Benoni illegal miners killed by syndicates - researcher

The total number of illegal miners killed in Benoni has risen to 14, following the discovery of eight bodies yesterday.

The six others were found on Sunday.

Police say they suspect the victims were killed by rival gangs of illegal miners.

Benchmarks Foundation researcher, David Van Wyk, says he believes these miners were killed by syndicates.

I think the illegal miners in that area are controlled by syndicates. They take the gold from illegal miners and bring it to the formal system.

David Van Wyk, Benchmarks Foundation researcher

They control specific operations and if anyone else contravenes on the areas they control could get killed, or even the people they control do not collaborate with them or agree on the prices they kill them.

David Van Wyk, Benchmarks Foundation researcher

Van Wyk says the Department of Mineral Resources should find people involved and take them through the process of formalising them.

The registration in the country actually favours big monopoly operations.

David Van Wyk, Benchmarks Foundation researcher

If you formalise these small operations, you are actually making the market more competitive.

David Van Wyk, Benchmarks Foundation researcher

Listen to David Van Wyk explaining why illegal mining is increasing in Gauteng...


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