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Illegal gold refinery shut down and more than 3000 mandrax tablets seized in Gauteng, SA

WEST RAND : The South African Police Service (SAPS) “in Gauteng together with other law enforcement agencies continue unabated to embark on Operation O Kae Molao which seeks to stamp the authority of the state in Gauteng province, ” says SAPS spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello yesterday the 13th of January 2022 after an operation at West Rand District in Westonaria and Bekkersdal areas was led by the Provincial  Commissioner of the police in Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela.

The Colonel reported that during the operation, “211 suspects were arrested for various crimes such as possession of unlicensed firearms, dealing in drugs, possession of suspected stolen property, illegal mining, impersonating a police official, murder including 54 undocumented persons.”

“The highlight of the operation was when police shut down an illegal gold refinery in a Plot near Randfontein and arrested one suspect. Officers also  pounced on three suspects at a chop-shop in Westonaria and recovered parts of a stolen motor vehicle which were used to build cars that are written off. Three more suspects were arrested at a separate venue for dealing in drugs after they were found with approximately 3000 mandrax tablets which were subsequently seized,” she stated.

The Gauteng Provincial Commissioner greatly appreciates all efforts and hard work of all the law enforcement agencies including the Community Police Forum (CPF).

All images courtesy of SAPS, GAUTENG

Article by Constance van Niekerk, Editor of Afrique Beat News. Email info.afriquebeat@gmail.com

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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