DA on West Rand teams up with law enforcement to root out illegal miners

Mogale City MMC for Health and Social Development Gail Mphafudi said illegal mining is wreaking havoc in the area.

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

JOHANNESBURG — As the ruling party in the West Rand, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Wednesday it was working with local law enforcement to root out illegal miners from the area.

Last week, eight women were allegedly raped by a group of zama zamas while filming a video at a West Village junkyard.

Police have since carried out several raids in and around the area.

At least 120 people have been arrested for being in the country illegally.

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Mogale City MMC for Health and Social Development Gail Mphafudi said illegal mining is wreaking havoc in the area.

“It affects our infrastructure. So people living around this area are also affected so you don’t even feel safe when you are at home because there may be a tremor which could lead to your house collapsing. [and] it is a health risk in itself. It also poses a risk to people’s lives because they get shot and there is so much violence against the zama zamas,” Mphafudi said.

She said local mayor Tyrone Gray was working around the clock to resolve the issue: “Our mayor is working with SAPS so we are working with law enforcement just to get the zama zamas out. There are wells that are closed. , so we’re making sure they don’t come in there and do illegal mining.”