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    Top Zvishavane gold dealers arrested with stolen slime


    INYATHI – Three top Zvishavane gold dealers, Simba Zwidzai (30), McDonald Moyo (29) and Malvin Shumba (28) were arrested on Friday last week after a Police raid allegedly found them with varying amounts of gold slime stolen from Turk Mine Inyathi.
     Matabeleland North Police spokesperson, Inspector Siphiwe Makonese confirmed the development and told The Mirror that the three were being held at Inyati Poilce station.
    Sources said that the arrests came after gold dealers discovered that slimes at Turk Mine in Inyathi contained rich gold deposits and many started trespassing into the mine to steal the slimes.
     There are reports that there are dealers who have been getting up to 5kg of gold from the slimes.
    Police received a report of theft of gold slime and criminal trespass on February 6, 2018 from the mine's chief security officer Bukhosi Nyathi who was on duty that night.
      A team of 14 details comprising of 10 Police officers and four others from the Minerals and Border Control unit (Inyathi Base) attended and arrested Zwidzai, Moyo and Shumba who were carrying gold slime at Dawn Elution Plant, Queens owned by Turk Mine.
     Thabo Mema (21) and Tatenda Simbini (25) who had accompanied the trio were also arrested.
    Mema was found loading slime into a 50kg cement bag, Zwidzai was found in possession of 26 by 50kg bags in his white Nissan Datsun registration number ABL 5644, Simbini had his Toyota Town Ace lorry loaded with 18 by 25kg bags, Shumba was carrying 9 by 50kg gold slime loaded in his Mazda Titan AAR 4175 and Moyo who was in charge of the mission were arrested while others managed to escape, said Inspector Makonese.
      The trio who own a number of gold mines in Zvishavane and Mberengwa are set to appear in court this week. The three vehicles are at Inyathi Police station and the gold slimes have been kept as exhibits.
      Investigations are in progress Inyathi RRB 3200571 refers.
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