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SA man fined for gold smuggling in Zim

Soranio Abraham Kitanga admitted to breaching the Gold Trade Act and Customs and Excise Act.

Gold bullion. Picture: WikiCommons

HARARE - A South African man has been arrested and fined R30,000 for trying to smuggle half a kilogram of gold out of Zimbabwe.

The 52-year-old was convicted of breaching Zimbabwe's Gold Trade Act by a magistrate in the border town of Beitbridge.

Monday's Herald newspaper identifies the man as Soranio Abraham Kitanga.

He was arrested by detectives last week after he'd already cleared immigration on the Zimbabwean side and was heading for the exit gate.

The police found 492 grams of gold worth over R195,000 hidden in his car.

Kitanga admitted to breaching the Gold Trade Act and the Customs and Excise Act.

Beitbridge Magistrate Gloria Takundwa then issued his with the R30,000 fine.

This was the second arrest and conviction of a South African on gold smuggling charges in the past two weeks.

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