Suspects arrested for operating illegal gold refinery laboratories

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Two suspects aged 17 and 34 were arrested on Friday 15 January 2021 for illegally operating Gold Refinery Laboratories at Sundra Property farm in Mpumalanga.

Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said their arrest can be attributed to the swift response to the information received at Sundra SAPS about a truck that was driving along the neighbouring farms without headlights on.

“Upon police arrival at the identified address, the suspects fled the scene and the police gave chase, resulting in the arrest of two suspects.”

Sekgotodi added that  a search was later conducted at the premises, which led to the discovery of two illegal refinery laboratories operating on the farm where a group of illegal miners were employed to illegally process the gold.

The suspects are expected to appear before the Sundra Magistrate Court on Monday 18 January 2021.

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