The three suspects arrested by the Hawks for illegal mining activities in Driekop appeared before the Praktiseer Magistrate’s court on Thursday.

The trio,Tshegofatso Makwana (25) Chegofatso Komane (29) and Sipho Pilusa (43) were all denied bail and their case was postponed to 6 August for further police investigations.

The suspects were arrested on Tuesday, 28 July 2020 during an Intelligence driven operation that was jointly conducted with members of the SAPS Provincial Organised Crime Unit, the Provincial Operations Command Center (POCC) Task Team and the Public Order Police in the Burgersfort area next to Modikwa Platinum mine.

The police operationalized the information received about the latest illegal mining activity that was taking place in this area and arrested the suspects at Balotjaneng village.

Two excavators, one truck and stockpile of unprocessed chrome were seized.
The total value of the items that were confiscated is estimated at about six million rands.
The Police investigations are still continuing.


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