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16 Apr 2021
11:28

Three men arrested for illicit gold manufacturing operations worth about R2 million

Witness Reporter

Three men arrested for illicit gold manufacturing operations worth about R2 million

Three men are expected to appear in the Westonaria Magistrate’s Court in Gauteng on Monday on charges of dealing in illicit gold manufacturing, with an estimated street value of R2 million.

Police spokesperson, Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu, said the men were arrested on Thursday during a multi-disciplinary operation by the Hawks’ serious organised crime investigation unit in Krugersdorp and Sibanye Stillwater.

The team successfully identified the suspected premises where the illegal gold manufacturing operations were conducted and kept surveillance.

On arrival at the Ten Acres plot in Westonaria to execute a search warrant, the investigation team intercepted and dismantled two rooms with gold manufacturing operations.

Three men were found busy with operations at the manufacturing sites and apprehended.

Police seized four big pendukas, fifty tonnes of gold bearing material, electrical motors, gas cylinders, crucibles, and other chemicals.

Provincial head, Major General Ebrahim Kadwa commended the members’ efforts in clamping down and dismantling illicit operations which may cause social economic problems such as fatalities, injuries, and low production in the country.

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