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Jerabos Riot Over Sinkhole Closure by Mopani

Some illegal copper dealers this morning fought running battles with police after Mopani Copper Mines closed a sinkhole near the South Ore Body Shaft for safety reasons.

The group of youths blocked roads and  burnt tyres in Kitwe’s Wusakile Township.

Motor vehicles belonging to Mopani Copper Mines were stoned by the angry groups of illegal Copper dealers.

Mopani Copper Mines Public Relations Manager Nebert Mulenga has confirmed the closure of the sinkhole where the suspected illegal copper dealers were scavenging minerals after exhausting their 10 per cent at the black mountain.

“Mopani Copper Mines Plc confirms that the sinkhole near the South Ore Body (SOB) in Kitwe has been secured as a safety precaution in line with mine safety regulations. The sinkhole is a caving area within Mopani Copper Mines Plc’s mining rights area and our securing it is also meant to curtail all illegal mining activities,” Mulenga has stated.

He said Mopani Copper Mines Plc is working closely with the Mines Safety Department (MSD), Zambia Police Service and other relevant authorities during the operation.

21 Comments

  1. Kabs

    Don’t allow those chaps to go ahead with there illegal mining at sinkhole.It’s dangerous as some people may lose their lives.It’s for their own safety.Guys please listen to what mopani management is telling you.We can’t afford to lose lives.

    • Jelabo

      Kabs you dont know what you are talking about. If you dont understand the implication of this decision, just keep quiet. Some of us who grew up on the copperbelt know that this decision will result in an increase in all sorts of crime. Those scavengers are bread winners in their families.

      • Ndoleleshafye

        Jerabo,i was born on the Copperbelt in Chingola – Nchanga Mine to be specific.What it is Jerabo is that when an area is a curved area it is barrigated for safety reasons,you Jerabo you are not supposse to tresspass or just go new the curved area.If you fell over akalyompi lobe Jerabo.

  2. muntungwa

    Jerabos think that they are cats with nine lives. They do not value their lives.

  3. Minor1

    They have been egged on by politicians. Now they are a law unto themselves. You reap what you sow.

  4. ivor

    don’t allow them to go those sinkholes because it is not safe n the area have no support

  5. Wilson

    May our men in uniform step in we can not allow lawlessness

  6. nkole frank

    men in uniform shud show yo selves

  7. Nyeeeeeeleti 🦉 you

    May your souls rest in pieces when it caves in 🦍🦍🙉🙉

  8. Kings

    Think properly you people who are wiser in your own folly, how can you close without giving what to do? kutumpa sanafye. yes it is risking their lives, but give them jobs since you are merciful, thats how you can avoid crime rate. Its easy to just stop them and expect them to keep quiet, avoid robberies.

  9. P.M

    This sinkhole is the responsibility of Mopani. If anything happens around this sinkhole, like loss of life, it will be the responsibility of Mopani. Mines have the responsibility to ensure that worked out areas are protected and that they dont endanger people and infrastructure. Why has this country become so lawless. Someone in this case Mopani has existing mining permit over the area where the sinkhole is !!. Even the dumps you are giving to cadres are owned by mining permit holders. Are these the jobs you promised people?

  10. Joshua

    Their are pf cadres, not jerabo’s. good job mopani, for safety of life.

  11. Colby jeff707@gmail.com

    Too much lawlesness In zambia, officers just go ahead and do yo job cos what they are doing is not safe.

  12. Kanyembo

    Like it or not,illegal is illegal. Good job mopani.

  13. Pf cader

    That is our mine tht the govnmnt gave us…are we going to eat you 🗣️🗣️🗣️

  14. Griffin kafula

    This point I think the government must take charge and find the solutions for the youths more especially those jelabos

  15. Charles

    Tyres burning on the new roads vehemently reducing the life span of the roads constructed at sacrificial cost to the Zambian economy.Shame.

  16. illegal

    As the Author puts illegal is illegal-period,

  17. GUN POINT

    Mukula Trees

  18. Jaytwo sikuku

    Well done ba mopani bt give them what to immediately…..

  19. Ndoleleshafye

    Jerabo,i was born on the Copperbelt in Chingola – Nchanga Mine to be specific.What it is Jerabo is that when an area is a curved area it is barrigated for safety reasons,you Jerabo you are not supposse to tresspass or just go new the curved area.If you fell over akalyompi lobe Jerabo.

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