SAPS are still carrying out their ‘Safer Festive Season’ operations throughout Gauteng. It was recently discovered that within Benoni, illegal mining operations were in full swing.
This report comes not long after 7 bodies were dumped on Benoni highway, allegedly the bodies were those of illegal miners – Reported by NewsLite SA here.
Due to the complexity of the operation, the miners require to use explosive devices to break away the rocks. Professional mining will carryout thorough safety tests before using explosives but it’s alleged that the illegal operations do not operate in the same way.
SAPS Bomb Disposal unit were called the area when explosives were found, these explosives were primed making it unsafe for them to be transported. Primed explosives become extremely volatile – The slightest knock, friction or heat can make them initiate combustion.
“Overall forty blasting cartiges, seven connector capped fuses and one length of detonating fuses were confiscated.”
The SAPS made the discovery that within the operation thirteen illegal immigrants were working within the mines, all thirteen have been taken through the verification process to determine their country of origin.
Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has congratulated the team and see’s this seizure as a success. Ltnt Mawela has assured the public that they will continue to shut down operations like this to ensure the safety of the province.