North West Province – The Organised Crime Unit (Hawks) arrested three Zimbabwean Nationals last Tuesday at Motlhabeng Section in Kanana near Rustenburg for illegal dealing in precious metals.
The suspects were arrested for contravention of Section 5 of Precious Metals Act, (ACT NO. 37 OF 2005). The arrest came after Police got a tip-off that there was a suspicious platinum melting activity taking place at a certain house in Kanana.
Upon arrival at the identified premises, Police allegedly found suspects busy melting platinum with an estimated market value of Fifty Thousand Rand (R50 000.00).
They also failed to give account of their activity and where they got the platinum.
They were immediately arrested. The trio, aged 19, 26 and 30 are due to appear in Bafokeng Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 31 July 2014 facing charges relating to contravention of the Precious Metals Act.