Illegal mining continues in and around Limpopo, this is despite the recent deaths caused by the illegal trade. Members of the Provincial Organized Crime Unit of SAPS in Limpopo, have on Monday, 16 March 2020, arrested two alleged illegal miners aged 29 during an operation that was conducted in the Malipsdrift policing area.
“The suspects were allegedly spotted transporting unprocessed chrome along the R37 road between Burgersfort and Lebowakgomo in the early hours of the morning , at about 00:05. They were immediately arrested and the truck along with the chrome was then confiscated,” said Limpopo SAPS’s Col Moatshe Ngoepe.
Both suspects have already been positively linked with an illegal mining activity in the Atok area and will soon appear in the Lebowakgomo Magistrate‘s Court.
The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has commended the members for their determination in fighting illegal mining in the province.
It is not clear at this stage where the chrome was transported. Police investigations are still continuing.