4 minute read
15 Sep 2021
Zama zamas spread their roots as illegal mining moves across provinces
Illegal mining operations are threatening tourism and peace in small mining towns, while there are doubts over government's will to stem the tide.
Florida police officers, Florida Community Policing Forum, neighbourhood watches, private security companies on a joint disruptive operation in Florida, Roodepoort, on 5 August 2021. Operations are weekly and target random hotspots. Discoverers Clinic, park next to Florida Library and areas along Goldman Street identified by crime intelligence, and sections of Fleurhof. One suspect was arrested for carrying unlicensed gun, 'phendukas' and other illegal mining equipment. Picture: Nigel Sibanda