The Police Ministry is appealing to the South African Police Service (SAPS) to deal with illegal miners who are terrorising communities living in the West Rand.
Police Ministry and SAPS management led a two day Crime Combating imbizo in the West Village, Krugersdorp and another in the Kagiso area in the West Rand. The meetings were also attended by premier of Gauteng, David Makhura and members of his executive council, officials from the Department of home affairs as well as the department of Mineral Resource and Energy.
Residents of both communities expressed their concerns around violent crimes committed allegedly by illegal miners who residents refer to as “blanket people” and Zama Zamas.
Police Minister, General Bheki Cele says residents have the right to feel safe and to sleep at night and he furthermore says the allegations of police corruption and inadequate service delivery at stations will be probed at a provincial level and acted on”.