The provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, said the suspect was arrested by members of the Middelburg Flying Squad.
He said the chrome found in the man's possession is worth more than R200,000.
“His arrest emanates from information that was provided to the police regarding a suspicious person driving a truck carrying some dodgy consignment.
“The information was then followed by the SAPS members, and while on the lookout, they spotted the said truck, which matched the description as per the information given,” Mohlala said.
The truck was stopped by the police members.
“The truck was eventually stopped by the astute members. It was during this time that members discovered a bag full of chrome weighing around 12,700 kilograms and with an estimated value of about R209,550. Even though the truck driver attempted to evade the arrest earlier, his efforts were futile,” Mohlala said.
He said investigators are working around the clock at this stage, and the possibility of more charges being added to the charge sheet cannot be ruled out as the investigation continues.
The provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, commended the members of the public for the valuable information they provided. She also thanked the arresting team for their swift response to apprehending the suspect.