On 23 September, two alleged illegal miners (zama zamas) were injured in an encounter with police in Boksburg, Gauteng. The clash took place after the police launched an operation based on information in the area.
Colonel Dimakatso Selo, a spokesman for the South African Police Service (SAPS), said a multidisciplinary team investigated reports of illegal miners allegedly possessing unlicensed guns.
“Upon arriving at the said location on Main Reef Road in Boksburg, the alleged miners opened fire at the police, prompting the members to retaliate,” Sailo said.
Five people, including two who were injured during the encounter, have been arrested. Police also recovered R5 and hunting rifle ammo and discovered a firearm related to a Klerksdorp home invasion.
Five illegal miners are likely to appear in court soon on charges of possessing illegal weapons. The investigation is still ongoing.
According to Selo, interdisciplinary teams were involved in Crime Intelligence, Ekurhuleni Trio Task Squad, Ekurhuleni Tactical Response Team, Gauteng Traffic, EMPD, Emergency Medical Service and the private security professions.