On Tuesday, 12 March 2024, foreign national males involved in purported illicit mining activities were apprehended inside dump holes at Molati village outside Letsitele in the Mopani District during Operation Vala Umgodi.

Additionally, on Tuesday, 12 March 2024, a Border Policing Team arrested a male suspect for possession and dealing in dagga, and illicit cigarettes during a disruptive Operation Vala Umgodi. The team seized stolen alcohol, illicit cigarettes, dagga valued at approximately R50, 000 along with cash amounting to R10.696.77 and two laptops. The suspect was driving a white Toyota Combi bearing Zimbabwean car registration numbers which was confiscated for investigative purposes.

Separately, an investigation into illegal sand mining at Moletjie has been initiated by the Police in Seshego following the discovery of an abandoned white Mercedes Benz and red Isuzu tipper truck loaded with sand after suspects fled on foot. The police also confiscated mining equipment that included ten shovels and three picks. One suspect who was found mining sand illegally was arrested.

The arrested suspects are set to appear before various Magistrate’s Courts on Friday, 15 March 2024.

The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe appreciated the collaborative efforts by the Teams involved.