‘Eastern chrome mines’ thief sentenced to six years imprisonment

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'Eastern chrome mines' thief sentenced to six years imprisonment
'Eastern chrome mines' thief sentenced to six years imprisonment

The South African Police Service in the province welcomes the long jail term meted out against a chrome thief by the Burgersfort Magistrate’s Court this week.

The Accused, Agree Malepe aged 47, was handed with six years imprisonment without the option of a fine. The sentencing comes after the accused was found guilty of stealing chrome on 27 March 2017, at about 21:00.

According to police investigations, the complainant was on duty at Eastern Chrome Mine outside Burgersfort when he was informed that one of the security guards tried to bribe his colleague with R5000.00 for a truck from Tweefontein Mine that was loaded with clean metcon chrome material valued at an estimated amount of R108800, which was never delivered.

A case of theft was then opened and the suspect was later arrested. The investigators worked tirelessly on the case until the accused was ultimately convicted and sentenced.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has commended the Team of Provincial Detectives who have, through their meticulous investigations, acquired this long jail term, that will serve as a deterrent to all the people who are still perpetrating any form of criminality affecting the mining industry.

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