Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
4 minute read
4 Aug 2022
4:01 am

‘From cops to politicians’: Crime syndicates backing illegal mining well-protected

Marizka Coetzer

Illegal mining enterprises are a serious network infiltrating the whole country, according to an expert.

Members of the South African Police Services (Saps) raid mining quarries on 8 April 2021 in Krugersdorp. Picture: Gallo Images/Daily Sun/Morapedi Mashashe

They live underground, are armed to the teeth and are part of a criminal network whose tentacles spread from cops to politicians – and these illegal mining syndicates believe themselves above the law; untouchables who threaten national security. The zama zama illegal gold miners have been growing in numbers – and arrogance – openly brandishing assault rifles on social media. But the recent alleged gang rape and robbery in Krugersdorp have put them firmly in the spotlight. Illegal mining infiltrating the entire country Dr Witness Maluleke, a rural criminologist from the department of criminology and criminal justice at the University...