A truck carrying a load of gold-bearing ore lost its load on the M4 highway. Commuters stopped their cars when they realised what had happened and led to a spontaneous gold rush.
The Metro police arrived and tried to prevent people from joining in on the treasure hunt. A few lucky commuters showed a camera crew their plunder.
Small unassuming pebbles had been gathered in pockets and hats. The small stones contain trace amounts of gold which is worth thousands of rands.
Briefly.co.za learned that late into the afternoon, small groups of people could be seen scouring the side of the road in search of treasure. One gram of gold is worth over R500 and each of the small stones could weigh as much as five to ten grams according to ewn.co.za.
However, the stones were unprocessed and require chemicals and special equipment to refine the valuable metal. It is also illegal to buy or sell gold without the necessary permits.
The illegal gold mining sector makes an estimated R7-billion per year.
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