While attempting to steal litres of fuel from the mine in the Mpumalanga province on Saturday night, four Zimbabweans and one South African, all between the ages of 30 and 36, were apprehended at the Moabvelden mine in Delmas.
Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, a police spokesperson from Mpumalanga, confirmed the event today.
Around 8 o’clock, he claimed, the four were apprehended.
Brig. Mohlahla stated, “According to information, four light delivery vehicles entered the mine and discovered a hiding place between stockpiles.”
The supervisor of the Vlanggatfotein mine, the assistant contractor standby manager, and the reaction unit all arrived at the location after learning of the situation.
Upon arrival, four trucks with loading bins transformed into tanks and resembled mine mechanical vehicles were discovered.
He said the four vehicles, two white Isuzu trucks, one white Ford Ranger, and one white Toyota Hilux pickup all fitted with Gauteng registration plates were found with the four suspects.
The official said the suspects were arrested for attempted theft of diesel after failing to provide a reasonable reason for their entry into the mine premises.
All vehicles were seized for further investigation and the Department of Home Affairs will also investigate the legality of the Zimbabwean nationals in South Africa.