Thomas Sithole (20) and Enock Mathobo (29) made a brief appearance before the Kabokweni Magistrate Court on Wednesday 31 July 2019.
Their arrest and subsequent appearance follows a joint operation by the Nelspruit Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation Unit, Matsulu Vispol members, Tonga Cluster Vispol members and Department of Home Affairs officials in the early hours of Tuesday 30 July 2019, after information surfaced about suspects who were in possession of gold bearing materials in Matsulu.
Upon their arrival, the team found the duo hiding inside the suspected house and upon the search they confiscated phendukas, gas bottles, cutting torch and gold bearing ore valued at R50 000.
The suspects were arrested immediately and charged with contravention of Act 37 of 2005, Section 4 Possession of Gold Bearing Materials
The case against the duo is postponed to 8 August 2019 for formal bail application at the same court.
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