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Police unearth illegal miners’ hidden equipment on farm near Kimberley

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“Operation Vala Umgodi” team members returned to uncover hidden mining equipment and tools on a farm near Kimberley where 71 suspects were arrested for illegal mining last week.

The police confiscated mining equipment and implements suspected to have been used in illegal mining operations. Pictures: SAPS

AS PART of the police’s crackdown on illegal mining, “Operation Vala Umgodi” team members conducted an intelligence-driven operation on a farm near Kimberley on April 1.

The operation followed last week’s arrest of 71 suspects for illegal mining on the same farm, on March 26.

The operation was initiated based on information received about tools and mining equipment being concealed under grass on the farm by the suspected illegal miners.

The SA Police Service and the SA National Defence Force conducted intensive foot patrols on the farm, leading to the recovery of the hidden mining equipment.

The recovered items included empty buckets, steel stands, wooden sieves and shovels. Despite the recovery of the equipment, no further arrests were made at the time.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Molefi Shemane said that the multi-disciplinary team will continue with its efforts to prevent and combat crimes associated with illegal mining in identified hot-spot areas in the Province.

ALSO READ: 71 suspected illegal miners arrested on farm near Kimberley

The police confiscated mining equipment and implements suspected to have been used in illegal mining operations. Pictures: SAPS

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