Congo security forces evict illegal miners from Glencore project


Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have evicted illegal miners from a copper and cobalt mine run by Glencore.

The move by the police and army comes a week after a landslide at the Kamoto Copper Company (KCC) concession, majority-owned by a Glencore subsidiary.

43 people were killed in the incident, prompting a government pledge to remove the miners.

Local activists say the miners were later dispersed by security personnel when they protested outside the governor’s office in the city of Kolwezi to demand a new concession.

Earlier this week, the miners defied a deadline from the army to leave the mine.

Glencore said in a statement that Democratic Republic of Congo’s army had been deployed to an area around KCC. It estimates about 2,000 illegal miners enter KCC every day.

Last week, the army evicted thousands of miners from China Molybdenum’s nearby Tenke Fungurume mine.

Congo produces more than half the world’s cobalt, a key component in electric car and other electronic batteries, but is one of the world’s least developed countries, afflicted by corruption and conflict.


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