July 11, 2021

Three Zimbabweans arrested in South Africa over illegal chrome deal

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Thupeyo Muleya

A suspected gang of illegal miners comprising three Zimbabweans and a South African has been arrested with three truckloads of chrome.

Limpopo provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the four were arrested on Tuesday night along the R37 road in Apel policing area.

He said Lloyd Sithole (32), Moses Nemanganda (37), and Wilton Haruzi (34) and South African Joseph Hlongwane (23) will soon appear at the Sekhukhune Magistrate Court charged with illegal mining.

“The determination of members of the South African Police Service in Limpopo to eradicate activities of illegal mining, led to the arrest of four suspects during disruptive operations that were conducted by members of Public Order Policing on Tuesday night along the R37 road in the Apel policing area,” said Brig Mojapelo.

“The members spotted three trucks along this road and pulled them over. The trucks were found with loads of suspected unprocessed chrome and were all confiscated. The four suspects were then apprehended.”

The value of the chrome is yet to be ascertained.

Limpopo’s provincial police commander Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe said the latest arrest would go a long way in eradicating illegal mining activities in the province.

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