According to police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, Kirchner, 49, and his accomplice, Justice Mogale, 47, were arrested during a raid by the Limpopo provincial unit of organised crime, Kormorant reported.
Unprocessed chrome loaded on four trucks was confiscated during the raid.
The raid was part of an operation to fight illegal mining in the Burgersfort and Lebowakgomo areas.
Kirchner and Mogale were released on R2 000 bail each when they appeared at Limpopo Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
The case against has been postponed to 16 October.