During the early hours of today, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) intercepted an illicit, gold-smuggling ring next to the Pumulani Toll Plaza on the N1 in Pretoria.
The six-men syndicate was driving in three vehicles from Limpopo on the N1 towards Pretoria.
It has not yet been established where the heavily armed men were transporting the heavily guarded gold. However, acting on information, the Hawks’ investigating team pulled them off the N1 just after they had paid at the toll gate.
On searching their vehicles, of which one belonged to the cash-in-transit company, 50 kg of gold worth R23 million, five firearms and three vehicles were seized.
The men, of whom four are employed at the cash-in-transit company, are now in custody and being questioned. They are due to appear in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 17 December 2014, on charges of dealing and smuggling precious metal.
The Acting National Head of the Organised Crime Unit of the Hawks, Brigadier Ebrahim Kadwa, applauded the team for acting swiftly on information. “If this syndicate thought we sleep on Sunday evening, we do not. We have declared a no-comfort festive season against all organised criminal groups,” added Brigadier Kadwa.
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Source : South African Police Service