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Mine owners also to blame for illegal mining crisis – SAHRC

5 August 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission says it will approach government to discuss possible solutions around illegal mining activities.

Illegal miners, commonly referred to as zama zamas, have been in the spotlight since the gang rape of eight women at a mine dump in Krugersdorp in Gauteng.

On Thursday, disgruntled members of the local community in Kagiso took it upon themselves to hunt down miners without permits, sealing makeshift shafts and burning homes.

The commission's Wisani Baloyi says government's failed to keep its promise to regulate the illegal mining sector.

"Government has been speaking about regulating artisanal mining but has not done much in this regard."

"Mine owners or former mine owners are also to blame for not rehabilitating and securing access to mining tunnels, dumps and the surrounding environment."

Source: East Coast Radio

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