31 May 2015
The portfolio committee on
Minerals Resources welcomed what it believes to be a breakthrough after a
three-year intensive investigation into illegal mining syndicate.
Hawks arrested two suspects on
Friday after raiding two houses at Kempton Park.
The Hawks reported to have
confiscated illicitly mined gold and 3000 ID’s belonging to people who are
already dead, pointing to fraud amounting to R400 million.
Sahlulele Luzipo reiterated that mining as well as trading with mineral
resources were strictly regulated activities in South Africa.
Luzipo says the first issue
that was said as the committee is that “we welcome what we hope is finally a
breakthrough in the problem that we have always been insisting on, which is the
issue of illegal mining and we welcome the arrest, hopefully it will lead to a
“We have said as a committee
in a quite number of occasions that to us it is not the foot soldiers who are
on daily basis finding themselves being caught in the air”.
We have been always clear that
there is a bigger syndicate behind this whole issue, Luzipo added.
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