SA: 6 Zim unlawful mining kingpins arrested as crack police unit raids homesteads; luxurious automobiles seized

By Sunday World SA

SOUTH AFRICA: The Hawks, in collaboration with police and Dwelling Affairs, have forged a web wider for the culprits concerned in unlawful mining.

The law-enforcement authorities confirmed that six suspects believed to be unlawful mining kingpins had been arrested in Carletonville and Khutsong throughout a raid that started within the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale mentioned: “The Hawks’ Gauteng along with the Division of Dwelling Affairs and different stakeholders are conducting an operation on the unlawful mining kingpins’ residences in Carletonville and Khutsong.

“Six suspects have been arrested for the reason that early hours of this morning. The multi-disciplinary workforce can also be seizing their luxurious autos and investigations are nonetheless ongoing.”

After the raids, the authorities convened a media briefing on the Lebanon leisure centre in Westonaria the place they confirmed the arrests and famous that one suspect continues to be on the run.

The police mentioned the six kingpins are all from Zimbabwe, whereas the fugitive originates from Mozambique.

The suspects, who face fees of fraud and money-laundering, are believed to be dealing in valuable metals bought from the notorious Zama Zamas for processing and promoting. They’re anticipated to look on the Carletonville Justice of the Peace’s court docket on Wednesday.

“The suspects will seem within the Carletonville Justice of the Peace’s court docket tomorrow (Wednesday), 5 October 2022, on fees of money-laundering, dealing in unlawful valuable metals, and fraud,” mentioned Mogale.

“Six transactions had been performed to the worth of R500 000. The suspects are alleged to be shopping for gold materials from the zama zamas, course of it, and promote it to the following degree within the hierarchy.

“That is because of a joined Hawks’ critical organized crime group in Gauteng, working with forensic, crime intelligence, Gauteng bullet and the Division of Dwelling Affairs.”


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