122 illegal foreigners arrested for multiple offenses including drug dealing and illegal mining

Operation Vala Umgodi in the Free State is making strides in addressing illegal mining and cleaning up streets in the Lejweleputswa and Fezile Dabi Districts.

Illegal foreigners arrested for illegal mining

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This multidisciplinary initiative involves specialized units that work tirelessly to reclaim areas from illegal miners through frequent disruptive operations targeting their activities.

The efforts include combating crimes such as robberies, kidnappings, trespassing, illegal possession of stolen goods, unlicensed firearms, and possession of gold-bearing material. Regular stop-and-searches, vehicle checkpoints, ATM inspections, and intelligence-driven responses help maintain safety and order.

Between April 22 and April 29, 2024, authorities arrested over 122 illegal immigrants for offenses including possession of gold-bearing material, drug trafficking, and illegal mining.

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Patrol operations persist in regions like Welkom, Viljoenskroon, Thabong, Vierfontein, Bothaville, Wesselsbron, Virginia, and Allanridge. The team conducted 1008 person searches and inspected 222 vehicles during intermittent checkpoints around Lejweleputswa.

Operation Vala Umgodi is ongoing, with the arrested suspects set to appear in court according to their respective charges.


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