LIMPOPO – The
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) has arrested eight suspects
for illegal mining in Hlaneki, Mapuve and Mavalani villages, just outside
Giyani, on Thursday.
The suspects aged
between 31 and 65 are expected to appear in the Giyani Magistrate’s Court today
for contravening Precious Metal Act 37 of 2005.
The Hawks, the SAPS
Public Order Police, Tactical Response Team, National Intervention unit, Local
Criminal Record Centre, Explosives Unit, Crime Intelligence, Air Wing,
K9, South African National Defence Force, Department of Home Affairs,
Department of Mineral Resources, Department of Water and Sanitation conducted
simultaneous disruptive operations focusing on illegal mining at the three
villages, where the integrated team confiscated a generator, hose pipes, saws,
electric cables, hammers, 9mm live ammunition, gold nuggets, bags full of gold
bearing material, pendukas, grinder and a app gas.
The confiscated goods
are yet to be valued but they are expected to rum into millions. The suspects
were found processing gold and when they were apprehended.
Limpopo DPCI Provincial
Head Major General Thobeka Jozi has welcomed the successes emanating from this
operation and assured the public that police will continue to intensify such operations
in the strife to decisively deal with illegal mining which is contributing to
serious and violent crime in the province.
Source: South African Police Service
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