The case of 11 people accused of illegal mining has been postponed to Friday next week at the Northam Magistrate’s Court outside Thabazimbi in Limpopo. The accused were allegedly illegally mining chrome at Chromnet mine at Northam. Police have confiscated mining vehicles, loaders and a truck, worth over three million rand.
Another accused person, who claimed to be the owner of the vehicles, appeared separately in Thabazimbi Magistrate’s court for allegedly trying to bribe the police officers to release the vehicles. Hawks spokesperson Matimba Maluleke says all the accused have been remanded in custody.
“Eleven alleged illegal miners who were arrested yesterday at Chromnet mine appeared in the Northam Magistrate court today, all of them were reminded in custody until the 4th of February 2022. The other accused person, William Nkuna who was arrested for allegedly attempting to corrupt police officials, appeared before the Thabazimbi Magistrate court and he will remain in custody until 31 January 2022,” says Maluleke.