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NPA seizes illegal miners' cash

2012-10-25 18:35

Johannesburg - The National Prosecuting Authority obtained a forfeiture order on Thursday to attach R78 265 in cash from illegal miners in the Free State.

The NPA's Asset Forfeiture Unit was granted the order by the Free State High Court on the basis that the money came from unlawful activities, including theft, money laundering, and corruption, spokesman Phaladi Shuping said.

The 49 illegal miners, from Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa, were arrested at the Masimong, Unisel, Nyala, Eland, and Bambanani Steyn mine shafts in the Gold Fields area.

They all pleaded guilty after being arrested underground in the mine shafts and on their way to the exits.