Six men accused of stealing railway sleepers granted bail

2015-02-27 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG businessman Bruce Ayliffe and five other men accused of theft of railway sleepers from a disused railway line at Foxhill, were yesterday ­released on bail of R500 each.

The state did not oppose the granting of bail.

The case against the men was adjourned to March 31, pending further ­investigations.

Ayliffe (44) owner of PMB Metal Products and five employees, Thobani Buthelezi (25), Sakhile Cele (26), Mandla Mshengu (42), Nhlakanipho Zondi (20) and Sisebe Gubesi (23) were arrested on Monday.

In an affidavit in support of his bail application, Ayliffe stressed he has lived in Pietermaritzburg all his life and owns various assets and has family connections here.

He said he has co-operated with the police. When he became aware of the matter after receiving a call from the SAPS and Transnet he had voluntarily gone to the scene and met with them.

He also said he was not in a position to destroy or conceal any evidence, would not intimidate witnesses and would not evade his trial.

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