Free State cops seize R500 000 worth of food for illegal miners

2016-06-05 16:07


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Johannesburg  A food package, worth R500 000, intended for illegal miners operating at the St Helena mine in Welkom, has been seized, Free State police said on Sunday.

"Large quantities of peanuts, Bull Brand corned meat, one kilogram of instant porridge, strawberry cream biscuits, Coke and Stoney Ginger Beer and cigarettes were found in the parcel," said spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng.

The parcel was discovered during a security patrol at the mine in the early hours of Saturday. Guards spotted a large white truck outside Shaft 10. The driver of the vehicle abandoned it, and fled the scene on foot, when he realised he had been discovered.

Police were immediately alerted.

The neatly packaged food was discovered inside the truck. "They cover it so that they can put it inside the ventilations shaft and it can then reach the people underground," Thakeng said.

The package was labeled "Themba Kaba", which was believed to be the name of one of the illegal miners.

Thakeng said the seizure of the package was a step towards fighting against illegal mining.

"It’s a breakthrough because if the miners get hungry, they come out from underground," he said.

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