Miners arrested for gold theft

Twenty miners have been arrested for allegedly stealing gold, believed to be worth millions, at the Sibanye Gold mine on Gauteng’s West Rand.

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The suspects aged between 25 and 54 are all employees at the Sibanye’s plant shaft in Carletonville.

They are alleged to be part of a syndicate which will face charges of theft and illegally dealing in gold.

They have been under surveillance for more than five months.

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“The Hawks’ investigation into this syndicate has been continuing for the past few months, after an arrest in December 2013. During this time two former Sibanye mine workers, 31-year-old Dumisani Gumede and 54-year-old Armando Zitha, were arrested after being found in possession of gold-bearing material valued at thousands of rands,” Hawks spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko said.

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Ramaloko said Gumede and Zitha, who are out on R5 000 bail each, appeared in the Oberholzer Magistrates’ Court in Carltonville today, before they were rearrested to join their co-accused.

The 20 suspects are expected to appear in the Oberholzer Magistrates’ Court tomorrow. – SAnews.gov.za