A gold miner points to gold he found in the Dagua River in Zaragoza, Colombia, Wednesday, July 8, 2009. Several families make a living by sifting through the silt of Dagua River in search for gold which they sell for US$20 per gram. (AP Photo/Christian Escobar Mora)
NUM says small mining company Floxy Four is mining with illegal immigrants at night.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed its “shock” that Floxy Four, a small mining company based in Amalia township, North West Province has been mining with illegal immigrants at night.

The NUM said the mine has not officially been operational since 2012, but there are trucks operating every night, which indicates that the mine operates at night.

“The community has also reported that there are illegal immigrants who are used as cheap labourers at night and the NUM has reported the matter to the Department of Mineral Resources three times. DMR Minister Mosebenzi Zwane is aware of the illegal mining activity taking place at the mine,” said NUM.

NUM deputy president Joseph Montisetse further said that the NUM is very concerned because the country’s laws are not being respected.

“We are also disturbed that the DMR as the regulator is fully aware of this illegal mining but they are doing nothing,” he said. According to NUM, the former mineworkers who used to work for this company now live in poverty. The mine was the only source of employment for the community of Amalia township.