The bill, the DA says, will stop mining sector growth and probably lead to closed shafts
and workers losing their jobs, and will also mean fewer exports and a worse balance of payments position.
Most of the miners are illegal immigrants and break through concrete seals covering closed shafts
. Sometimes they sneak past security or bribe guards and stay underground for months digging for gold before leaving by shafts several kilometres away.
Even though Harmony provided security for closed shafts
, some guards are bribed by the illegal miners, Smith said.