FF Plus proposal for cooperation between police, municipalities and private security companies to prevent illegal mining activities and cable theft was accepted
8 July 2022
The FF Plus's proposal to the Gauteng provincial Police Commissioner, Lt.-Gen. Elias Mawela, to establish a cooperative agreement between the police and the private sector to combat illegal mining and cable theft on the West Rand was accepted.
During a meeting between the FF Plus, the Commissioner, the District Municipalities of the West Rand and Randwest, the Local Municipalities of Merafong and Mogale City, mining houses and the provincial Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, the party emphasised that the responsibility to combat widespread illegal mining activities and cable theft cannot rest on the shoulders of the police alone.
All role-players, including private security companies, must get involved.
According to the Gauteng police statistics for the fourth quarter of the 2021 financial year (January to March), 323 suspects were arrested for alleged illegal mining activities on the West Rand.