Hawks pounce on Tshwane employees over theft

2014-04-25 12:09

Four Tshwane municipality employees were arrested in Pretoria on charges of theft, Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko has said.

“This is the second leg of our investigations into an arrest we made last week. We arrested a Bulgarian national for illegally operating a scrap metal dealership and also for possession of suspected stolen scrap metal,” said Ramaloko today.

“We traced the scrap metal to the city of Tshwane and other entities. Today, we have arrested four suspects, employees of the city Tshwane, who have apparently been stealing scrap metal from this pound.”

The unsuspecting employees were nabbed at their workplace, a waste management centre west of Pretoria.

Fellow employees watched as the four were handcuffed and taken away in unmarked police vehicles.

Ramaloko said the syndicate was shipping the scrap metal to countries as far afield as India.

“We managed to intercept one consignment of the scrap metal belonging to the city (Tshwane), which was destined for India. This is not the last leg of the investigation.”

He said various entities that had their assets stolen will quantify the monetary value of their losses.

The items targeted by the syndicate include street lamp posts, billboards and huge municipal metal bins, which are then chopped into pieces before export.

Ramaloko said the Bulgarian national appeared in the Pretoria North Magistrates’ Court yesterday and was granted R10 000 bail.

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