29 Feb 2020
DiamondWorld Directory
Home |
Zimbabwe detains over 16000 illegal miners
Recovers 3.2 kg of gold and 4,876 diamonds
By: Diamond World News Service
Dec 29 2006 12:00AM
Reference: 689  

Zimbabwean police launched a major offensive against tens of thousands of illegal gold and diamond miners across the country, arresting 16,290 people over a three-week period, according to reports.
President Robert Mugabe said the campaign was necessary to curb crime and the destruction of forests.

The operation, codenamed Chikorokoza Chapera (The End of Illegal Gold Dealings), recovered 3.2 kg of gold, 524,000 kg of gold ore and 4,876 pieces of diamonds. Police burnt the temporary homes used by the miners and many suspects were arrested at border posts, caught trying to smuggle the minerals to neighbouring countries

Many people are thought to have been pushed into illegal mining following the collapse of the agricultural sector – previously the country’s largest employer. Zimbabwe’s economic woes also include an unemployment rate of above 80 per cent, a soaring inflation rate of over 1,000 per cent, a shortage of fuel and foreign currency and increasing levels of poverty.

Have Your Say
* Your view
* Name:
* Email:
* Town/city:
* Country/State:
HouseAd_Trade Fair
Search News by City
Kosher 23460
Kosher 23460
Recent Issue
Kosher 23460
News in Pictures
Young Diamantaires
Pictures: 16
Stunning Jewellery from Cannes 2019
Pictures: 24
Sparkly Jewels at Oscars 2019
Pictures: 19
Golden Globes 2018
Pictures: 15
Spotted: Who Wore What (December 2018)
Pictures: 4
India Diamond Week
Pictures: 8
Spotted: Who Wore What (October 2018)
Pictures: 7
Spotted: Who Wore What (September 2018)
Pictures: 6
70th Emmy Awards
Pictures: 11
35th India International Jewellery Show 2018
Pictures: 46
JJS - IJ Jewellers Choice Design Awards 2015 powered by GIA
Views: 24433
GJEPC Chairman Interview
Views: 22068
IJ Jewellers Choice Design Awards 2012 - Part 1
Views: 29237
Promo for IJ Awards 2012 at NDTV Profit
Views: 42708
IJ Jewellers Choice Design Awards 2012- Part 2
Views: 45072
Couture India 2016 - A Business Boutique Show by IJ Magazine
Views: 17848
Savjibhai Dholakiya, Surat Businessman (Diamond Merchant) speaks in Vibrant 2015
Views: 42992
IJ Jewellers Choice Design Awards 2013 - NDTV Video
Views: 41006
Finestar Diamonds
Member of:
Supporter of: