The number of illegal miners dying in Burgersfort and neighbouring areas is increasing. The area has seen another victim of illegal mining.
On Monday, acting Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Limpopo Maj Gen Jan Scheepers made an earnest call to members of the community to refrain from engaging in illegal mining activities which are, on the other hand, putting their lives in danger.
The warning comes after the incident that occurred at a mountain of Mooihoek village, in the Driekop Policing precinct in the Burgersfort Cluster.
It is alleged that on Monday at about 10:30, a 29 year old man was hit by a big rock while mining illegally and died instantly at a mountain in this area.
“The Police were notified about the incident, they swiftly responded with emergency services and on arrival; they found a man lying down with critical injuries believed to be caused by the falling rocks during this activity.
“According to the information received, the deceased was illegally mining chrome at this mountain,” said Col Moatshe Ngoepe of Limpopo SAPS.
The deceased who was certified dead by the emergency services, was identified by his family as Thato Kganana from Driekop Mogoleng section. The case of inquest was opened for further SAPS investigations.
Scheepers, has condemned these acts of illegal mining that are still continuing in some parts of the province, where people are losing their lives and on that basis, the provincial economy is very much being negatively affected.