Chrome bearing material – 7 Suspects arrested, Dullstroom

South African Police Service

Chrome bearing material – 7 Suspects arrested, Dullstroom
Chrome bearing material - 7 Suspects arrested, Dullstroom

Seven suspects, aged between 19 and 40 years were arrested in Sakhelwe Township in Dullstroom after they were caught red handed loading the suspected Chrome bearing material on the morning of Tuesday 18 April 2023, at about 07:40.

Police received a tipoff from a community member who alerted police about an illicit activities in a residential area. The whistle blower became suspicious when he saw the seven suspects loading bags filled with stones in a white Mercedes Benz truck.

On police arrival at the scene, police identified the stones as Chrome bearing material. A total of 150 bags fully loaded with Chrome bearing material were recovered and the suspects could not explain how and where they got the Chrome bearing material from.

All suspects were arrested, both the truck and the fully filled bags with Chrome bearing material were confiscated for further investigation.

The suspects were charged with possession of suspected stolen property and police cannot rule out that a charge of illegal mining might be added pending investigation.

The suspects are expected to appear in Dullstroom Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, Wednesday 19 April 2023. The Department of Home Affairs will also be brought on board to investigate the legality of the six Zimbabwean nationals in the Republic.

The Provincial Commissioner of Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela welcomed the arrest and commended the whistle blower who played a vital role in the fight against crime.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service