Later on, two armed men who fitted the description of people who had been spotted by the chopper earlier, carrying a rifle and a pistol, were bust.
"What attracted us closer to where they were was a gunshot which we could hear that it is being fired underground. Police went and searched for them and found them in their hiding spot," said Mawela.
However, police did not find the rifle and the pistol on the two men. Mawela said police believe the two served as lookout men as there was a James table, also known as a gold-shaking table, which showed it had just been used.
In total, police arrested 42 suspects believed to be illegal miners and confiscated 32 cellphones. The figure is expected to rise as the operation continues.