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Who between the African and the land thief is “illegal” & a “grabber”?

Newspaper headlines often scream “illegal miners” and “land grabbers” and last week was no different with the events surrounding the trapped miners at Langlaate. Given the history of colonialism and the brutality with which colonialists stole African land and mines, Mxolisi Ka Nkomonde asks: who exactly are the illegal miners and land grabbers?

Colonialism in South Africa took an extremely violent turn after the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand in 1886 where ancient mines that Africans had been exploiting for centuries came into the hands of British settlers. This natural wealth led to a mass migration of criminals of German

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