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sapsThe Citizen reports that police have gunned down a wanted illegal mining kingpin linked to 29 murders, including a mass shooting at a tavern in Nomzamo Park, Soweto where a shooter opened fire on the patrons in July 2022.

National police spokesperson, Athlenda Mathe said the Lesotho national was traced to Jabulani in Soweto at the weekend. He resisted arrest and allegedly pointed a firearm at a police officer, who fatally shot him. The police were deployed as part of Operation Vala Umgodi, the national intervention unit led by the SA Police Service (SAPS). As part of the nationwide tracing operations, the police seized 7,130 uncut diamonds valued at an estimated R32 million. Operation Vala Umgodi has been initiated in seven provinces identified as illegal mining hotspots, including Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. A tracing operation conducted in Limpopo and the Northern Cape last week yielded the arrest of 62 and nine illegal mining suspects, respectively. The same multi-disciplinary team seized R1 million in cash, explosives and digging equipment during a raid of a house in Carletonville in April. Since Operation Vala Umgodi commenced, police have arrested at least 4,774 suspects for crimes related to illicit mining activities. Also, police have confiscated R4 million in cash, 146 firearms, 4,518 rounds of ammunition, 78 vehicles and 112 trucks and TLB’s used to access illegal mining sites.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jarryd Westerdale at The Citizen
  • See too, Police kill illegal mining kingpin linked to 29 murders, at SABC News

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