By Michele Clarke MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Community Safety:
Illegal mining in Gauteng has reached an all-time high. Crime statistics on organised syndicates which operate in South Africa from Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe show an upward and alarming trend.
This was heard last week at a briefing from the Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lt Gen Lesetja Mothiba, who further cited that the National Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) should enforce current legislation.
The Provincial Commissioner also explained that many special operations have taken place but the impact of illegal mining had been catastrophic for Gauteng.
MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, must get off her hands and start by working together with DMR to ensure the safety of communities in and around mining areas.
In the East Rand rival gangs of illegal miners are in state of open warfare, and are a severe threat to innocent law abiding citizens. Law enforcement agencies are unable to bring the situation under control.
In order to tackle this major problem the DA has tabled a motion for debate at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on 27 October.
The impact of illegal mining on the safety of Gauteng’s residents could be disastrous and the MEC must go to every length possible to safeguard our communities and prosecute transgressors to the full extent of the law.