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2021/07/09      |  Written By:  Colonel M Gamieldien   |   Province:  Northern Cape

KIMBERLEY : A multi-disciplinary operation conducted in the Namakwa District dealt illegal diamond miners a hard blow following a crime intelligence driven operation that was executed over two days which commenced on 06 July 2021 and ended on 07 July 2021. The operation focused on illegal mining activities in the areas of Port Nolloth and Kleinsee. Police actions were conducted at the Oubeep/ Tweepad mine and Nuttabooi mine as well as raids at Bontekoe Hostel.

On 05 July 2021, the Commanders of a multi-disciplinary task team were addressed by the Acting Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Major General Joey Kers after an intelligence briefing and on 06 July 2021 the multi-disciplinary task team, under the operational command of the Acting Deputy Provincial Commissioner, Brigadier Hennie van Rensburg, inclusive of Crime Intelligence, Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigations (DPCI) , Provincial Operational Command Centre (POCC), Provincial Vispol, Provincial ORS, Provincial Corporate Communication, Springbok Public Order Police, Upington Public Order Police, Springbok K9, Kuruman Highway patrol, Upington Highway  and the Department of Home Affairs executed disruptive actions in Oubeep and Nuttabooi mining areas.

During these actions 37 suspects, of which 35 were males and 2 females, were apprehended and arrested in the mining area of Oubeep and Nuttabooi. They were charged for illegal mining. Five (5) vehicles were also impounded as they were utilised in the commission of a crime.

Twenty eight (28) suspects were warned to appear before the Port Nolloth Periodic Court on Tuesday , 03 August 2021. Nine (9) undocumented persons, eight (8) males and one (1) female, appeared today before the Springbok Magistrate’s Court and the case was postponed until Monday, 12 July 2021 for formal bail application.

On 07 July 2021, the collective group executed raids at the Bontekoe Hostel during which 5 undocumented males were arrested and detained in Springbok.

Numerous digging equipment and implements, including generators, shovels, hammers, Jigs and power tools as well as numerous bags of diamond-bearing gravel were seized.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Major General Joey Kers, commended the multi-disciplinary task team which executed the disruptive actions,

stating that these disruptive actions sent a clear message to illegal miners that their disregard for the law will not be tolerated and continuous actions will prevail.