Man nabbed for platinum dust possession

A Lonmin miner was allegedly in possession of platinum dust worth around R800, 000.

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JOHANNESBURG - Police in the North West on Saturday arrested a Lonmin Mine employee for allegedly being in possession of platinum dust worth an estimated amount of R800, 000.

The 37-year-old man was stopped by police at a roadblock in Marikana, which formed part of the police's When Duty Calls festive season operations.

Police spokesperson Lesego Metsi said it was the first case of its kind this month.

"The suspect initially tried to deny the fact that what he had could be [platinum dust], but that was confirmed by the mining inspectors called in by police to come and verify it."

The suspect is expected to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court on Monday, facing a charge of being in the illegal possession of a precious stone.