Protesting Illegal Miners Told They Own South Africa's Minerals

"It's time we demand our minerals, it's time we take our land," Meshack Mbangula, national organiser of the Mining Affected Communities United in Action organisation, told hundreds of informal miners who marched to the department of resources in Pretoria, demanding legalisation of their trade and the scrapping of the Mining Petroleum Resources Development Act.

The informal miners, or "zama-zamas", mobilised under the banner of Mining Affected Communities United in Action, an organisation formed in 2012 with the aim of uniting communities affected by large-scale mining operations on their land.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 100 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.