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Limpopo residents express concern over plight of illegal mining in Muyexe village – SABC News

Residents of the village of Limpopo Muyexe near Giyani have expressed concern about the incident plague of illegal gold miners in the area. Illegal miners, commonly known as zama-zamas, left trenches open in the fields.

After the Geo-Science Council announced in September last year that there were gold mines in the area, illegal gold mining in the Giyani area began to increase.

Residents fear the safety of their children and animals. Concerned Muyexei residents say the activity is backed by a group of foreign nationals engaged in night activities, with the help of some local residents. They fear the ditches could lead to tragic events as their cattle graze in the area.

Their spokesman, Eddy Hlungwani, says the activity has no economic value for locals and leads to environmental degradation. “They only benefit themselves, not the community. They don’t pay the tax and you know they don’t employ people from the Muyexe community; this is how they are destroying this green space in our community. ”

“They even mine in our fields,” says another resident, Rosina Hlungwani.

According to the Hawks, an illegal mining syndicate with expensive and sophisticated mining equipment appears to be operating in parts of the province rich in various minerals.

In the village of Muyexe near Giyani, illegal miners are digging trenches in fields and cattle pastures for gold.

Local traditional leader Hosi Simon Maluleke said a local businessman was in the process of acquiring mining rights, but he said attempts to keep the minerals safe while the locals benefited from them proved futile.

“I called SAPS, I even tried to find the number of Hawks, some Hawks even came here and they said we would help remove these people within two weeks, but unfortunately they didn’t come back.”

Hawks Limpopo spokesman Matimba Maluleke says, “We went to that area in February and managed to seize the mining equipment. Unfortunately, no one has been arrested and we are busy in the area to do something about illegal mining activities. It’s not just in this area. You remember that the scourge of illegal mining in this province is a problem for us and we are busy making sure there is no illegal mining activity in the province. ”

Last week, the Hawks arrested 17 illegal miners in Lulekani, Phalaborwa.

Limpopo residents express concern over plight of illegal mining in Muyexe village – SABC News

Source link Limpopo residents express concern over plight of illegal mining in Muyexe village – SABC News

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