Duo nabbed for illegal mining during operation

Two suspects, aged 29 and 36 were arrested during the Operation Vala Umgodi in Schoemanskloof on Friday, June 28.

They were arrested for mining related offences and charged for Contravention of the National Environmental Management Act.

Their arrest was made during the time when police assigned to carry out duties in relation to Operation Vala Umgodi received a tip-off about illegal mining activities carried out by some people in the area.

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The suspects were caught with 20 generators, five drill machines, a motor, a shovel and other items believed to be used for illegal mining activities. A bakkie was also confiscated

VIDEO: Police at the scene

The suspects are expected to appear in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on Monday, July 1,2024.

The acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Zeph Mkhwanazi has indicated that those who are busy with illegal mining activities should just give up before they are caught.

“The team will not retreat and one thing for sure is that Operation Vala Umgodi is here to stay. Those who think that the operation is meant for a short while, they are definitely mistaken because we intend to extend it for a longer period. So far we have seen that the operation is yielding positive results since it started and that’s enough encouragement to move forward, ” said the General.

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Meanwhile MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Jackie Macie has lauded the police for their efforts in curbing illegal mining in the province.

“Let us continue to work together to make our province a safer place for all its residents. Your hard work and dedication do not go unnoticed,” said Macie.

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