Hawks operation lands three illegal miners behind bars

LIMPOPO � Three suspects aged between 30 and 40 are expected to appear in court on Monday after they were arrested yesterday for charges related to illegal mining in Modikwa, Limpopo.

The suspects were apprehended during a joint disruptive operation conducted by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation with the assistance of the local police, the Department for Mineral Resources and Black Chrome mine securities.

The trio were found busy mining at the shafts adjacent to where one of their associate was recently found dead on Tuesday by the mine security, reportedly from an incident where rocks fell on him whilst he was also illegally mining. Equipment which include an excavator, stock piles of precious metals to the value of over R400 000-00 and a Mercedes Benz ML 350 AMG belonging to the suspects were seized.

The suspects are expected to appear at the Mecklenburg Magistrate’s Court to face charges relating to illegal mining, unlawful possession of precious metal and defeating the ends of justice.

Source: South African Police Service