gavel thumb100 ANA reports that five people allegedly involved in widespread illegal mining of chrome in Limpopo were expected to appear in Sekhukhune and Mecklenburg courts on Monday.  

Police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the suspects were arrested last week during an operation by the police and the Department of Mineral Resources.  “Five TLBs [backhoe loaders], two trucks and two vans suspected to be used in the illegal mining activities were confiscated.  Preliminary investigations indicate the machinery and the trucks were hired from Gauteng,” Mojapelo indicated.  Loads of unprocessed chrome, ready to be loaded, were discovered at the sites in Mecklenburg and Malipsdrift.  Mojapelo issued a stern warning to the owners of equipment to satisfy themselves about the purpose for which equipment was hired because they could run the risk of having their property forfeited to the state for being used in the commission of crime.

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