Zama zamas bust for possession of minerals!

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THE police are working hard to eradicate illegal mining activities throughout South Africa.

This after four suspects, aged between 20 and 40, were arrested in Limpopo on Wednesday, 3 August.

According to Lieutenant-Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, a joint operation was conducted in Schilpadnest, Northam, where the suspects were arrested for possession of minerals.

“They recovered a Scania Interlink truck with double trailers loaded with minerals – truck valued at R900 000 and minerals at R170 000,” Ledwaba said in a statement.

He added that some items were found abandoned at the mine, including one truck valued at R1,2 million, two excavators valued at R1 million and chrome at R120 000.

“These latest arrests bring the total number of illegal miners nabbed during the past two weeks to 52. Others were arrested in Sekhukhune District under Apel and Mecklenburg policing areas,” Ledwaba said.

The suspects will appear in court soon.

Commissioner Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe said the arrests reflected their commitment in uprooting all illegal mining activities mushrooming in the province.

“Seeing that illegal mining activities have become a frustration to the country, arrests like these should bring comfort to our communities that the police are capable of dealing with illegal activities,” Hadebe said.

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