Fifteen suspects were apprehended for illegal mining activities in Mecklenburg, Sekhukhune in Limpopo on Thursday 01 June 2023. They will appear before the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court on Monday 05 June 2023 facing charges of illegal mining.
The suspects were arrested in Mecklenburg during a disruptive operation comprising the Provincial Illegal Mining Task Team and Organised Crime Investigation Unit in collaboration with a Private Security Company.
The operation was conducted at the Clapham Mining site, subsequently, eight males and seven female illegal miners were tactically pounced on while in the process of digging Chrome underground.
The police have managed to confiscate the mining equipment that was used in the illegal mining activities. It include 15 x wheelbarrows, 1x power generator, 2 x spades, 3 x chisels, 1 x hammer. 1 x hand hoe, and 1 x Shovel worth twenty-six thousand rands including 1 x full of chrome.
ILLEGAL MINING RIFE IN THE PROVINCE
The Provincial Commissioner of South African Police In Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the teams involved. For their collaborative efforts in apprehending the suspects and also ridding the Province of illegal mining activities.