Six suspects aged between 19 and 42, recently appeared before the Graskop Magistrate’s Court for being in possession of gold bearing soil and contravening the Immigration Act. Their appearance came after they were nabbed during an operation which was conducted by members from the Dientjie Police Station who noticed a vehicle offloading suspicious bags around the area and called for backup.
On their arrival at the scene, the suspects, four Mozambicans, one South African and one Zimbabwean were found with the said bags loaded with gold bearing soil and were arrested on the spot. Police further discovered that four of the suspects are in the country without proper documentation hence the additional charge.
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela, has welcomed the arrest and commended the sterling work done by police in ensuring that the suspects are apprehended so that they can face the full might of the law. She has further warned the community to refrain from illegal mining as apart from being illegal, and also said this poses danger to life.