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Over 100 Suspected Illegal Miners Arrested in Joint Operation

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Over 100 Suspected Illegal Miners Arrested in Joint Operation

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On Friday, 01 December 2023, a joint operation involving the South African Police Service, South African National Defence Force, Department of Home Affairs, and other law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrest of over 100 undocumented individuals suspected of being involved in illegal mining.

Over 100 Suspected Illegal Miners Arrested in Joint Operation
Over 100 Suspected Illegal Miners Arrested in Joint Operation
Over 100 Suspected Illegal Miners Arrested in Joint Operation
Over 100 Suspected Illegal Miners Arrested in Joint Operation
Over 100 Suspected Illegal Miners Arrested in Joint Operation
Over 100 Suspected Illegal Miners Arrested in Joint Operation
Over 100 Suspected Illegal Miners Arrested in Joint Operation
Over 100 Suspected Illegal Miners Arrested in Joint Operation

These arrests took place in the Marathon Informal Settlement in Primrose, Ekurhuleni, where there have been reports of illegal mining activities and random shootings.

During the operation, several locations where gold-bearing materials were being illegally processed were raided and dismantled. Additionally, a significant quantity of tools of the trade, including gas cylinders, pendukas, explosives, and generators, were seized.

According to Police Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo, the integrated forces deserve commendation for their efforts in addressing the issue of illegal mining. Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela also praised the collaborative approach of the law enforcement agencies and emphasized the importance of community involvement in reporting illegal activities.

“The presence of the SANDF members and other law enforcement agencies is helping us a great deal as we continue to make inroads in the fight against illegal mining in our province,” said Lieutenant General Mawela.

Masondo further highlighted that these joint operations, led by senior officers, will continue across the province to combat the pervasive issue of illegal mining.

 

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