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sapsRandfontein Herald reports that police on the West Rand made their intentions for the festive season clear when a large number of arrests were made during a joint Rural Safety Operation in Randfontein on Thursday.  

Captain David Maponya, acting Vispol Commander, confirmed a total of 54 people were arrested following the discovery of a major illegal mining operation in an open piece of land next to the R28.  Those caught were searched for anything that might be illegal and numerous types of mining tools such as spades, shovels and pickaxes were confiscated.  Brigadier Jacob Manamela, the Randfontein Police station commander, said at a briefing:  “We are tired of crime.  We cannot allow criminals to take advantage of the community.  It’s [almost] the festive season and I want our presence to be felt.”  He added that crimes currently of concern to police include armed robberies, business robberies, theft of motor vehicles and hijackings.

  • Read the original in full of this report by Clinton Botha at The Citizen

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