# President Cyril Ramaphosa says government’s efforts to end illegal mining cannot focus only on the miners, but also on those people further up the value chain who benefit. Defence and Military Veterans minister Thandi Modise revealed last week that over four-thousand suspects have been arrested on various illegal mining-related charges. In his weekly newsletter, Ramaphosa says illegal mining is linked to other crimes such as money laundering and human trafficking. He says government’s actions against illegal mining are part of a broader effort to tackle all crimes of economic sabotage.
Ramaphosa says government’s actions to tackle illegal mining are part of a broader effort