Suspected Pietermaritzburg copper thief in custody until January

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Copper sheets were stripped from the roof of the iconic Victorian Pietermaritzburg City Hall.
Copper sheets were stripped from the roof of the iconic Victorian Pietermaritzburg City Hall.
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The man who allegedly stole copper sheeting from the roof of Pietermaritzburg City Hall has been remanded in custody until next year.

Siyabonga Nkwanyana appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. The investigating officer took his fingerprints to send to the criminal record centre so that his previous convictions can be verified. Nkwanyana’s opposed bail application is being delayed because clarity is required about his previous convictions. He claims that his only previous conviction is for theft, but the state alleges he also has a previous conviction for being in possession of stolen property and another for being in possession of housebreaking implements.

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