Zama-Zama found guilty and sentenced
Thabang Ntsibane (37) was found guilty and sentenced by the Pilgrims Rest Magistrate court on Monday, 11 July 2022 for possession of gold bearing material. He was sentenced to R2000-00 fine or 5 months imprisonment.
The conviction followed the arrest of the accused on 09 August 2021 during a disruptive operation conducted by the Hawks Nelspruit based Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Mpumalanga Tactical Respond Team and National Intervention Unit at Pilgrims Rest mines. The accused was arrested while busy processing the gold bearing materials together with other people who ran away and he was caught. The accused had been in custody since his arrest until he was sentenced on Monday.
The Provincial Head applauded the investigation team together with Judiciary for setting an example to everyone that illegal mining is a crime and a person can be detained and sentenced. Major General Mokoena also applauded the collaboration with our counterparts to curb crime. She further warn the public to refrain from going into the mines as it is not safe.
Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi
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