One dead, 46 arrested as zama zama crackdown continues

One dead, 46 arrested as zama zama crackdown continues

The Hawks have seized R2.5 million worth of gold-bearing material from illegal mining operations on the West Rand.


Law enforcement officials continued their crackdown on illegal mining operations in Krugersdorp and Randfontein on Tuesday. 

The operations follow the gang rape of eight women, who were shooting a music video at one of the mine dumps in the area. 

Hawks spokesperson Philani Nkwalase says one suspect was shot dead after he drew a firearm.

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Forty-six more suspects were arrested.

“The suspects include foreign nationals from neighbouring countries and their status in the country is now a subject of an ongoing investigation. 

“A further 20 cellphones were seized for further investigations.” 

The suspects are expected to appear in court soon.

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