Court appearance of suspects connected to money laundering and illegal mining

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Court appearance today of three suspects who were found in possession of illegal mining explosives and money laundering.

The suspects aged between 32 and 50 were arrested on Monday during an intelligence driven operation in Khuma for illegal mining, illegal possession of gold bearing material, illegal dealing in gold and money laundering after a year long investigation of illegal gold trading around Khuma area.

Police say evidence gathered thus far, suggests that the suspects are allegedly involved in elaborate clandestine mining activities which borders with a parallel illicit economy, high levels of violence and money laundering.

They added that more evidence was gathered after a simultaneous raiding was conducted which resulted in the seizure of R760 000 cash, a firearm, two Mercedes Benz sedans, Toyota double cab, Isuzu bakkie, mercury and gold refining paraphernalia.

The operation was conducted by the Serious Organised Crime Investigation assisted by members of Tactical Response Team, Northern Cape Detectives, the Kenneth Kaunda District Illegal Mining team and LCRC.

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