Angry residents in Gauteng’s West Rand have had just about enough of police and have threatened to take the law into their own hands by hunting for alleged zama zamas themselves.
Police Minister Bheki Cele and other top brass held an anti-crime imbizo in Kagiso this past weekend and engaged residents who accused law enforcement of ignoring the dire implications that illegal mining has had in the community and demanded that their plights be addressed.
The community was the scene of violence and mayhem this past week when residents raided mine shafts in search of illegal mine workers they claim are behind crime in the area. The unrest follows the gang rape of about eight women during the filming of a music video near Krugersdorp. Other production crew members were robbed of their belongings during the attack. Dozens of suspects have since been arrested.
WEST RAND RESIDENTS WANT ACTION AGAINST ZAMA ZAMAS
Speaking at the imbizo, West Rand residents voiced their anger and frustration with the illegal mining in the area, including one who warned they would deal with the situation, should local police fail.
“You should arrest me now because I’m saying to you, should you fail to remove those zama zamas, I will lead this community – we only have our hands, that is the only weapons we have,” the resident said.
The residents did not mince their words, even going as far as encouraging the community to vote out the current government, citing their failure to remove the illegal miners and fighting crime.
“You need to stop feeding these people. Vote them out! They must feel how cold it is on the other side,” the same resident added.
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