Geologists are still trying to establish whether South Africa’s latest reported gold discovery is genuine. Last week, three people were injured in a landslide as hundreds joined the gold rush at Kwamachi village near Harding in the far south of KwaZulu-Natal.

This after rocks were found that appeared to bear traces of the precious mineral.

The site has now been cordoned off with razor wire to prevent any further digging.

MEC for Economic Development Sihle Zikalala joined the local traditional leader, Mthetho Machi and police officials on a visit to the site this weekend.

Zikalala has asked the public to stay away until the geologists have done their work.

“In the intervening period nobody should have access to the area or continue to mine. The officials must then be given enough access and safety to conduct the investigation.”