Illegal mining - foreigners major culprits

2012-01-06 22:08
Johannesburg - Out of the 519 people arrested for illicit mining in November last year 419 were foreign nationals, Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel and deputy Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu heard on Friday.

"Of grave concern was the role of foreign nationals in these illicit activities," the department of justice said in a statement.

The figures were revealed during an interdepartmental briefing on illicit mining activities in the area.

At the meeting, Nel and Sotyu were joined by representatives of the national prosecuting authority, SA Police Service and Legal Aid SA.

"The deputy ministers noted the interventions made to combat illicit mining activities. They made it clear that this was a priority for the justice, crime prevention and security cluster."

The meeting also heard that following an intensified underground operation by the police and mining security, illicit underground mining activities in the Goldfield's area had been reduced.

However, it was noted that illicit mining activities had started to manifest themselves on the surface, even though the underground illicit mining still continued to present problems.

- SAPA
Read more on:    maggie sotyu  |  andries nel
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Investment tips you need to know 2015-01-29 14:07

Ever wondered how to assess your future potential liability? Feroz Basa, Senior Portfolio Manager Old Mutual Investment Group, weighs in on all the investment tips you need to know. WATCH.

/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Love is in the air and it is swirling around you in a romantic mist. This may be an idealistic yearning for that perfect love or...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.