Illegal mining operations busted in Northern Cape


In an effort to eliminate the ongoing challenges associated with illegal mining operations, law enforcers from the Namakwa district in the Northern Cape have carried out a massive raid in the Nuttabooi mining area.

The operation, called Vala Umgodi, focused on transnational offenses and the increasing crime in this mining area.

Brig. Mashay Gamieldien, police spokesperson, said a multidisciplinary team consisting of the police, the army (SANW), the department of internal affairs, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the department of justice and the Vetus Schola security company, raided the area. and arrested 24 people who are in the country illegally.

Of the 24 people, 12 are Lesotho citizens, 11 are Zimbabweans, and one is a citizen of Mozambique.

“The teams seized equipment and tools used for illegal mining operations, including generators, sieves, hammers, power converters, safety boots, overalls, gas cylinders, a television set, cooking utensils and gas stoves,” Gamieldien said.

“The items were found in an uninhabited hut in the Bontekooi informal residential area.”

Lt. Gen. Koliswa Otola, provincial police commissioner, indicated that the police will not allow the province to be infiltrated by foreign nationals.

“These kinds of operations will ensure that we reduce the number of places where these illegal miners can work,” said Otola.

Otola also commended those involved for their tireless efforts to eradicate illegal mining in the district.