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72 undocumented foreigners detained in Kimberley

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Operation Vala Umgodi, the multi-disciplinary operation that includes the SAPS, SANDF and the Department of Home Affairs’ Immigration Services, detained 72 undocumented immigrants in Kimberley.

Operation Vala Umgodi detained 72 undocumented immigrants in Kimberley. Picture: SAPS

IN A CLAMPDOWN on illegal mining, Operation Vala Umgodi actions – a collaborative effort between the SAPS, SANDF and the Department of Home Affairs’ Immigration Services – resulted in the detention of 72 undocumented immigrants in Kimberley on Sunday, June 16.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Timothy Sam said the focus of the latest operation was to identify and apprehend illegal and undocumented immigrants suspected of engaging in illicit mining operations within the vicinity of Samaria informal settlement.

The operation’s comprehensive approach included high-visibility patrols, strategic stop-and-search tactics, and targeted raids at predetermined locations.

The 72 individuals apprehended hail from various countries including Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Nigeria, among others. They are currently undergoing a verification process by immigration officials and will face formal charges followed by court proceedings for potential deportation.

Sam said that through Operation Vala Umgodi, the police have reaffirmed their commitment to eradicating the scourge of illegal mining – a problem exacerbated by undocumented and illegal migrants – and pledged continued collaboration with relevant stakeholders to address the issue effectively.

Operation Vala Umgodi detained 72 undocumented immigrants in Kimberley. Pictures: SAPS

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