Arrest illegal miners - Mthethwa

2014-04-26 06:42
Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Beeld)

Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The police have a duty to arrest illegal miners, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said at the launch of the Free State Mine Crime Combating Forum (MCCF) in Welkom on Friday.

"What the 'zama zamas', or illegal miners, do is against the law and the police have been instructed to place more emphasis on prosecution," he said, according to remarks prepared for delivery.

It was extremely likely that illegal miners would face jail time. Mthethwa said illegal mining contributed to the murder rate and caused deaths underground.

Criminals often recruited foreigners, particularly those from Lesotho, as illegal miners by pretending to offer them legitimate jobs.

When the recruits arrived and realised what they were required to do it was too late and they were forced to work under dangerous conditions.

When illegal miners were killed underground - through rock falls, poisonous gases or subterranean gang wars - their bodies were usually not recovered.

"The truth is that we do not know of many of the victims because they are buried underground, leaving their families to wonder forever what happened to them," Mthethwa said.

The MCCF is a partnership between mine management, organised labour, community leaders, and police. Various government departments are also represented on the forum.

"Since the MCCF began its work here six months ago, peace and tranquillity prevail at the Free State's mines," he said.

Read more on:    police  |  nathi mthethwa  |  bloemfontein  |  mining  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy

Miley's new dog is too adorable.



13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher
The unusual pets of Instagram
Bertie sets a new world record!

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The Leo moon adds an element of drama and entertainment. A significant person that you may consult or confide in may play more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.