Zimbabwean held for illegal mining

2013-11-06 20:59

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Johannesburg - A man has been arrested for illegal mining in Welkom, Free State police said on Wednesday.

He was caught while police patrolled open areas in Thabong on Tuesday, police spokesperson Malebo Khosana said.

"When the police approached the sand dunes, hordes of [men] ran away in different directions."

Police arrested a 30-year-old Zimbabwean man who had no identity documents, and confiscated equipment used for illegal mining.

The man was expected to appear in the Welkom Magistrate's Court soon.

While on patrol in Thabong later police arrested three other men as they were illegal immigrants.

They would remain in police custody until their deportation by the home affairs department, said Khosana.

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