The fifteen suspects apprehended for illegal mining activities in Mecklenburg on Thursday, 01 June 2023, will appear before the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court on Monday 05 June 2023 facing charges of illegal mining.

The suspects were arrested in Mecklenburg during a disruptive operation comprising of the Provincial Illegal Mining Task Team and Organised Crime Investigation Unit in collaboration with Private Security Company.

The operation was conducted at Clapham Mining site, subsequently eight males and seven female illegal miners were tactically pounced while in the process of digging Chrome underground.

The police have managed to confiscate the mining equipment that were used in the illegal mining activities which includes 15 x wheelbarrow, 1x power generator, 2 x spades, 3 x chisels, 1 x hammer, 1 x hand hoe and 1 x Shovel worth twenty six thousand rands including 1 x full of chrome.

The Provincial Commissioner of South African Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the teams involved for their collaborative efforts in apprehending the suspects and also ridding the Province of illegal mining activities.