“A total of 46 suspects were arrested and one fatally wounded. The suspects include foreign nationals from neighbouring countries and their status in the country is now a subject of an ongoing investigation,” said Nkwalase.
“Furthermore 700 tonnes of gold-bearing material surpassing R2.5m was found in five of the illegal plants uncovered and 20 cellphones were seized for further investigation.”
The suspects are expected to appear in court soon to face the charges that include contravention of the Precious Metals Act, the Mining Health and Safety Act, theft, the Mineral and Petroleum Recourses Development Act and possibly the Immigration Act.
Dozens of suspected illegal miners have been arrested in the Krugersdorp area since last Friday.
Police had descended on the area after the rape of eight women at a disused mine in the area. The women were part of a group that had been shooting a music video when they were attacked. Some of the women reported being raped by between eight and 10 men.
Authorities had vowed to act after reports of rampant crime.
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