The government has been urged to establish a specialist mining police unit to combat and prevent illegal mining.

This comes on the backdrop of public outrage at the gang rape of eight women who were shooting a music video near a mine dump in Krugersdorp.

This was followed by multiple sting operations which resulted in the arrests of 189 illegal miners and immigrants.

Fourteen of those have since been charged with the rape of the eight women.

Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive, Tebello Chabana, says the sector is facing an unprecedented crisis in security and crime.

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