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Two Accused Sentenced for Damage to Essential Infrastructure in Bloemfontein

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The Bloemfontein Regional Court has handed down sentences to two individuals convicted of damaging essential infrastructure.

 

The incident occurred on 3rd August 2022, when diligent security guards on duty at a railway station detected suspicious noises. Upon investigation, they discovered the suspects in the act of removing valuable copper cables.saps - FREE STATE -

Realizing the gravity of the situation, the security guards swiftly took action to apprehend the culprits. They immediately alerted the Navalsig police station, which promptly dispatched officers to the scene. The two suspects were swiftly arrested, putting an end to their attempted escape.

During the preliminary investigation, it was revealed that the stolen copper cables amounted to approximately four meters in length, with an estimated worth of R24,300. These cables were part of the critical infrastructure owned by Transnet. The criminal act not only caused financial loss but also disrupted essential services provided by the railway company.

Leading the investigation was Sergeant Nomahlubi Letshabo from the Navalsig Police Station. She worked closely with Mr. Shane Lewis, the prosecutor from the Bloemfontein Regional Court, to build a compelling case against the accused individuals. Their collaboration and meticulous efforts ensured a successful outcome.

The Bloemfontein Regional Court handed down sentences to Lebona Makhalemele, 33, and Tshokolo John Hlalele, 30, for their roles in damaging essential infrastructure. Makhalemele has been sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment, while Hlalele received an 18-year sentence.

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