Five male suspects aged between 21 and 37 have been arrested by the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation in East Rand for running an illegal gold processing refinery on Thursday.
This follows an intelligence driven operation supported by the Springs Public Order Policing after the Hawks received intelligence about illegal mining activities last month in Boksburg.
The team conducted a disruptive operation at the property and arrested the suspects while processing the gold and seized man-made pendukas, malgum, stamping rods and pots as well as a sizable gold bearing material.
The suspects are expected to appear before the Boksburg Magistrates Court soon, for illegally processing gold. Investigations are still continuing.