What will it take for cops to get tough on crime at mines?
Some say the police are too scared about provoking another Marikana to deal with illegal invasions
Executives in SA’s gold sector are overwhelmingly frustrated about the criminal onslaught against their mining operations. While they are cautious about criticising the police, a force they cannot afford to alienate, their anxiety at the lack of tangible progress is abundantly clear.
They speak of old or abandoned mines completely overrun by armed gangs, some of which have gunmen placed at high vantage points to protect their members, and absolutely no sign of policing or attempts to bring law and order.
One executive spoke of rampant killings as gangs fight for turf. Another of areas on the edge of Johannesburg where police dare not venture for fear of being killed...