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State losing grip on illegal mining: expert

Tuesday 29 September 2015 10:27

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Illegal mining is said to have been legalised in many parts of the world

Illegal mining is said to have been legalised in many parts of the world(REUTERS)

Social Anthropologist from Wits University, Prof Robert Thornton, says government does not have illegal mining under control.

Thornton, who has done research on illegal mining, says it is practiced all over the world and is called artisanal mining. He notes that the practice has been made legal in many parts of the world.

Speaking to SAFm’s AM Live current affairs show, Thornton says through legalised illegal mining, people are able to mine small mines and then produce their products into the normal marketing industrial circle, and this helps a great deal.

His comments come on the back of reports that Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant said some illegal mining operations need to be legalised.

Oliphant’s stance follows a recent incident where five bodies were discovered in an open veld in Springs, on Gauteng's East Rand.

A fight is believed to have ensued between rival groups of illegal miners in the area, resulting to some miners being shot, while others were stabbed with sharp objects.

Oliphant says they will not rest until they eliminate the big shots behind the illegal operations.

For more on Thornton’s interview, click below:

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