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handcuffsGroundUp reports that an informal gold miner was shot dead on Saturday and eight others were arrested by security guards at a mine in Benoni.  

The arrested, who are between the ages of 19 and 36, appeared in the Benoni Magistrate Court on Monday and Tuesday charged with illegal possession of gold.  One of the accused was released on bail and the other seven were remanded in custody until 27 March.  The group of informal gold miners (known as gwejas) had been operating near Modderbee prison in Benoni for two months, but on Saturday they were confronted by armed mine security guards.  One of the miners who escaped that night alleged that mine security had given them access to the mine in exchange for R500 from each of the group as well as some cellphones.  “We always pay some of the security guards to go in, but other thick headed ones tend to backstab us.  Because of greed, they tend to want the gold particles as well [as the bribe],” he claimed.  An informal miner who attended the court hearing in support of the arrested men, told GroundUp that they would carry on mining illegally.  The security guards said they were under orders not to talk to the press.

  • Read this report by Kimberly Mutandiro in full at GroundUp

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