Survivors of last month’s Battlefields Mine Disaster have warned that if the government chases them from the mines, they have no option but to resort to robbery, theft, murder and cattle rustling.
One of the miners who spoke to NewZimbabwe.com, Tinashe Kadoko had this to say:
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Usually, we spend about three months straight without going back home raising enough to use when we go back and to survive when we are here.
The situation is currently bad because the disaster means we have not been working for close to a month now, we have to recover that time and get as much as we can if we are to go back home let alone survive.
If what we hear is true that government wants to chase us off Cricket and Silvermoon Mines then we are headed for very dangerous times I tell you.
There is a lot of gold here and death follows where there is a lot of it you know us, get ready for robberies, murders and a lot of cattle rustling.
The Battlefields Mine Disaster killed 24 miners when rainwater from a drain nearby cascaded into the shafts at night thereby trapping the miners who were underground.
A few ‘makorokoza’ survived by standing in neck-deep water for four days without food.