A gold thief was arrested after asking colleagues and workmates on social media how he could smuggle 400 grammes of stolen gold out of the country.
The accused, Tan Junchen (34), was an equipment manager and also a reduction manager at Mingchang Sino Africa Investment,
Juncheng who is a Chinese national with a temporary working permit has since appeared before Harare Magistrates’ Court facing theft charges
He was not asked to plead to the charges when he appeared before magistrate Mrs Victoria Mashamba remanded him in custody to October 19 for routine remand.
The incident comes after Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube told Parliament that gold was being smuggled out of the country resulting in the country losing out millions of United Dollars in potential revenue.
He observed that the country was producing large volumes of gold but some was being smuggled through the country’s porous borders since the official gold price in the country was not attractive.