President Ramaphosa and Security Cluster to Formulate Strategies for Peace in Riverlea

President Ramaphosa and Security Cluster to Formulate Strategies for Peace in Riverlea

President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to convene a meeting with members of the security cluster on August 5, 2023, to address the escalating violence in Riverlea, Johannesburg.


The meeting aims to discuss potential interventions to deal with the situation, which has raised serious concerns in the community.

Turf War in Zamimpilo Informal Settlement

In what appears to be a violent turf war, nearly twenty illegal miners were fatally shot at the Zamimpilo Informal Settlement.

The incident has further exacerbated the already tense situation in the area, prompting urgent action from the government.

Possible Involvement of the South African National Defence Force

To tackle the ongoing violence and restore peace in Riverlea, Police Minister Bheki Cele has suggested the potential deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).


On August 4, 2023, Cele visited Riverlea and met with community members who expressed outrage over the situation.

In response to the growing concerns, the government is considering involving the military to help bring an end to the violence.

Addressing the Issue of Illegal Mining

In response to the escalating problem of illegal mining, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has taken action by establishing the Economic Infrastructure Task Teams (EITT) since 2022.

These teams have been deployed in various hot spot areas, including Riverlea, to combat illegal mining activities.

The main objectives of the EITT are to prevent damage to critical infrastructure and essential facilities, as well as to counter extortion on construction sites.


The government, along with the ministers of Defence and Home Affairs, aims to create a comprehensive plan to address the issue of illegal mining once and for all.

By tackling the problem at its root, they hope to prevent its spread from Krugersdorp to Riverlea, Benoni, and Florida.

Links to Previous Incidents

Additionally, the issue of illegal mining has been linked to a gas line explosion in the Johannesburg CBD.

The Zama Zamas, as the illegal miners are often referred to, have been implicated in various incidents of violence and disruption.

As the government takes steps to address the ongoing violence and illegal mining, the meeting between President Ramaphosa and the security cluster holds critical importance in formulating effective strategies and interventions to restore peace and security in Riverlea and surrounding areas.


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