In responding to the ongoing scourge of illegal mining in Limpopo , the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation, accompanied by SAPS units seized equipment worth more than R2 million in Driekop on Friday.
According to Limpopo Hawks spokesperson, Capt Matimba Maluleke, the Hawks seized 25 chrome stockpiles and an excavator worth more than R2 million. The equipment belongs to a group of zama zamas.
The multidisciplinary operation included the Public Order Police, Local Criminal Record Centre, K9 unit, National Intervention Unit, Department for Mineral Resources and Modikwa Mine security.
“The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation, accompanied by SAPS units and other entities, conducted a whole day’s successful disruptive operation at Modikwa Mine.
“We managed to seize 25 chrome stockpiles and an excavator worth an estimated value of more than R2 million.
“The operation is a sequel to similar intelligence-driven operations that were conducted at the beginning of the year in some parts of the province.”
Maluleke added that high-intensity operations to address illegal mining activities in the province are still in the pipeline and no stone will be left unturned to arrest and convict those who are continuously perpetuating these illegal activities.