Nine illegal miners have been arrested during a protest against their eviction in the Northern Cape.

The illegal miners maintain that they will not stop mining at Kimberley Ekapa Mining JV despite the High Court granting the mine permission to evict them.

The illegal miners’ spokesperson, Patrick Masilo says they are prepared to sit down with mining bosses and come up with an amicable solution.

He says they are not going to retreat.

“We are not going to allow the mine security or the mine itself to come evict us.”

“We are from this continent. The person who wants to evict us is not even from this continent and we will continue mining in our land,” says Masilo.