NW man granted bail for alleged possession of unwrought gold

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A 43-year-old man arrested in connection with illegal possession of unwrought gold was granted R50,000 bail at the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Monday, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) said.

The Hawks spokesperson in North West, Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso, said Gregory Fourie was arrested in Sebenza, Edenvale, on Friday for illegal possession of unwrought gold.

Earlier this year, the media reported his alleged links to an armed robbery where unwrought gold worth R35 million was stolen in Stilfontein on 18 February 2019.

“The Hawks investigation team traced Fourie at a hideout in Sebenza, following Information regarding his whereabouts,” Rikhotso said.

She said the premises were thoroughly searched and a piece of unwrought gold weighing 700 grams, estimated to be worth R500,000, as well as R900,000 in cash, were seized.

Rikhotso said investigations on the seizure were ongoing.

“Other items found included cell phones, a diamond tester, diamond loop and gold transaction notes reflecting transactions in access of R25 million.”

The case against him was postponed to 13 February 2020 for investigation.

African News Agency (ANA)