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2023/11/10      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel S Kock   |   Province:  Northern Cape

Kimberley: 09 November 2023 - In an effort  to address the ongoing illegal mining actions in Kimberley, the Frances Baard District Commissioner,  Major General Johan Bean  and his multi-disciplinary team executed an illegal mining operation  on 08 November 2023 in Kimberley. The  intelligence driven operation  focusing on illegal mining in Kimberley netted 14 undocumented persons and the  confiscation of a significant amount of  mining equipment. 

Members from the office of the Frances Baard District Commissioner, Kimberley, Roodepan, Galeshewe and Kagisho Police Stations,  Crime Intelligence, K-9 Unit, Flying Squad, Tactical Response Team, Mounted unit, Ekapa Mine Security,  Sol Plaatje Security, local traffic and the Department of Home Affairs executed the operation. 

Undocumented persons from Lesotho and Zimbabwe comprising of 11  men and 3 women were arrested at the Kenilworth mining area, close to Samaria Road in Kimberley. The District Commissioner of Frances Baard, Maj Gen Johan Bean commended the Kimberley SAPS Station Commander, Brig Nicholas Mtongana and the  team  and reiterated that illegal mining is one of the  priorities SAPS will be focusing on during this Festive Season and beyond.