90 suspected illegal miners arrested this week

Friday, December 29, 2023

The South African Police Service (SAPS) have arrested more than 90 undocumented foreign nationals who are suspected to be illegal miners. 

The police are conducting integrated operations against illegal mining, focusing on affected districts such as Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and the West Rand.

These operations continue to yield positive results, the SAPS said.

“During the operations the police seized illegal mining tools that included, pendukas, penduka stands, generators, gas cylinders, jack hammers, steel balls, gold bearing material, a welding machine, water pump motors and two live ammunition of a rifle. Illegal mining sites were also disrupted and dismantled.

“The law enforcement agencies will continue with these operations in the province,” said the police in a statement.

Members of the community are urged to work together with the police in fighting crime by reporting any criminal activities to Crime Stop at 08600 10111 or anonymously give tip offs on MySapsApp. – SAnews.gov.za