GAUTENG – A pair of suspects is expected to appear before the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on this morning, 09 October 2020, on charges of possession of infrastructure materials.
A multi-disciplinary approach driven operation by Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Provincial Crime Intelligence, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Department supported by Transnet, resulted in a swift arrest of Plant and Operations Managers of a steel and manufacturing company in Alberton for possession of infrastructure material.
The investigation team followed up on intelligence regarding suspicious non-ferrous metals scheduled to be transported and recycled at a steel and manufacturing company at Alrode in Alberton on yesterday.
Upon arrival, a search and seizure warrant was executed and amongst other seized items which Transnet positively identified as theirs, include big trail jumpers, contact wires, overhead cables, railway tracks and springs with an estimated value of R25 million. The two men were arrested immediately.
The duo aged 45 and 28 were charged for contravention of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act 18 of 2015 and Second Hand Goods Act 6 of 2009.
Source: South African Police Service