The Provincial Organized Crime Unit of the South African Police Service in Limpopo arrested five suspects aged between 27 and 50 for allegedly tampering with electricity supply to Sefateng Chrome Mine in the Mecklenburg policing area outside Burgersfort.
The suspects were arrested on Friday, 17 March 2023.
A group people calling themselves Mampa Community Forum have reportedly been throwing chains on the power lines that supply electricity to the said Mine, thereby tripping power supply.
This after they apparently could not have their demands met by the mine.
The group has allegedly been engaged in these activities since 13 February 2023 until they were halted by the Police on Thursday, 16 March 2023.
A case of extortion was then opened and the Provincial Organized Crime Unit took over the investigation.
The suspects are expected to appear in Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 20 March 2023.
More arrests are expected.