Scrap dealer gets time to wind up

2013-12-23 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG scrap metal dealer Pheng Zhong Jie who fell foul of the law, has been allowed to sell his stockpiles of scrap metal and then wind up his business.

Police on Friday gave Jie until February 28 to sell all the scrap metal at his Woodlands premises and then shut down his business.

However, the scrap metal can only be sold to registered dealers.

Jie was given a wholly suspended five-year jail sentence in 2011 after entering a plea bargain with the state for “failing to account” for his possession of goods that were suspected to be stolen.

One of the conditions of suspension were that he pays R300 000 into the state’s criminal assets recovery account in monthly instalments of R10 000 per month.

Currently a balance of R135 000 of this fine is still outstanding.

Then in September this year, Jie was again arrested and is still under investigation for a similar transgression and for allegedly producing a false registration certificate to police during an inspection of his business, PPL Recycling and Trading (Pty) Ltd in Lincoln Road, Woodlands.

It was after this incident that Jie decided to close down his business for good.

He says he knows that the national police commissioner is unlikely to again issue his company with the required registration certificate allowing him to do business.

However, Jie found himself in a deadlock with police who refused to allow him to sell the stockpiles of scrap metal he owned as they were “attached” and could be required for court.

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