Illegal mining - foreigners major culprits

2012-01-06 22:08

Johannesburg - Out of the 519 people arrested for illicit mining in November last year 419 were foreign nationals, Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel and deputy Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu heard on Friday.

"Of grave concern was the role of foreign nationals in these illicit activities," the department of justice said in a statement.

The figures were revealed during an interdepartmental briefing on illicit mining activities in the area.

At the meeting, Nel and Sotyu were joined by representatives of the national prosecuting authority, SA Police Service and Legal Aid SA.

"The deputy ministers noted the interventions made to combat illicit mining activities. They made it clear that this was a priority for the justice, crime prevention and security cluster."

The meeting also heard that following an intensified underground operation by the police and mining security, illicit underground mining activities in the Goldfield's area had been reduced.

However, it was noted that illicit mining activities had started to manifest themselves on the surface, even though the underground illicit mining still continued to present problems.

  • Sheda - 2012-01-06 22:31

    Of the thousands that legally work underground in our mines 98% are foreigners anyway. Our guys are tooooo lazy to work. JuJu wants to nationalize the mines. All he has to ask for is that NO foreigners work there. That will reduce our unemployment by 15%

  • Joseph - 2012-01-07 00:11

    Give prospectors licence to small scale miners and illegal mining will be a thing of the past,like the rest of Southern African countries have done.Its only in South Africa were small scale black miners are not allowed to exists in line with multnational mining houses.

  • Garth - 2012-01-07 08:28

    Agree with Joseph - legalise it. Issue licenses, draw revenue from the licenses and from taxation of the end product. More industry, more jobs, more gdp. But no! The useless anc inherited this `big mining house' exclusivity from the nats and they are milking the system for all it is worth. If only the ignorants that maintain them in power would realise how uninterested they are in the average man's plight.

  • Rudi Van Der Bank - 2012-01-07 12:43

    So its a grave concern to them? Ban the bloody nigies and somalians from south africa!! They are a bunch of pigs!

  • Piet - 2012-01-07 13:03

    They merely think it is their right to take what is in the ground. The entitlement issue of Africa.

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