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“We will put this to an end” - Ramaphosa on illegal mining in South Africa
3 days ago
President Ramaphosa revealed that teams have been set up to deal with illegal mining and zama zamas. Photo: GCIS / Flickr

President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed that he and his administration are focused on getting rid of illegal mining in South Africa.

Illegal mining and ‘zama zamas’ have been making national headlines following the horrific gang rape of eight women in Krugersdorp. The women were part of a film crew who were shooting a music video near a mine dump.

Ramaphosa noted his concern about illegal mining and reassured residents that action is being taken against this crime. He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the Presidential Social Sector Summit in Boksburg on Friday, 5 August.

The president also touched on the topic of gender-based violence and how more needs to be done to support survivors.

“The commissioner of police, together with the minister, have set up teams that are going to deal with this issue of illegal mining and deal with those zama zamas, particularly in terrorising our communities, we will put this to an end. “We have enacted new legislation to ensure that we do support survivors and prosecute offenders,”

According to EWN, Ramaphosa also announced that senior Government officials would visit Kagiso this weekend. The purpose of the visit is to find out how much crime in the area is linked to zama zamas and illegal mining.

COSATU believes Govt has failed in dealing with illegal mining in SA

Meanwhile, it was previously reported that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) believes that the Government is complicit in the current state of mines once companies have abandoned activities.

The trade union federation said that the Government has not compelled companies to rehabilitate their mines at the end of the mine’s life – leaving many mines unrehabilitated and unsealed.

National spokesperson for COSATU Sizwe Pamla stated that the government programmes in charge of regulating and managing the closure of mines have been a ‘spectacular failure’. Read the full story here.