Landmark ruling in KZN convicts business owner instead of company

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A businessman was sentenced and given a R600 000 fine for attempting to illegally export scrap metal to through the Port of Durban.
A businessman was sentenced and given a R600 000 fine for attempting to illegally export scrap metal to through the Port of Durban.

For the first time ever in KwaZulu-Natal, an individual was successfully convicted in their personal capacity instead of their company.

Gautum Lal (40), a businessman from Boksburg who specialises in selling and buying of scrap metal, was given a five year suspended sentence and a R600 000 fine for attempting to illegally export 18 containers of scrap metal to India through the Port of Durban.

This type of prosecution was the first of its kind in the province, according to National Prosecuting Authority Provincial spokesperson, Natasha Kara.

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