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Disruptive operations against illegal mining continue to yield results as two suspected illegal miners are arrested and mining equipment seized


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Limpopo

POLOKWANE - The sustained illegal mining operations conducted by members of the Provincial Organized Crime Investigation Unit, assisted by other Units and  the local Police, continue to yield positive results as two suspects were arrested and mining equipment seized in the Mecklenburg policing area outside  Burgersfort today, Tuesday 14 March 2023.

The Team operationalized the information received on illegal mining at Ga-Phasha, Selotela Village which led to the arrest of two suspects at about 09:00, after they were found illegally mining Chrome.

Police seized the following mining equipment:

*03x lasher Wheelbarrows.

*01x Generator.

*01x Jackhammer.

*01x Electronic cable.

The operation continued in this area and additional mining equipment were found abandoned and confiscated as well.

*13x lasher wheelbarrows

*03x Generators.

*04x jackhammers.

*08x jackhammer chezel.

*02x hammers.

*08x spades.

*01x hoe and 01xpick and

*03x electric cables

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended the members for sustaining these disruptive operations against illegal mining and has called on communities to continue assisting the Police in the fight against crime.

The two suspects aged 28 and 29 will appear in Mecklenburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday 16 March 2023.


Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo
082 876 6429


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