Members of the Limpopo Highway Patrol team have arrested a 38-year-old suspect and seized chrome worth an estimated street value of R500 000-00. The suspect was arrested on Wednesday night, 11 January 2023, while traveling along the R37 road next to Atok in the Apel policing precinct outside Burgersfort.
The members were performing normal patrol duties when they noticed an overloaded tipper truck traveling in the direction of Burgesfort at about 23:00.The truck was stopped the driver was questioned about the load upon which he informed the police that he was transporting chrome that was allegedly gathered by illegal miners at a mine in Atok.
The suspect was immediately arrested and the truck was also confiscated.
The suspect is expected to appear in the Sekhukhune Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 13 January 2023, facing a charge of unlawful possession of precious metals (chrome)
The police investigation continues.
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— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) January 13, 2023