The KZN Police Integrated Vehicle Task Team arrest eight suspects for the theft of metal crash barriers. Whilst on duty last night at approximately 23:00, the team spotted a group “conducting road work” on Himalaya Road, Merebank. On further inspection it was found that the men were removing the guard rails. After further investigation the team proceeded to a scrap metal dealership in Chatsworth. Hundreds of guard rails were found on the premises. The dealer had paid the suspects over R100 000-00 for the metal. According the municipal officials the replacement value of the crash barriers is over R1 million. Detectives are investigating a case of theft.
The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded the members for their vigilance which led to the arrest of the suspects. “These guard rails play a vital role on our roads in cases where vehicles are involved in an accident and we will not tolerate the theft of these guard rails. We will also be investigating whether these men are linked to other similar thefts in the greater Durban area,” she said. – Kwazulu-Natal Police Media Service