Jun 26, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Seven years in jail for men who cut up, stole Transnet railway tracks

Seven men have been sentenced to 10 years each after pleading guilty to tampering with, damaging and destroying vital Transnet railway infrastructure.

Mlamuli Mntungwana, 38, Sipho Mkhwanazi, 52, Felamandla Mpanza, 45 , Nhlakanipho Mkhwanazi (33), Thembinkosi Ngema (41), Sabelo Mathola (32) and Njabulo Ncube (32) were sentenced in Camperdown Regional Court in KwaZulu-Natal.

Natasha Kara, spokeswoman for the National Law Enforcement Agency (NPA). said the men cut up and stole railroad tracks in the Richmond area in January.

“They were arrested the next day when they were on their way to the scrapyard loading the railroad tracks with bakkies. The estimated value of the metal is R750,000. In order to increase the punishment, the state told the court that the crime was serious and widespread, negatively affecting our ailing economy.”

The men were each sentenced to 10 years in prison , three of which have been conditionally suspended.They will serve an effective sentence of seven years.

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