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Operation intensifies efforts to combat illegal mining activities

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A multi-disciplinary law enforcement operation, dubbed Operation Vala Umgodi, which has targeted illicit mining operations in the Northern Cape, has yielded more success after bags of possible diamond-bearing gravel and mining equipment were confiscated.

Bags full of possible diamond-bearing gravel were confiscated during Operation Vala Umgodi. Picture: SAPS

A MULTI-disciplinary law enforcement operation, dubbed Operation Vala Umgodi, which has targeted illicit mining operations in the Northern Cape, has yielded more success after bags of possible diamond-bearing gravel and mining equipment were confiscated.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Molefi Shemane said the collaborative operation, involving the SA Police Service (SAPS), the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and the Department of Home Affairs, took place from March 4 to March 10.

“The operation focussed on hot-spot areas linked to illegal mining-related crimes in Kimberley and Kleinzee. The operations will continue with more boots on the ground, increasing police visibility in an attempt to stabilise, normalise and reclaim the Province from illicit mining activities,” said Shemane.

“The SAPS members and collaborators conducted compliance inspections, way-lay operations and foot and vehicle patrols at mines and dumping sites and intensified police visibility at shopping malls, complexes and taxi ranks. Vehicle checkpoints were also conducted to address illegal mining and related crime activities from entering or exiting the Province.”

Shemane added that several arrests were made.

“Several fines were issued for contravening the Road Traffic Act as well as the Forest and Fisheries and Environmental Act. The team also confiscated two LDV bakkies, expired goods, illicit cigarettes, dagga and drugs.

“The provincial commissioner of the SAPS, Lieutenant-Genera Koliswa Otola, welcomed and appreciated the co-operation between the various law enforcement agencies in effectively addressing illegal mining activities,” Shemane said.

The police also confiscated mining equipment suspected to have been used for illegal mining activities. Picture: SAPS
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