In Kagiso on Thursday, illegal miners, allegedly from Mozambique, were stripped naked by residents, their shacks torched and mine shafts shut by residents.
Resident Tiisetso Phadi, said they were doing what the police are failing to do by combatting crime committed by illegal miners.
“We shut every pocket that police failed to close. We’re doing the police's job. About six shafts were shut. We’re looking for other areas that need our attention,” Phadi said.
“Some people are making it easy for these people to live here. They sell us out. We plan to close down all operations.”