Headline News
23 July 2021

Northam – A tipoff led the Northam Police to arrest a suspect for the illegal possession of platinum group metals (PGMs). 

Captain du Plessis and his task team nabbed the man at Northam Plaza.

“We confiscated his backpack and a 5-litre bottle containing unprocessed platinum group metals to the value of R5,000.

We summoned an expert in the platinum mining industry who verified that it was indeed PGMs.” 

The suspect was arrested and detained at the Northam police station until his appearance before the Northam District Court on 19 July.

The PGMs was registered as a court exhibit and handed to Anglo American Platinum’s Amandelbult Complex. Motlapema was released on R500 bail.

Did you know? 
The Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) are made up platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd), rhodium (Rh), iridium (Ir), ruthenium (Ru) and osmium (Os).

These metals are desirable in the marketplace due to their value to the industrial, electronic, medical, and especially now, the automotive markets.

The largest reserves of PGMs are in an area known as the Bushveld Complex, which includes Amandelbult Complex in Northam. 

Karabo Motlapema was arrested for the illegal possession of unprocessed platinum group metals. 


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