Zimbabwe nationals are known to work as labourers in mines and farms.

The deceased were attended to by authorities after a passerby alerted them to the bodies, which are believed to have been dumped there.

The deceased had gunshot wounds to the upper body.

“There are strong indications that they were killed elsewhere and taken where they were found as they were put in a pattern,” police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said. news 24