Police swoop on illegal mining processing operation, nab two suspects and recover suspected precious minerals and mining equipment

Police swoop on illegal mining processing operation, nab two suspects and recover suspected precious minerals and mining equipment
Police swoop on illegal mining processing operation, nab two suspects and recover suspected precious minerals and mining equipment. Image source: SAPS

Police in Limpopo have arrested two suspects, aged 25 and 31, in Giyani for possession of suspected precious metals (concentrated gold dust) following an intelligence-driven operation conducted from Monday, 20 November 2023 until the early hours of Tuesday, 21 November 2023.

Information was received on a group of suspects who allegedly deal with precious metals and an investigation was activated. The members of Mopani Illegal Task team followed up on the information.

The information led the team to a secluded area in the bushes near Mapuve mining area. Upon arrival, one suspect was arrested and the others evaded arrest by fleeing on foot. During the arrest, Police confiscated a bag containing suspected precious minerals.

Police also seized the mining equipment which were abandoned by the suspects such as wielding machine, wheel barrow, electrical cable and conveyor belts.

Another 31- year-old suspect was apprehended in the same area while engaging in the same criminal activity. He too was found in possession of a bag containing suspected precious minerals. Police further confiscated some mining equipment.

“We are committed to combating illegal mining operations, taking decisive actions to address this issue and uphold the rule of law,” said Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe

“Public safety and the protection of natural resources remain our top priorities in this endeavour. We still urge the community to report any suspicious activities related to illegal mining to assist us in our efforts to maintain a safe and lawful environment,” added Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe

The two suspects are expected to appear before Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 22 November 2023, facing charges of possession of suspected precious minerals.

Police investigation continues.

SAPS Newsroom