Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Lust for Gold dust

Zim man caught with suspected gold

Over 120 years after English prospector, Daniel Francis first came hunting for gold, the precious metal’s irresistible lure has landed a Zimbabwean man in trouble with the law.

Acting on a tip-off, cops swooped on 46-year-old Abel Nyoni at Matsiloje Farms last Wednesday (2 June).

The boys in blue were told Nyoni was a ‘Zama Zama’ – a Zulu term for an individual who illegally digs at abandoned mineshafts in search of metals or minerals.

During the police raid, the Bulawayo native was reportedly found with a substance suspected to contain raw gold.

He was charged with ‘unlawful possession of un-rot precious metals’ and hauled before Francistown Magistrates Court on Friday.

Requesting the suspect be kept behind bars, Prosecutor James Ramatlotla told court investigations were just starting. He also pointed out Nyoni was an illegal immigrant and thus a possible flight risk

“We are to take the exhibit to be examined by the geologist to see what it is. The accused is a foreigner without travelling documents and does not have a fixed address where he stays in Botswana,” stated Ramatlotla.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Nyoni, who turned down the chance to address court, was duly remanded in custody. He is due to appear before the Magistrate again on 8 July.

Meanwhile, Divisional Criminal Investigating Officer Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kutlwano Kaizer Eanya told The Voice his officers received reports of people digging for gold at the farms around Matsiloje.

“That is when the Zimbabwean man was arrested. He was found with soil suspected to be having gold in it. Since the investigations have just commenced, the geologist will be able to tell if it is indeed gold or what,” he explained.

Eanya urged members of the public to refrain from illegal mining, adding the possible maximum sentence for anyone found guilty of unlawful possession of gold is a two-year prison sentence or a minimum fine of P200.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

News

A Covid-19 patient tragically died after an ambulance that was transporting him from Hereford Clinic to Werda Clinic overturned in a gravel road about...

News

• Accuses Brewery of putting profits before Batswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi has responded to Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) in an urgent case in which...

News

Suspected thief accuses cops of assault A middle-aged man accused of shop breaking and stealing has hit back with accusations of his own, claiming...

Entertainment

Hashtag gains momentum As tension and anxiety reaches their peak, with a staggering 4, 008 Covid-19 positive cases registered in the space of three...

Entertainment

Shaya watched on as savages went for blood. Many of you my dear readers went in hard on the main paper’s front page last...

News

Was apprehended on a suicide mission

News

Man upset with lover for peeing next to his car Furious at his girlfriend for peeing next to his beloved car, a 31-year-old man...

Entertainment

Taking Tabitha to the top In 2013, Florence Manyena called time on her 29-year teaching career. The married mother-of-seven was not lost to the...

News

Judge Kebonang conflicted in the Isaac Kgosi matter-BURS The Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) Acting Commissioner General, Segolo Lekau has made startling allegations against...

Entertainment

Following President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s announcement that a post for Chief of Staff will be created at the Office of the President, many names have...

News

Botswana Democratic Party Youth Executive Committee (NYEC) has joined the chorus of those of people calling against the possible extension of State of Public...

Entertainment

Kealeboga Dihutso (Radio Veteran): One day we’ll know why Prof. Mosepele Mosepele resigned then almost immediately backtracked… Whether he tells us or someone tells...

News

Botswana Congress Party has postponed its weekend elective congress to a later date possibly in September. BCP President, Dumelang Saleshando told the media this...

Politics

Member of Parliament for Mahalapye East, Yandani Boko gave Ministers a lecture on how they should prioritise issues in Parliament. When given the opportunity...

News

Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Peggy Serame says the ministry is reviewing the Special Funds to close existing gaps and avoid misuse. Answering...

Entertainment

Shaya would like to take this moment to congratulate Lepsy of DC Tours on his new set of wheels. I know my congratulations come...

Advertisement

Copyright © TheVoiceBW. (Since1993) made with ❤️ in Botswana.