12 arrested in Mpumalanga for illegal gold processing

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Twelve suspects, including two minors, have been arrested during a late-night raid on an illegal gold processing laboratory in Mpumalanga.

The raid was conducted by the Hawks assisted by the National Intervention Unit, Bomb disposal, Tactical Response Team, Local Criminal Record Center, SAPS Barberton, and SSG Security Services at Brown’s farm in Barberton.

Information received led to the discovery of the illegal laboratory operating on the farm where a group of illegal miners are employed to process the gold.

Five of those arrested are illegal immigrants. The minors are aged 15 and 16. The group was employed by two different bosses, one in Johannesburg and the other in Mpumalanga.

The suspect in Mpumalanga has been arrested and charged. All suspects will appear before the Barberton Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

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