Jacques Smalle MP
DA Limpopo Leader
The Democratic Alliance calls for the forfeiture of all monies which Ms. Mokgadi Kgohloane, former premier Mathale’s wife and her associates could have derived from operating a mine in Tzaneen without a valid mining permit.
Every cent derived from this operation must be forfeited to the state. The law is clear on its provision that proceeds from an illegal operation is criminal and the state forfeiture laws are applicable.
According to today’s reports, Blue Platinum Ventures 16 (PTY) Ltd, trading as Bathlabine Brickwork has been illegally excavating land without a valid permit from the Department of Mineral Resources.
Mathale’s wife and her co-directors have been mining illegally since 2006 in violation of Mineral Acts. In the process, they must have amassed millions of rands.
They all appeared in Naphuno Regional Court in connection with illegal mining but released on warning.
The R5 million fine, Ms Mathale is said to be facing, will just be a slap on the wrist compared to the wealth she might have accumulated as a result.
It is clear that the net of investigations need to be cast even wider.
It is unclear how the whole illegal mining operation would continue for such a long time without the authorities being aware. The whole process include a long chain of players that it disturbing that it was not uncovered earlier.
The only plausible conclusion that this matter now surfaces because Mathale has lost political clout with the ANC and that now a political cover up is now no longer expedient.
The DA calls for the state Asset Forfeiture Unit to be urgently involved and start calculating every cent that Ms Mathale and company could have earned as a result of this illegal mining operation. That money must be forfeited to the state.