Four undocumented foreign nationals arrested and illicit mining equipment confiscated

CRIME

By Staff Reporter

POLOKWANE-Four undocumented suspects were arrested and several illicit mining equipments confiscated on Wednesday 13 September 2023 at about 14h00 in Apel Policing area under Sekhukhune District.

The team received valuable information through a tip-off and a sting operation was conducted at three houses where unknown suspects were allegedly mining Chrome in the backyards.

The suspects were not found on the scene but police managed to seize Chrome to the quantity of 72.500 tons.

Equipment such as 3 x Jackhammers, 5 x Shovels,1 x Wheelbarrow, 2 x Picks, 2 x Drill beats and a Bundle of electric cables were also seized.

The operation continued in the area and four illegal immigrants were arrested.

The four male suspects aged between 19 and 25 are expected to appear before the Sekhukhune Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, Thursday 14 September 2023 on charges of Contravention of the Immigration Act.

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