Speaker, let me respond to the member from the UDM who spoke about the illegal mining challenge we face. I think I agree with him, but we as South Africans should unequivocally condemn these activities, not only because of the loss of life of those poor people who risk their lives in this activity, but because we also know that many of our nationals are forced to go and work down there to extract these minerals.
As a government we want to say that we are not concerned only about this mining, but we are looking at the whole value chain of these organised criminals. We are equally concerned about those who are sitting in Sandton, who receive these minerals. We are equally concerned about those in North America and in Europe who actually benefit most from these activities. We will not relent until we send them to jail.
We are making progress as a government. The multidisciplinary team, led by the security force agencies and the National Prosecuting Authority, is making headway on this. Soon we will succeed in arresting, in particular, those who are at the top of this value chain.
We must also support the stakeholders' forum which has been set up by Minister Shabangu, who is leading this programme. I thank you. [Applause.]