Operation Vala Umgodi continues in Gauteng as the team ascended to Springs in Ekurhuleni, where the dismantled another illegal mining activity on Monday, 04 March 2024.

During the operation, police arrested eight suspects, including six undocumented foreign nationals who are suspected to be involved in illegal mining. One suspect was arrested after he was found with an unlicensed firearm while the other suspect was arrested for dealing in liquor without a license.

Police confiscated the following tools that are used for illegal mining:
– 51 pendukas
– 02 gas bottles
– 05 spades
– 03 mottos
– 03 gearbox
– 01 melting pot
– 01 pik

The police urge the community members to report those who continue to harbour illegal miners and aid in illegal mining activities, as that it is criminal offense.