According to Chamber of Mines (CoM) spokesperson Charmane Russell, the illegal mining industry “is believed to run into billions of rands yearly”. It is often organised criminally and carried out under the auspices of organised criminal syndicates. “Illegal miners operate outside the law and are often heavily armed. The deaths are a frequent occurrence, but the number of victims is difficult to determine. The Zamazama’s may operate in disused underground mines or trespass on operating mines, setting up ambushes and booby traps for employees, security guards and rival groups of illegal miners.
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