The bodies were discovered at the Zamimpilo informal settlement on Sunday morning.
Police say preliminary investigations suggests that the five died following a shootout between two rival groups of illegal miners.
Bench Marks Foundation’s Makhotla Sefuli says government should give Zama Zamas permits in order to operate legally and pay taxes like everyone else in the country.
On Monday, angry residents took to the streets to vent their anger over the illicit mining activities in their community, with some saying they now live in fear.
Main Reef Road, Riverlea, JHB: protest action. pic.twitter.com/YctK4hPOYh
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Police have since promised to deploy the Tactical Response Team (Amabherete) to monitor the situation.
Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa