PRETORIA – The case against 18 adults of the twenty-four suspects was postponed to 11 August 2022 for bail application whilst the remaining six juveniles are due to be back in court on 8 August 2022 for assessment.
Meanwhile in the Krugersdorp Magistrates court, 10 of the 23 suspects appeared for a charge of contravening immigrants’ acts and the matter will not be investigated by the Hawks it will continue with the local detectives.
The remaining 13 suspects appeared on charges that are linked to illegal mining activities whilst some of them will also be charged for contravening the Immigration Act. The case against the 13 illegal mining suspects will be heard in the same court on 11 August 2022 for bail application.
A total of 37 of the 47 suspects in both courts were charged for contravention of Precious Metals Act 37 of 2005, Mining Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996, Mineral and Petroleum Recourses Development Act 28 of 2002 and then the Immigrations Act 13 of 2002 as well as theft and possession of stolen property.