On 14 July, OCCRP reported that a new report has found that gold smuggling, organised by individuals linked to the ruling establishment, deprives Zimbabwe of an estimated 36 tonnes of gold annually, worth 65% of the total production. It is said that gold dealers, who are protected by the ruling Zanu-PF party officials use state apparatus to capture and control gold-rich areas throughout the country; and, with the connivance of the authorities, smuggled out of the country, typically through South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique.
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