Matsiloje police face uphill battle against illegal mining

Matsiloje old gold mine FILE PIC
Matsiloje old gold mine FILE PIC

FRANCISTOWN: Illegal mining remains a growing concern in Matsiloje and its environs. The community is anxious due to the presence of illegal miners, known as Zama Zamas, who have been linked to various violent crimes, including robberies in Matsiloje.

Both the Department of Mines and the Botswana Police Service (BPS) have escalated their efforts to curb illicit mining, closing abandoned mine shafts and strengthening enforcement. According to reliable information, over 15 individuals have appeared in Francistown Magistrate Court to face charges related to engaging in illicit mining.

Matsiloje Police Station commander, Superintendent Oteng Ngada told The Monitor of increasing cases of illegal mining since the beginning of the year. "We register one or two cases of illegal mining every week, but I currently do not have the statistics," he said. The majority of these illegal miners, as noted by the chief of police in Matsiloje, are undocumented immigrants from Zimbabwe.

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