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One ‘Zamazama’ dead, 46 arrested in South Africa’s Witwatersrand Basin


The search and seizure operation was attended by the Police Minister General Bheki Cele. Credit: South African Police Services.

About 700 tonnes of gold-bearing material valued at about $148,500 (ZAR2.5 million) has been recovered in a multidisciplinary enforcement action on eight premises on Monday in South Africa’s West Rand, part of the historic Witwatersrand Basin.

The South African Police Services’ elite crime-fighting Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation said Monday that one illegal miner, known as a ‘Zamazama’, was fatally shot and 46 accomplices were arrested at five illegal processing plants.





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