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Marikana miner held for stealing platinum

2012-12-30 14:00

Johannesburg - A 37-year-old mineworker at Lonmin's Marikana mine has been arrested for possession of raw platinum powder worth R800 000, North West police said on Sunday.

Captain Amanda Funani said the man was arrested at a roadblock on Saturday in Marikana.

"It is alleged that the suspect was found with raw powder platinum worth R800 000. The suspect's car was stopped by the police and when searching the vehicle, the precious metal was found and the suspect was arrested."

She said the man denied the powder was platinum, but an inspector at Lonmin mines confirmed it was.

"After it was confirmed, the suspect was arrested under the Precious Stones Act. He is expected to appear before the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court on Monday," said Funani.

Comments
  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-12-30 14:05

    Not a minor offense

      tshireletso.molobi.1 - 2012-12-30 14:34

      The man is selfish. Isnt 12.5 enough? I mean after de marikana struggle, after all de effort nw dis is de thanx he gives

      asdhasgd - 2012-12-30 15:39

      Looks like their evidence is pretty Clear Cut. YYYEAAAAAHHHHH!!!

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-12-30 14:16

    Why do they deny everytime they get caught out?

      Barefoot - 2012-12-30 14:29

      would you readily agree? ''yes i stole it''

  • xolani.gazu - 2012-12-30 14:18

    almost hit a platinum

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-30 14:18

    I wonder how many do this and don't get caught....

      kb.deleaves - 2013-01-06 08:06

      Mbuso u can ask again!How many have been stealing without being caught?if its a black guy then thats how it goes!Security officials r also corrupt!i am working for Lonmin n i know such things!Can u imagine a copper worth R4m/R6m being stolen n no one arrested till now??but now!u know i was just dismissed for trying to help put da camera back into position?they suspect i stole n mina i stole nothing!Lonmin is trying to gain back its dignity in a wrong way!i am so pissed off!

  • dominmy - 2012-12-30 14:27

    12.5 not enough? Greed is his downfall and so allot of our nations as-well...

      henk63 - 2012-12-30 17:24

      I don't think the thief is a rock face driller. He probably gets a lot more than the 12k, which make the greed even more evident.

  • thabo.manganye - 2012-12-30 14:31

    Almost got rich but like they say, almost doesn't count and if he was arrested at a roadblock, there is a lot to be investigated , I mean the company security must be put under scrutiny . How did he manage to leave the mine premises in the first place

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-12-30 14:35

    Ja because i wouldnt do such a thing or are you one of those yellow bellies without the goons to be a real man,amen,chow.

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-30 14:36

    We WANT R15000 pm,housing,etc,etc AND we will steal you blind in return!

      mshiniboys - 2012-12-30 14:56

      Who said he was amongst the people who wanted R15 000.He owns a car and probably he is white?

      njdejager - 2012-12-30 17:22

      I doubt it mshini

      angelanair3 - 2012-12-30 17:47

      And we will kill the police and guards so they find us stealing the mines out of business! I have never sypathised with these murderous miners - they are like hyenas - and the more they get the more they want. Granted they are entitled to fair pay for fair work - but lets not lie to ourselves - they all steal from the mines and then demand more wages each year - they are a pack of vultures and hyenas...............

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-12-30 14:45

    He should be forced to sniff the whole lot so that his pals can dig into him.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-12-30 14:54

    Are they still holding him,apparently a good hug goes a long way!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-12-30 14:57

    These are the ones that do not go on strike and the trusted ones.I dont wana mention the race...:)

      christopher.collings.9 - 2012-12-31 02:27

      u are a f**ing twat racist piece of s*it!!!!

      juannepierre - 2012-12-31 06:48

      I wish that were true, but then it wouldn't have been so little.

  • Roberto Deniro - 2012-12-30 14:58

    get rich or die trying,

  • Tumelo Makoko - 2012-12-30 15:16

    mike peach purchase , pls do us all a favour n shut de f*ck up . i bloody h8 racists like u .

      bob.small.7547 - 2012-12-30 16:47

      Where precisely did he mention race....??????

      dominmy - 2012-12-30 17:13

      Speak for yourself if you want Mike to shut up. Oh and you the one looking like the racist buddy...

  • immanuell.mathekga - 2012-12-30 15:19

    And how much powder went undetected? Is it still possible to bypass mining security with that kind of property in your possesion? I thought mining security have been enhenced for extensive detection of important minerals. Big-ups to hardworking police.

      chris.jikijela.1 - 2012-12-30 16:06

      R u black or white?

  • chuenetl - 2012-12-30 15:23

    Now this is some serious dope dealing.i have dnt have respect for hang bag,cell phone,murder and rapist criminals.i salute this brother

  • Clement Mogale Nchabeleng - 2012-12-30 15:32

    yea get rich or die trying but this one blundered by playing get rich or be a victim cos he failed to get rich and he failed to die but passed to get caught and will now escalate the number of criminals. tats a mischeck!!!

      odirile.seemise - 2012-12-30 18:52

      Haha what the hell in god's world are you talking about. I doubt you understood your hogwash, rather step away from the net when intoxicated.

  • Sige Gorabeb - 2012-12-30 15:40

    maybe he wants to buy a buffalo......lol.

  • samoras - 2012-12-30 15:43

    But u earn R12000.00 thief arrest him plz

  • erich.goosen - 2012-12-30 15:51

    Thats what happens if a miner does not get R16 000 per month.

  • fnxusani - 2012-12-30 16:21

    Tjo!!the miner not the management obvious this mine is a minor!!!and this is a minor offence ubanjwe ezama nje...

  • nozipho.mahlanyana.3 - 2012-12-30 16:36

    why people u so gready man

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-12-30 17:13

    someone sold him out. so wish he made it through

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-12-30 17:31

    Your arly my boet you dont tell me what to do,never,its saterday have you indulged too much already who the hell do you think you are.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-12-30 17:37

    Some comments here are very intelligent,you know who you are!

  • nandiphathandiwe.binase - 2012-12-30 18:26

    Greed is mens downfall...(testimony)

  • tommo.too - 2012-12-30 18:28

    First they strike. Then they steal. Soon this company leaves SA. And then where will we be???

  • mojay.mooi - 2012-12-30 21:15

    Get rich or die trying ...hustler's ambition , Glen Aggliotti

  • Pete7930 - 2012-12-30 22:03

    His record has just hit platinum status! ... his ' police record ' that is.

  • metja.ledwaba.75 - 2012-12-31 03:35

    compared to what his ceo and cfo gets per month,this is nothing.this guy should be released#hahaha#.bosses and managers are the biggest thieves.

  • thabo.mthombeni3 - 2012-12-31 05:46

    banikeni imali kabo bangazokqeba amameteriel abewlumbi

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-12-31 08:48

    metja i take it you are speaking of governmental managers too,oh and presidents.

  • isaac.mosina1 - 2012-12-31 14:39

    He didn't kill anybody I sorry hope he will be granted bail!!

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