5 due in court for allegedly illegally mining chrome

They were arrested last week after being found in possession of a significant amount of unprocessed chrome.

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JOHANNESBURG - Five illegal miners are expected to appear in the Mecklenburg and Sekhukhune magistrates courts on Monday for allegedly mining chrome in the Atok area.

They were arrested last week after being found in possession of a significant amount of unprocessed chrome.

The police say the zama zamas have been selling the mineral on the black market.

Spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo says four excavators and one heavy load truck were confiscated.

“The five suspects arrested for illegal mining will be appearing in court on Monday. They are still in custody. We have confiscated equipment they used. They’re facing charges for contravening the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act and the National Environmental Maintenance Act.”

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)