Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane disapproved ridiculous murders of 14 people believed to be illegal miners in Benoni.
Over the weekend six bodies were discovered dumped in a pattern near a train station, on Monday afternoon the eight bodies were discovered by the police bringing the number of the dead illegal miners to 14.
Officials says an investigation following the death of 14 illegally miners revealed that they all been killed in the same way.
Phahlane’s spokesperson Athlenda Mathe says, “The acting National Commissioner of Police Khomotso Phahlane condemns, in the strongest terms, the senseless murder of 14 people whose bodies were found in Benoni in Gauteng over the two days.”
According to reports the Bench Marks has declared that the massive killing of 14 illegal miner involves a mob. While the authority say the might have been killed by the other illegal miners.
The foundation’s David van Wyk says illegal miners must be formalised in order for the authorities to have some control over the industry.
“The Minerals and Petroleum Resource Development Act allows for small-scale mining. The problem is that the processes involved are too complicated for these guys to understand and organise themselves thereon because many of them are not literate.”
The police’s Lungelo Dlamini has appealed to members of the public to provide the police with information as a matter of urgency.
“We’re appealing to anyone who might have information to contact the nearest police station or phone the Crime Line on 08600 10111 at all hours. All the information will be rewarded.”
He says Benoni has been plagued by illegal miner murders in the past. However, he can’t confirm whether this is the largest mass killing to date.
“We suspect that they might be illegal miners because they engage in illegal activities in the area and in the past we’ve seen other people working in rival gangs.”
On Monday, illegal miners in the area told Media that they heard gunshots at a nearby shaft on Sunday.
Police say the illegal miner (zama zama) are armed and dangerours.