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sandf thumb medium90 89The Citizen reports that 395 members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will be sent to the Free State to help fight the scourge of illegal mining and crime in the province.

The Free State has been overrun with illegal miners (known as zama zamas), with authorities and communities battling to stop operations and the crime that often follows. The province also recorded an increase in murders in the last quarter, from July to September. The military has been called in to help fight illegal mining activities across the country, and it was announced on Friday that additional help would be sent to the Free State. Some 395 additional members of the defence force will be deployed, along with ten more vehicles to two police stations around Welkom “to ensure police visibility in the area and strengthen the police capacity to combat crime in the province”. The announcement was made during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Presidential Imbizo in Welkom last week. Ramaphosa last month deployed 3,300 SANDF members nationally for six months to fight crime and illegal mining. It was reported that the deployment would cost the country almost R500m. According to government, there are about 6,100 unused, derelict, or abandoned mines in the country.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Kyle Zeeman at The Citizen

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