Calls for calm in protest-hit Kagiso

Calls for calm in protest-hit Kagiso

There have been calls for calm and restraint in Kagiso, where a vigilantism movement's swept through parts of Gauteng's West Rand on Friday. 

Kagiso Protest, House on fire
Guillem Sartorio / AFP

Public anger boiled over following the horrific gang rape of eight women in Krugersdorp last week, allegedly by illegal miners. 


Kagiso residents, who are fed up with illegal mining activities and rising crime levels, took matters into their own hands on Thursday, raiding makeshift shafts to track down suspected zama zamas. 


Police say they have managed to rescue at least 20 people from angry community members. 

 READ: Strong police presence in Kagiso amid community crackdown on zama zamas

One person was killed during the demonstrations.


Executive Mayor in Mogale City Tyrone Gray has appealed to residents to allow police to do their jobs. 


"It's a very dangerous situation, however we are committed to partnering and supporting the police along with department of  security and safety to roll out more of their coordinated events. We don’t want to vigilantism.”

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