Ramaphosa vows to end illegal mining in SA

The criminal practice has been in the spotlight following the gang-rape of eight women near a mine dump in Krugersdorp late last month.

Gauteng police arrested 46 suspects during a crackdown on illegal mining in Krugersdorp and Randfontein on 2 August 2022. Picture: @SAPoliceService/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa said that his administration was committed to eradicating illegal mining.

The criminal practice has been in the spotlight following the gang-rape of eight women near a mine dump in Krugersdorp late last month.

The victims had visited the area as part of a film crew to record a music video.

Ramaphosa addressed the closing ceremony of the Presidential Social Sector Summit in Boksburg on Friday.

President Ramaphosa said that he was "gravely concerned" about illegal mining in the country but action was being taken.

"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."

Ramaphosa said that recent events were a reminder to government that more must be done to address gender-based violence.

"We have enacted new legislation to ensure that we do support survivors and prosecute offenders," the president said.

At the same time, the president announced that senior government officials would be visiting Kagiso on the Gauteng West Rand this weekend to ascertain the extent of crime linked to illegal mining and zama zamas in the area.