By Thys Khiba
Orkney – The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) provincial chairperson in the North West province, Paul Sebegoe said that mining houses are indirectly responsible for illegal activities that are claiming the lives of desperate enticed to death traps by ruthless crime syndicates.
“Mining houses should be held accountable for their failure to rehabilitate abandoned mines,” said Sebegoe.
This follows the shocking discovery of twenty decomposed and dead bodies suspected to be that of illegal miners at Lawrence Park’s mine shaft ventilation which is no longer operational in Orkney.
Sanco called on authorities to intensify the crackdown on unlawful mining operations.
“Sebegoe highlighted that it is travesty of justice that shocking atrocities of this nature are committed with impunity by the so-called zama-zamas while municipal authorities, the Department of Mineral Resources and law enforcement agencies are seemingly turning a blind eye to the nefarious activities that have shown no regard for the value of human lives,” said the statement.
Sebegoe condemned, what he called, ‘ghastly and horrendous’ criminal acts.
“The slaughter fields must be shut down for illegal mining operations before more dead bodies are retrieved or are in some cases buried clandestinely underneath the belly of the earth,” said Sebegoe.
According to the mine manager of China Africa Precious Metal, Isaac Tshabalala, more illegal miners could’ve died in an unconfirmed explosion at a mine near Orkney.
The North West Provincial Spokesperson for South African Police Service (SAPS), Sabata Mokgwabone confirmed that police opened inquest dockets after 20 unidentified male bodies were on Tuesday, 15 June and Wednesday, 16 June.
“Futhermore, the deceased suffered severe body burns. As part of investigations, post-mortems will be conducted to determine a cause of death for these men whose bodies were found wrapped in white plastic bags,” said Mokgwabone. @CENTRAL NEWS
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