Mine manager arrested for illegal mining allegations

A mine manager was arrested for Contravention of the National Environmental Management Act last Thursday.

This is following a tip-off from the Department of Mineral Resources officials about illegal mining activities taking place at a coal mine in Mooihoek, Piet Retief .

According to a report, mining activities were carried out in the area. However, the permit held by the mine was questionable. During the operation, the mine manager, Mbongiseni Josiah Nhlabathi (38) was found on site with some employees.

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Upon checking the area in which the mine was operating, a permit was produced however the permit thereof seems to have some discrepancies. It was discovered that the DMR did not allocate the area as a mining site. Hence this matter is subject to the department while investigations continue.

The mine manager was arrested for Contravention of the National Environmental Management Act but was released on free bail on Friday, April 12.

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Six tipper trucks as well as two light delivery vehicles were seized for further investigation.


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