Co-operation needed to track illegal mining kingpins

2015-04-02 16:21

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Johannesburg - The Portfolio Committee on Mining on Thursday urged Parliament, the department of mineral resources and police to work together to catch the kingpins of the illegal mining industry.

This was after five illegal miners were found murdered in an abandoned mine shaft in Benoni, east of Johannesburg.

Committee chairperson Sahlulele Luzipho said they were shocked and concerned by gangsterism in the industry.

The committee had previously requested the minerals department to rework its 2015/2016 budget plan in order to include programmes that will deal with illegal mining.

Police discovered the bodies of the miners on Wednesday following a tip-off.

"Further information revealed that the victims might have been killed earlier and their bodies dumped there," Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said at the time.

The bodies had gunshot wounds and were yet to be identified.

"It is suspected that this might be as a result of two illegal mining groups which are warring against each other," Mogale said.

No arrests had been made.

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