Zimbabweans held over platinum in SA

via Zimbabweans held over platinum in SA 31 July 2014

THREE Zimbabweans were this week arrested by South African police after they were found in possession of platinum worth about R50,000 in Northwest Province.

Police spokesman, Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone, said the three were arrested after a tip-off.

Mokgwabone said they got a tip-off “that there was a suspicious platinum melting activity taking place at a certain house”.

“Upon arrival at the identified premises, police allegedly found suspects busy melting platinum with an estimated market value of R50 000,” Mokgwabone said.

“They also failed to give account of their activity and where they got the platinum. They were immediately arrested.”

Police said the three suspects aged 19, 26 and 30 would be charged with contravening Section 5 of the Precious Metals Act, (No. 37 of 2005).

They were expected to appear in court at Bafokeng Magistrates’ Court in Northwest province on Thursday.

The arrest comes a few days after a Zimbabwean couple was arrested at the Beitbridge border post after they attempted to smuggle into South Africa six bars of gold worth an estimated R6 million.

The case is still before the courts even though the female suspect was acquitted.


  • comment-avatar
    John Thomas 7 years ago

    What is that the authorities have against private enterprise? Is it inly ZANU and ANC politicians who are allowed to do this stuff?

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    mugabeishasha 7 years ago

    They are paying for Mugabe’s sins. Mugabe has turned good Zimbos into thieves and all sorts of bad people in the name of survival

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    feared by zanupf 7 years ago

    I will give you a cabinet post john Thomas. Spot on