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Illegal mining crackdown: 19 nabbed in Port Nolloth operation

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As part of efforts to combat illegal mining in the Namakwa District, a multi-disciplinary team from Operation Vala Umgodi conducted intelligence-driven operations in Port Nolloth on April 20, resulting in the apprehension of 19 suspects.

The police cracked down on illegal mining and related crimes in Port Nolloth. Pictures: SAPS

AS PART of efforts to combat illegal mining in the Namakwa District, a multi-disciplinary team from Operation Vala Umgodi conducted intelligence-driven operations in Port Nolloth on April 20, resulting in the apprehension of 19 suspects.

According to Northern Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Molefi Shemane, the team received crucial intelligence regarding illegal mining operations and related crimes occurring in identified areas within Port Nolloth. Acting swiftly, the members operationalised this information, leading to significant arrests.

The arrested individuals included 10 Zimbabwean men, aged between 24 and 42, who were apprehended for illegal mining. Additionally, six South African men, aged between 19 and 33, and three Lesotho men, aged 27, 33 and 36, were taken into custody for drug dealing.

The operation also led to the confiscation of dagga with an estimated street value of R75,000 and money suspected to be proceeds from criminal activities.

The police seized bags potentially containing diamond-bearing gravel, as well as generators, jackhammers and other equipment suspected to be used for illegal mining activities.

The 19 arrested suspects are expected to appear in court soon.

The Northern Cape provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Koliswa Otola, commended the team members for their relentless efforts in combating illicit mining and related crimes in the Namakwa District.

The police cracked down on illegal mining and related crimes in Port Nolloth. Pictures: SAPS

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