Zama zama’s have suffered a big blow as five suspects aged between 18 and 57 were caught for alleged illegal mining related charges. When they were apprehended by security officers in Lydenburg, they were reportedly found with gold bearing dust and the value thereof is yet to be determined.

According to the report, information reached the ears of security personnel regarding some suspicious activities being carried out at an old mine shaft in Lydenburg. The information was followed by law enforcement agencies in Lydenburg where it was observed that there could be something sinister taking place in the old mine. A Toyota Etios with one occupant was spotted next to the mine and when he noticed the guards, he reportedly tried to flee but he was soon caught. Upon further questioning, it was then learned that the man was allegedly part of a group that was operating as illegal miners (zama zama’s) at the old shaft. Four of his fellows were inside the shaft when the guards arrived and they later came out around 15:30, carrying some bags which contained gold bearing dust as information outlines. They were then apprehended together with and the man who was waiting in the vehicle. The five were charged accordingly.

They are expected to appear at the Mashishing Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 03 July 2023 facing charges of illegal possession of gold bearing dust as well as illegal mining related charges.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has welcomed the arrest of the five alleged illegal miners and appreciated vigilance displayed by the security officers.