Hundreds of illegal miners from across the country have besieged the suburb of Matsheumhlope in Bulawayo following the discovery of gold nuggets in the area with homes and the environment in the city now under siege.
The daring illegal miners also known as amakorokoza have turned a piece of land in Matsheumhlope into gullies within days of the discovery of the gold deposits in the area while threatening to dig through a nearby house.
A visit to the area by ZBC News crew saw the amakorokoza vanishing into the bush only to reappear and give off cuff interviews from a distant as they assumed the crew was in the company of law enforcement agents.
According to the illegal miners’ version, the amakorokoza are grouped in clusters of eight to 10 people from as far as Gokwe and each group is realising around 15 to 30 grams of gold a day.
Zimbabwe Miners’ Federation spokesperson Mr Dosman Mangisi said he is worried about the situation obtaining in the suburb while calling for order in the mining sector.
Environmental Management Agency Bulawayo Provincial Manager Mr Decent Ndlovu urged miners to practice proper mining methods to preserve the environment.
Contacted for comment, Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Garikai Chipfunde said his office is yet to get details of the illegal mining activities in the area.