The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (HAWKS) in Limpopo confirmed that they have arrested eight Zama-zamas for illegal mining in the Ka-Nhlaniki, Ka-Mavalani as well as Ka-Mapuve villages outside Giyani on Thursday.
The HAWKS, the SAPS, National Intervention Unit, Local Criminal Record Centre, Explosives Unit, Crime Intelligence, Air Wing, K-9, the SANDF, the Department of Home Affairs as well as the Department of Water and Sanitation have simultaneously conducted a disruptive operation which focused on illegal mining at the three villages.
A generator, hose pipes, saws, electric cables, hammers, 9-mm live ammunition, gold nuggets, bags full of gold bearing material, phendukas, a grinder and other equipments were confiscated by police during the operation.
All confiscated goods are still to be valued but police say they are expected to reach millions.
Suspects are said to have been processing gold when law enforcement apprehended them.
The eight suspects with ages between 31 and 65 are expected to appear in the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 8 May, on charges of contravening the Precious Metal ACT 37 of 2005.
Major General, Thobeka Jozi, the Limpopo HAWKS Provincial Head has welcome the successes this operation has achieved and has assured the public that the police will continue to intensity such operations to deal with illegal mining which is contributing to services and violence crime in the province.
SOURCE – ebnewsdaily.co.za
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