GWANDA: 60 illegal gold miners arrested

By ZBC Reporter
60 ILLEGAL gold panners and vendors have been arrested at Vova mine in Gwanda as part of an ongoing police operation against illegal mining activities in Matabeleland South Province.
The raid by the Zimbabwe Republic Police took place this Monday morning at Vova, an illegal gold mining site notorious for violent crimes including murder.
Matabeleland South Provincial Police Spokesperson, Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele confirmed that law enforcement agents have launched a clampdown on illegal gold panning activities to restore sanity in the mining sector.
Chief Inspector Ndebele said the 60 accused persons are facing charges of illegal mining and vending as they do not possess any operating licenses.
“We have a number of illegal mining sites in Mangwe, Gwanda, Umzingwane. We are going to continue carrying out raids, so let me warn that those involved in illegal mining activities that the long arm of the law will catch up with them,” he said.
Chief Inspector Ndebele added that police will continue with the raids in gold mining areas such as Gwanda, Filabusi , Esigodini and Mpoengs where illegal miners have been using an assortment of weapons to commit crimes such as assault and murder.
Meanwhile, police in Matabeleland South Province have also effected a three month ban on the carrying of dangerous weapons in Gwanda, Beitbridge and Bulilima – Mangwe districts in order to curb violent crimes.
The weapons include axes, swords, knives, knobkerries, catapults and machetes, among others.