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Police clamp down on illegal mining, Burgersfort

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 on 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:

3x lasher Wheelbarrows.
1x Generator.
1x Jackhammer.
1x Electronic cable.

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

13x lasher wheelbarrows
3x Generators.
4x jackhammers.
8x jackhammer chisel.
2x hammers.
8x spades.
1x hoe and 1xpick.
3x 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.

SAPS Newsroom

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