The Gauteng Serious Organised Crime Investigation in concert with the National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Fortfeiture Unit are currently conducting a preservation and forfeiture operation in Khutsong and Carletonville in relation to the combatting of the ongoing fight against the scourge of illegal mining.
The Pretoria Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) of the National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks Priority Crimes Specialised Investigation and Serious Organised Crime Investigation, secured preservation orders in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 121 of 1988 at the Pretoria High Court.
The orders were to preserve various properties belonging to Bethuel Ngobeni, Lerato Bathebeng, Poppy Mathongwane, Bongani Khumalo, Dumisani Moyo, Kesitaal Pty Ltd a company belonging to Moyo, Nhlanhla Leon Magwaca, Neo Susan Duba, Tsepo Dube, Itumeleng Rejoice Magagane, Gloria Kgalalelo Magagane, Mlambo, Nhlanhla Mathebula, Manuel Nhamucho and Thabiso Sechele, which are proceeds of unlawful activities of a syndicate dealing in unwrought gold in Khutsong and Carletonville.
Three preservation orders have been obtained; the first order was obtained on 31 July 2023, the second on 7 August 2023, while the third was obtained on 30 August 2023. All these orders are for 51 vehicles and 7 properties in Khutshong and Carletonville. This emanates from a criminal investigation by the DPCI that resulted in 6 accused being arrested who are alleged to be illegal mining kingpins.
All the accused are remanded in custody, however Moyo was granted bail after he appealed at the high court. Some of the properties belong to four of the accused.
The criminal case is set down to appear in court on 7 September 2023.