23 Undocumented Foreigners arrested over the weekend

A total of 23 undocumented foreign nationals were arrested over the weekend in Rustenburg, North West, in connection with illegal mining. They appeared in the Rustenburg and Brits Magistrate’s Courts yesterday.

23 undocumented Foreigners arrested

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According to provincial police, one suspect was arrested for possession of explosives, while the other 22 were arrested for contravening the Immigration Act.

North West police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone reported that various items were seized during the operations.

“During the operations, the team that comprised of various units of the South African Police Service (SAPS), South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and Brits Immigration Officials, seized the following items that were found abandoned: 3 supersonic generators, 20 generators, 15 extension cords, 11 jack hammers, 16 hammers, two pressure pumps, 16 phendukas [hand driven cylinder], one phenduka stand, 65 chisels, 2 water pumps, one grinder, 4 grinder blades, 24 spades, 8 pickaxe with handles, 3 knives, 2 gas cylinders, one gas bottle, 28 pieces of steel chains.”


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