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Police arrest 37 illegal diamond miners in Namakwa district

Police arrest 37 illegal diamond miners in Namakwa district

Police possess arrested 37 illegal diamond miners this week for illegal mining activities in and around Port Nolloth and Kleinsee in the Northern Cape.


According to police spokesperson Colonel Mashay Gamieldien, police operations were performed on the Oubeeb/Tweepad mine and Nuttabooi mine and raids at Bontekoe hostel.

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Mashay acknowledged the 37 suspects, 35 males and two women folks were apprehended and arrested in the mining areas of Oubeep and Nuttabooi. 

“They were charged for illegal mining. 5 automobiles were also impounded because it used to be utilised in the associated payment of against the law.” 

Mashay furthermore acknowledged 28 others were warned to appear sooner than the Port Nolloth Periodic Court on 03 August 2021. 

“Nine undocumented persons, eight males and a girl regarded sooner than the Springbok Magistrates’ Court, and the case used to be postponed till 12 July 2021 for formal bail application.” 

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In the intervening time, on Wednesday, five more undocumented males were arrested and detained in Springbok.

“A form of digging instruments and implements, including generators, shovels, hammers, jigs and energy instruments as neatly as masses of luggage of diamond bearing gravel were seized.”

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Maj Gen Joey Kers recommended the multi-disciplinary task team which done the disruptive actions.

Kers stated that these actions despatched a transparent message to illegal miners that their push apart for the law is no longer going to be tolerated and continuous efforts will prevail.

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Remaining month, the our bodies of twenty unidentified males believed to be Zama-Zamas were found wrapped in white plastic bags in Orkney.


Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone, police spokesperson acknowledged the deceased males were found at two masses of areas in Orkney.

“Twenty unidentified male our bodies were – on Tuesday and Wednesday- found at two masses of areas in Orkney open air Klerksdorp.”

The total deceased are suspected to be illegal miners usually identified as “Zama-Zamas” operating in normal shafts in Orkney and Stilfontein.

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Police arrest 37 illegal diamond miners in Namakwa district