Sam Nxumalo (58) appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 10 November 2023, facing charges of possession of unwrought gold.
Members of the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation in collaboration with Klerksdorp District Illicit Mining Task Team received information on Thursday, 09 November 2023, about a suspect who was allegedly spotted in possession of suspected gold in Klerksdorp CBD.
The information was operationalised, and the team pounced on the suspect. He was searched, and a gold button as well as red soil suspected to be gold bearing material were found in his possession. The team further conducted a search at the suspect’s house which led to a discovery of a red, black and grey soil suspected to be gold bearing material.
The suspect was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of unwrought gold. He appeared in court this morning and his matter was postponed to 15 November 2023 for formal bail application.
The North West Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Patrick Mbotho, has welcomed the arrest and expressed gratitude to the positive information received from an informant.