Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
Police and mining companies were urged by organised labour yesterday to take action after 23 illegal miners were killed in a mine fire on the Free State gold fields.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) condemned illegal mining activities and called on local mining companies to tighten access to their premises. "We further call on the law enforcement agencies to ensure that whoever was found to be in breach of the law be brought to book," said NUM general secretary Frans Baleni.
Baleni said the union was aware that some of its members and their families had been threatened or forced to support these illegal activities by bringing the miners food.
"We are also aware that those who refuse or report these illegal miners to police are threatened with death," he said.
Baleni urged police to "seriously" investigate illegal mining and to bring the perpetrators to book as a matter of urgency.
"Some of the scavengers take advantage of the dire economic circumstances our people find themselves in by employing them and then running away with the loot," he said. - Sapa