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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) has arrested eight suspects for illegal mining in Hlaneki, Mapuve and Mavalani villages, just outside Giyani, on Thursday.
This was a joint operation that was carried out by The Hawks, the SAPS Public Order Police, Tactical Response Team, National Intervention unit, Local Criminal Record Centre, Explosives Unit, Crime Intelligence, Air Wing, K9, South African National Defence Force, Department of Home Affairs, Department of Mineral Resources, Department of Water and Sanitation.
Items such as a generator, hose pipes, saws, electric cables, hammers, 9mm live ammunition, gold nuggets, bags full of gold bearing material, pendukas, grinder and a app gas were confiscated on the scene.
Value of the goods is yet to be determined.
These suspects are said to be aged between 31 and 65.
They are expected to appear in the Giyani Magistrate’s Court today for contravening Precious Metal Act 37 of 2005.