Undocumented Zimbabweans cleared of illegal mining

Msix and Ishmael
Msix and Ishmael

FRANCISTOWN: Four Zimbabwean brothers and their compatriot who were charged with unlawful prospecting of minerals without a permit or licence authorising them to do so have been cleared of wrongdoing because of lack of evidence.

The brothers, Msix Moyo, 42, Ishmael Moyo, 17, Phumlani Moyo, 27, and Peter Moyo, 23, and their Zimbabwean accomplice, Artwell Ndlovu, 23, were alleged to have committed the offence on November 15, 2021, between Matsiloje and the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) training centre.

However, the accused were not totally off the hook after they admitted to a charge of entering Botswana using an ungazetted point of entry on November 15 at or near Ramokgwebana village.

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