Zama zama killed after rocks allegedly fell on him

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MOOIHOEK- An unidentified illegal miner died after rocks fell on him at Mooihoek village on Wednesday afternoon. The zama zama and his four accomplice
were allegedly mining illegally behind the Black Chrome mine in Mooihoek.
According to a source that first arrived at the scene, the young man was trapped after rocks fell on him.
“The man was trapped in a rock fall. Emergency services took time to arrive but the community members, were left with no choice but to undertake the risky recovery mission themselves. They dug up the rocks with picks and shovels and retrieved the body which was trapped underneath.”

According to the communities, emergency personnel certified the man dead on their arrival. Limpopo police spokesperson Col Moatshe Ngoepe warned communities about illegal mining.
“It’s a death trap, people are taking risks with their lives. We appeal to locals to report illegal mining at their nearest police stations,” he added. Ngoepe said they were still investigating the incident and the cause of death.

Some of the illegal miners told the newspaper that, while the accidents were scary, they would not back off their illegal mining activity because they have families to support.“ We are jobless, and illegal mining is the solution to our problems. We appeal to the government and mines to offer us jobs .”
Greater Tubatse News understands that In 2016, another zama zama was injured while mining at night in Driekop.



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