South Africa police has launched a manhunt for killers of nine illegal miners who were stoned to death in a western district of Johannesburg.
Report says the bodies of miners from Lesotho were found lying in the streets of Matholeville, while another seriously injured victim was rushed to hospital. This is coming few hours after police raided the area on Friday’s
Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Elias Mawela in a statement said “We condemn this barbaric attack and we will ensure we leave no stone unturned in making the people of Matholeville and Roodepoort to feel safe,” “The suspects will be arrested as soon as possible and the police will not sleep until we find them,”.
He has also summoned officers from other units in Johannesburg to join in the manhunt. Police said they have arrested 87 people for questioning, but they are seeking more information
South Africa is one of the most violent countries in the world. Excerpts from government data shows that, at least 58 murders a day were recorded last year.
Thousands of illegal miners, known as “zama zamas” (“those who try their luck” in Zulu) work in the country.
Reports says Violent clashes between rival groups of workers are commonplace.