Cash seized from illegal miners

2012-06-22 21:08

Pretoria - The Asset Forfeiture Unit was granted an order in Bloemfontein on Friday to attach R56 300 belonging to four alleged illegal miners, the NPA said.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said the money was seized from Mzikayise Qqebe, Sephelo Mjame, Luyanda Madikane, and Kedamile Lubabalo.

They were arrested in connection with illegal mining in Odendaalsrus in the Free State.

"The high court in Bloemfontein granted the preservation order on the basis that the property is the proceeds of and/or an instrumentality of the offences of theft, money laundering, and corruption," he said.

The four men were arrested in an underground shaft by security personnel at a mine in Odendaalsrus in January.

They were found with the cash, dagga, and "possible gold bearing material", said Shuping.

"They gave no explanation for being in possession of such a large sum of cash on mine property, well knowing that they were not allowed to be on mine property, or to be underground," he said.

Shuping said the men faced charges of theft, money laundering, corruption, and trespassing.

They are scheduled to appear in the Odendaalsrus Regional Court on 19 September for plea and trial.

  • Squeegee - 2012-06-22 21:33

    Great, protect the mines, just extend the same courtesy to those who steal from the taxpayer.

      alf.pop - 2012-06-23 18:09

      Will the money be paid into a government "slush fund" a la SAPS? And will Mr. Mdluli "administer" the fund?

  • colin.dovey - 2012-06-22 21:40

    When will the people who pen these articles learn about the difference? It is NOT an Underground "Shaft" it is an underground Tunnel, or haulage, or wonder nobody has ANY idea of how or where to go to find these miscreants who are always one step ahead of them.

      Zion - 2012-06-23 11:22

      And a drive as in coal mines

  • Irene - 2012-06-22 21:41

    Good news. Now use the money to help pay for all the expenses involved in continually having to rescue these thieves.

  • lownabester - 2012-06-22 21:59

    Terrible, why seize the money??? These people are so poor, why not hold the mines accountable, they should make sure the mines are closed. - 2012-06-22 22:21

      @Lownabester, you obviously have no idea how and what is going on in the illegal mining industry. There are mines that spends millions to plug up old shafts, only to come back in a weeks time to find them blown open by these illegal miners. They are a threat to society and it is quite common for them to shoot at normal miners underground at intersections to old shafts..... - 2012-06-22 22:26

      and, just by the way... the so called "poor" miners makes more in one week than what we both make in a month! and they are usually illegal immigrants (Lesotho Zim and Moz). They work for syndicates that take the money out of our country.

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-22 22:47

      @lowandbester - Your bleeding heart ignorance of the facts about mining is laid bare for all to see. Ten men lost their lives last week in illegal mining activities, and you are encouraging the perpetuation of the activity.......take a moment to think about the POOR children and families left behind to eke out a living without their spouses. We should rather be encouraging some form of legitimate Entrepreneurship.

      seanpresherhughes - 2012-06-23 03:14

      lownabester your lack of general knowledge is obvious and embarrassing you!

  • John - 2012-06-22 22:23

    How did the corporation that has the RIGHT to the mine obtain it? Now that this corporation has looted OUR resouces and left serious damage to OUR envirnment WE can't at our peril pick up what these RAVAGERS have abandoned. I think OUR courts should look into the rights about abandoned property. - 2012-06-22 22:40

      It is YOUR laws that states that these mines must be plugged when not in again, not abandoned ---> not in use. Oh, and it is called a mining and prospecting license... once again issued by YOUR government.

  • rodreck.muringani - 2012-06-23 08:03

    Not fair are they going to seize money also from politican who have looted public money????

      Irene - 2012-06-23 14:35

      Time to change your vote.

  • rodreck.muringani - 2012-06-23 08:05

    Politicans have looted millions.....where is the justice??????

      Zahir - 2012-06-23 10:50

      They above the law govt protection

  • militha.dercksen - 2012-06-23 08:26

    What do the people not understand about illegal !!!! My husband is also in mining and trying to put a stop to this.He works his ass off and doesn't get any overtime or even a thank you for him and his team !! I only see him twice a month and that sucks !! If something doesn't belong to you it is not yours !!!

      Zion - 2012-06-23 11:25

      Militha, I have also worked under those conditions and the accolades went to the officials.

  • Florence - 2012-06-23 08:57

    When are we going to see a headline that reads 'Cash seized from corrupt government officials'? Stop harassing illegal miners, they are secondary threat. Our corrupt government officials are primary threats to our economy.

      stirer.kathray - 2012-06-23 09:29

      It's not an "either or" situation. They both need attention. Big crime starts with minor infringements. (New York's "broken window" policy)

      Joggie At SecondBonds - 2012-06-23 09:31

      Thats true! the unit could get millions back

      Florence - 2012-06-23 10:36

      @Stirer.Kathray, I mean these guyz spilt no blood, killed no soul, robbed/mugged no one, squandered no taxpayer's money, do no drugs, child trafficking, brothels etc. What is the fuss abt? In SA this crime is petty, reasonable and tolerable under the circumstances we are faced with in this country. So you and your New York policy are living a dream, wake up to reality.

      chris.summers.3954 - 2012-06-23 10:44

      What is the fuss about? These illegal miners are part of crime syndicates which are involved in all sorts of activities, this illegal mining is funding crime, nevermind the story about that woman who was abducted and kept as a sex slave a while back. I say send in Bad Brad and a few buddies, eradicate the cockroaches.

      Florence - 2012-06-23 11:42

      These illegal mining cockroaches are harming no life except reaping the economy which is a normal practice learnt from the government. Give them back their hard earned money for survival.. Shove the NY policies.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-06-23 09:18

    What's so illegal about picking up stuff at a mine that was illegally obtained in the first place. Give them back their money and give them small scale mining licenses and let them live honestly.

      stirer.kathray - 2012-06-23 09:27

      What a naive and ignorant comment!

      Joggie At SecondBonds - 2012-06-23 09:29

      I agree, 10 000 small miners might do better than a large corporate. The corporates can then offer to buy the gold from them.

      millionwatts1 - 2012-06-23 09:45

      @Stirer.Katray, I am proposing licenses for these small scale miners so they can be legalised. What do you propose?

      Zion - 2012-06-23 11:28

      Go to a diamond mine and just loo0k at a diamond. Y&ou will find yourself behind bars whithin a very short time.

  • hannes.vanwyk.9 - 2012-06-23 10:55

    These mines have already been nationalized. The miners have worked and the government is taking the money. What did you think was going to happen if the mines are nationalized. The government can't keep their corrupt hands of your tax money, do you think they will share the mines money. NOT.

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