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News: North West Hawks net 20 illegal miners and firearms, ammunition, explosives and money seized

Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation


NORTH WEST – The National Head for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Lieutenanant General Godfrey Lebeya has lauded the excellent arrests and seizures by the multi-disciplinary team and warned that this is only just the beginning.

In a continuous fight against illegal mining, the North West Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation assisted by members of the Hawks' Tactical Management Section, Special Task Force, National Intervention Unit, District Illegal Mining Task Team, Tactical Response Team, Bidvest Protea Coin, and Harmony Gold mine embarmarked on an early morning raid at a mine shaft in Stilfontein on 10 October 2022.

The operation follows weeks of surveillance into the alleged illegal mining activities of the suspects resulting in the arrest of twenty (20) suspects and the seizure of fifteen (15) AK47s, six (6) hunting rifles, two (2) shotguns and one (1) R5, boxes full of ammunition, explosives and an undisclosed amount of money.

The operation is ongoing and we cannot rule out the possibility of more arrests and more seizures.

Meanwhile the suspects are expected to make their first appearance before the Stilfontein Magistrate's Court on Wednesday 12 October 2022 where they will be facing preliminary charges of conspiracy to commit robbery to wit gold, possession of prohibited firearms, possession of ammunition and contravention of the immigration act.


Colonel Katlego Mogale
082 455 5782


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