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NUM calls for intensified fight against illegal mining in SA

NUM says it’s concerned about recent spikes in the illegal activity and the easy access to disused mines.

Illegal miners emerge from Langlaagte mine after being underground for more than two weeks.Picture: Kgothatso Mogale

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is calling on the Mineral Resources Department to intensify the fight against illegal mining in the country.

The union says it's concerned about recent spikes in the illegal activity and the easy access to disused and closed mines.

Free State police have confirmed more than 60 illegal miners have died underground in the province since March and more than 1,400 have been arrested.

The NUM's Livhuwani Mamburu says: "As the NUM we strongly condemn illegal mining wherever it's happening. They must arrest those who have the resources to give these illegal miners money to go and dig gold."