Minors appear in court for possession of stolen property

Three minors appeared at the Lenasia Magistrates’ Court on February 28, on a charge of possession of stolen property.
On Tuesday, February 27, at about 10am, PRASA security officials received a tip-off from the owner of a recycling business in Meriting informing them of the three minors who had come to his business to have metal clips weighed in exchange for cash.

The metal clips are used to secure rail tracks.

A swift reaction by the security officers led to the arrest of two of the minors, aged 15 and 16.

According to Sergeant Khalipha Mvula of the Lenasia South SAPS, the third minor, aged 16, managed to flee when he noticed PRASA security official’s vehicle approaching the business premises, but his freedom was cut short as he was traced and arrested at his home in Finetown.

“The minors were charged and released into their guardian’s supervision after they were formally warned to appear at the Lenasia Magistrates’ Court,” said Sergeant Mvula.

The Lenasia South station commander, Colonel Ntombela, said that the act of interfering with the rail infrastructure poses a serious danger of harm and even fatalities if it is left unchecked.

He  has appealed to communities to take the responsibility of ensuring that the railway tracks are secured at all times as failure to secure them can result in devastating incidents.

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Neo Sekati

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