Cele says a national approach will now be used to stop illegal miners

Police Minister Bheki Cele, accompanied by the Tactical Response Team, the flying squad, the K-9 unit, and the Hawks, spent the day raiding mine dumps in the Krugersdorp area - after eight women were gang raped last week.

File. Police Minister Bheki Cele said they will be concentrating on all illegal operations. Picture: Nhlanhla Mabaso/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Bheki Cele said authorities will now use a national approach to stop illegal miners - once and for all.

Cele, accompanied by the Tactical Response Team, the flying squad, the K-9 unit, and the Hawks, spent the day raiding mine dumps in the Krugersdorp area - after eight women were gang raped last week. They were targeted by so-called Zama Zama's while filming a music video. The film crew was also robbed.

Almost 90 suspects have now been arrested. None of those apprehended have been linked to the rapes, but DNA analysis is being carried out.

Cele said they will be concentrating on all illegal operations. "What we don't need to do now, we don't have to stop, we need to keep rolling with these operations in these four problematic provinces".

Gauteng police commissioner Elias Mawela said resources are being mobilised. "Some of the operations are of that nature that the local police station cannot deal with it. So it needs us to up our game. At times, I will have to call the National Commissioner to give me more resources so that we deal with the threat on the ground".