POLOKWANE - The Police in Limpopo are determined to eradicate illegal mining activities through continued disruptive operations in the affected areas. This comes after a successful joint disruptive operation that resulted in the arrest of two suspected illegal miners aged 37 and 48 at Bergenek in Westenburg policing area outside Polokwane yesterday, Friday 10 February 2023.
The joint operation was led by the acting Capricorn District Commissioner, Brigadier Sivhula joined by the Station Commander of Westenburg Lieutenant Colonel Pilusa. When the team pounced on the group, they were busy with illegal mining activities and two suspects were arrested. The other suspects managed to evade the arrest by fleeing the scene on foot.
The following were seized during the operation:
Pendukas, three generators, spades, soil extracts from the mines and corrugated irons.
Police also arrested four suspects aged between 19 and 38 during the same operation for contravention of the Immigration Act.
The six suspects will appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Monday, 13 February 2023.
Police investigations are still continuing.
Source: South African Police Service