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Foreign nationals arrested for illicit mining

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Seven foreign nationals were arrested in connection with illegal mining activities in the Namakwa District during “Vala Umgodi” operations in the Northern Cape.

Seven suspects were arrested during Vala Umgodi operations in the Namakwa District. Picture: SAPS

SEVEN foreign nationals were arrested in connection with illegal mining activities in the Namakwa District during “Vala Umgodi” operations in the Northern Cape from July 1 to 5.

The operation was led by the police and the SA National Defence Force.

SAPS spokesperson Sergeant Timothy Sam said the suspects were charged with contravention of the Immigration Act, the possession of numerous illicit mining equipment and suspected diamond-bearing gravel in and around Bontakoe, Koingnaas and Twee Pad mining areas.

“The suspects were processed by the Department of Home Affairs Immigration Services for court purposes,” said Sam.

He added that the police also issued fines for contravention of the National Road Traffic Act at different vehicle checkpoints around Komaggas and Hondeklipbaai.

“Illicit mining has a detrimental financial impact on the state, employees, companies and the country because of loss of revenue,” Sam pointed out.

He encouraged the public to report illegal mining to SAPS Crime Stop 08600 10111.

Seven suspects were arrested during Vala Umgodi operations in the Namakwa District. Picture: SAPS

Illicit mining equipment was confiscated from the suspects. Picture: SAPS
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