Two men get six years for stealing railway steel in 2020

Two men were sentenced to six years imprisonment each after they were caught with stolen property in November 2020.

Two men were sentenced to six years imprisonment each after being caught with stolen property in November 2020.

The 26-year-old Themba Links and 22-year-old Gift Ndimane were convicted and sentenced in the Krugersdorp and Kagiso Regional Courts after being found guilty of stealing infrastructure. Both were declared unfit to possess firearms.

In a statement, the Krugersdorp Police spokesperson Captain Raymond Sebonyane said Sergeant Oageng Dipheko and Constable Thulane Hadebe were doing routine patrols on Thursday, November 26, 2020 at about 12:05.

In Siverwright Street they noticed two men carrying something heavy, which turned out to be railway steel. When they saw the members approaching they dropped the steel and ran away.

The members chased them, and managed to apprehend and arrest both. They were detained and charged with possession of suspected stolen property.

Detective Warrant Officer Samuel Manoko investigated the case, and he made sure that both men did not receive bail and were sentenced.

The men were tried separately – Links’ trial was held in the Krugersdorp Regional Court while Ndimane’s trial was held in the Kagiso Regional Court.

According to Sebonyane the Krugersdorp Police station commander, Brigadier Happy Xaba was very pleased with the outcome of the two trials.

Sebonyane reminded the public to report criminal activities to their nearest police station immediately. You can report crime on the Crime Stop Line on 08600 1011; via the My SAPS app; or by sending an SMS to 32211.

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