Two suspects arrested for the illegal possession of a gold nugget worth R1 million

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Two suspects – aged 25 and 38 – were arrested yesterday after they were caught with a gold nugget while trying to pass the border from Mozambique to South Africa.

The suspects were intercepted at Lebombo Port of entry with a warrant of arrest, said Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi.

“It is alleged that in November 2020 the pair who were driving a truck crossing the border from Mozambique to South Africa were stopped and searched. They were found to be in possession of a small plastic bag with a yellow stone,” Sekgotodi stated.

“The case docket was registered at Komatipoort and referred to the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation Mpumalanga for investigation. The pair were never arrested and the stone was sent to [a] laboratory to determine the type.”

The forensic report then determined that the stone was in fact gold with an estimated value of R1 million.

“The two persons were red-flagged after the warrants of arrest were issued,” informed Sekgotodi.

The pair are expected to appear before the Komatipoort Periodical Court today while investigations continue.