Crack­down on il­le­gal op­er­a­tions

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MPHO MASUKU

THE CITY of Joburg’s con­sol­i­dated ef­forts to crack down on il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties de­scended on the Matholesville com­mu­nity in Rood­e­port on the West Rand.

The SAPS, the Joburg Metro Po­lice Depart­ment (JMPD), City Power and Joburg Wa­ter joined forces to end crim­i­nal op­er­a­tions in the area.

Matholesville is in­fa­mous for il­le­gal min­ing op­er­a­tions. Po­lice dis­cov­ered il­le­gal min­ing equip­ment, ex­plo­sives and gold con­cen­trate.

The in­tel­li­gence-driven mis­sion comes dur­ing a time when the City of Joburg is mak­ing a se­ries of raids at hi­jacked build­ings and slums around the city.

More than 226 shacks had been elec­tri­fied il­le­gally and four houses had il­le­gal wa­ter con­nec­tions. The wa­ter is al­legedly used for il­le­gal min­ing.

City Power and Joburg Wa­ter are both mak­ing con­certed ef­forts to root out il­le­gal con­nec­tions.

“These il­le­gal con­nec­tions en­cour­age the spring­ing up of these slums and the ex­ploita­tion of peo­ple as well as il­le­gal for­eign­ers.

“The wa­ter that cit­i­zens are pay­ing for, half of it runs here for these il­le­gal op­er­a­tions,” said Vir­gil James, spokesper­son for the City of Joburg.

The Depart­ment of Home Af­fairs was also present to ver­ify the cit­i­zen­ship of oc­cu­pants in an ef­fort to rid the city of il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

“This is a fol­low-up raid to an ear­lier op­er­a­tion done in Jan­uary. This raid has been more suc­cess­ful than the pre­vi­ous one,” James said yes­ter­day.

A num­ber of ar­rests were made.

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