The Benoni police had in joint operation confiscated liquor, dagga pokes, bags of gold dust and mining equipment, when the five were arrested. The five suspects, found to be illegal immigrants from Lesotho, were to be deported. “We have made arrangements to take the five to the Lindela Repatriation Centre,” said Sekele.
The Benoni police cluster with EMPD, Gautrans, Katlehong Tactical Response Team, Mounted unit, Spring Public Order Policing and the Security Companies were working around the Benoni area when they made the confiscations and arrests.
“The purpose of the operation was to search for illegal miners and confiscate the equipment they are using to refine the gold dust,” the police said in statement.
Police said upon arrival, the units surrounded the area and infiltrated. “[We] found a few people who are illegally squatting who informed the police that suspected illegal miners ran into the bushes, members started searching the shacks and went into the bush and managed to arrest five illegal miners.”
The three-hour operation also saw a woman who was found selling liquor without license issued a J543.