Suspects arrested for illegal mining

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Two suspects aged 30 and 38 were arrested on Thursday in Rustenburg for illegal mining. The suspects were allegedly found mining illegally using excavators.

Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso said the suspects had no environmental authorisation issued by the Department of Mineral Resources.

Rikhotso added that in a separate incident, eight suspects were arrested on Tuesday after they were found mining illegally with excavators and trucks in Rustenburg.

“The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation would like to send a stern warning to contractors who rent out their earth moving equipment to illegal miners that, any equipment found to be utilised in illegal mining activities will be seized for investigation” explained Rikhotso.

 All suspects will appear before the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on 14 December 2020.

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