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harmonyMiningmx reports that Harmony Gold said it remained “very unclear” if the murder of Simphiwe Kubekha, a regional mine manager at its Tshepong and Phakisa operations near Welkom in the Free State, was related to illegal mining.  

Kubekha was shot and killed on his way home on 28 September.  Speculation at the mine has been that it was in retaliation after he attempted to root out illegal gold mining by so-called ‘zama-zamas’.  Three men were arrested in connection with the murder earlier this month.  Harmony spokeswoman Lauren Fourie said:  “The police and Harmony security are continuing with the investigation.  For the persons arrested, the case is postponed to the 16th of October for a formal bail application.  As you can understand the situation is still very sensitive, and security has been reinforced.  We do not want to compromise the investigation in anyway and have refrained from a significant public response or campaign.  It is still very unclear whether the murder of Simphiwe is related to illegal mining.”

  • Read this report by David McKay in full at Miningmx

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