Kekana forced the trio to kneel and they made the one in a pink sweater to pray.
“I praying and running back to you holy God. I’m praying to you God that you may help me,” the man prayed.
Not far from where the men were arrested were little large trenches and James table used in mining to sift the gold from the soil.
Col David Davis of the Hawk’s serious organised crime investigations said the illegal miners first dig gold bearing material which they put into bags.
“They then wash this on James table with cloths. They then wash the cloths and rich gold-bearing material stays on the cloths. From here they go amalgamate it with mercury. After amalgamation, they use the torch to burn it and then you get your gold which is sent into the black market,” Davis said.
The focus on illegal mining activity in Krugersdorp follows the rape of eight women in West Village on July 28 who were in a mine dump to shoot a music video. Some of the women were raped by as many as 10 men believed to be illegal miners.
The heinous crime shocked the country and residents called for police to do more to end their terror at the hands of zama zamas. A similar operation was held and over 80 people were arrested and appeared in the Krugersdorp magistrate’s court.
Of the 80, 20 were minors as young as 14. Adults in the group are expected to return to court on Wednesday having obtained legal representation. No one has yet been linked to the rapes of women in West Village.