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THE Zimbabwean couple arrested last Frida for allegedly trying to smuggle gold into South Africa appeared at Musina magistrate court on Monday.

They were remanded in custody to May 19.

Peter, 39, and Elizabeth, 37, Spies were arrested by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the South African Revenue Service’s (SARS) with gold bricks valued at R6 million (about US$580,000) last Friday.

They are being charged with unlawful possession of precious metals.

In a telephone interview with NewZimbabwe.com, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, SA police spokesperson in Limpopo Province, said investigations were continuing.

“The remand has given us an opportunity to investigate to see if there is a syndicate or they are linked to any crime in the country,” he said.

“It is difficult because they are not South Africans but I think by the time they return to court on May 19, 2014 we will have made progress.”

Mlaudzi said police were keen to know where the couple intended to sell the gold. He did not rule out the possibility of more arrests being made.

Police said last Friday a dog handler from SARS spotted the couple’s suspicious looking black Audi sedan at the Beitbridge border post.

The car was searched and a parcel wrapped with a black plastic bag hidden inside the armrest compartment of the passenger seat.

Police then arrested the couple and confiscated the six gold bricks.

Source : New Zimbabwe