‘Accused cable thief hid in bakkie’

2015-01-21 00:00

A MAN on trial in the Pietermaritzburg regional court for theft of over R400 000 worth of copper cable was allegedly among a group found ­hiding in the bin of a bakkie on top of rolls of stolen Transnet conductor cables in 2012.

Bila, who is represented by advocate Thulasizwe Ngubane, has pleaded not guilty to five counts. They are: theft of overhead cables worth R439 064 from Transnet at ­Balgowan on August 29, 2012; ­malicious ­injury to property for ­cutting or damaging the cable; ­money laundering, escaping from ­police custody at Nottingham Road on September 2, 2012; and entering the country illegally without a valid passport or other documents.

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