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‘Zama zamas’ in court

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Mosweu and Sibanda

Three suspected ‘Zama-zamas’appeared before Francistown Magistrate Court on Friday charged with mining without permits.

Zama-zama is a colloquial term used in South Africa to describe illegal miners that risk their lives panning for gold and other precious metals mostly in abandoned shafts.

Codenia Sibanda, Khubekani Moyo and Kabelo Mosweu, aged between 20 and 30 years stood accused of carrying out illegal mining activities at the abandoned old pits of Shashe Gold mine near Francistown.

Sibanda and Moyo who opted to use Ndebele language in court were also charged with entering the cou...

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