The KwaZulu-Natal Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has obtained an asset preservation order from the Pietermaritzburg Superior Court to seize a Toyota Quantum believed to have been used in the theft of eight Huawei cell tower batteries.
Speaker for the KwaZulu-Natal National Prosecutor’s Office, Natasha Ramkisson-Kara, said on Thursday the batteries, weighing a total of about 400 kg, were stolen in Vryheid in May last year.
” Three people, namely Thabile Nontobeko Mkhize, Alice Magona and Mathew Mapaila were arrested for theft and the vehicle belongs to Mkhize. The matter will be remanded to the Vryheid District Court for a pre-trial conference on May 17,” she said.
The vehicle remains under the order until the AFU obtains a confiscation order.
The order was successfully obtained by senior prosecutor Vika Ngqasa. This matter is indicative of the impact the AFU is having in the fight against organized crime, particularly where economic infrastructure is being destroyed,” said Ramkisson-Kara.
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