The Harrismith Highway Patrol successfully arrested five suspects from Kwazulu-Natal headed to Gauteng in possession of copper wire and a large quantity of counterfeit liquor upon stopping and searching two suspicious vehicles on the N3 Highway outside Harrismith.
Apparently, on 13 November 2020 at about 03:00 the two members manning N3 stopped a white minibus transporting large quantity of boxes of liquor from Kwazulu-Natal to Gauteng. Upon making thorough inspection they discovered that they were transporting counterfeit liquor to an estimated value of R117 000. All liquor and minibus have been seized for further investigations. A case of possession of counterfeit property is being investigated.
Later on the same day at about 05:00 the two members stopped and searched a suspicious bakkie in which five suspects were travelling on northbound from Van Reenen towards Gauteng just outside Harrismith. The two police officers found 463.4 kg of rolled copper wire behind the bakkie to an estimated value of R50 000. The copper wire and bakkie were immediately seized and all five suspects arrested.
A case of possession of suspected stolen property is being investigated. The five suspects will appear before the Harrismith Magistrate court on Monday, 16 November 2020 facing charges of possession of suspected stolen goods and other two on charges of possession of counterfeit goods separately.
In a separate incident two suspects aged 30 and 38 were arrested in a joint operation in Rustenburg by members of Serious Organised Crime Investigation assisted by members of Public Order Policing unit, and the Department of Mineral Resources for illegal mining.
The suspects were allegedly found mining illegally using excavators. They however had no environmental authorisation issued by the Department of Mineral Resources.
They were arrested and charged with contravention of Section 24F (1)(a) and Section 49A (1)(a) of National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) 107/1998 for commencing with a listed activity without environmental authorisation issued by the Department of Mineral Resources.
All suspects will appear before the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court on 14 December 2020.