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Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality employee busted selling new water meters at scrap yard

Apr 25, 2019
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality employee busted selling new water meters at scrap yard

Port Elizabeth police traced suspect to Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's Kabega Park office

Port Elizabeth - A 26-year-old Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality employee, Saveriano Stephens, appeared in the New Brighton Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on a charge of possession of suspected stolen property.

"It is alleged that on Tuesday, at about 12:00, members from the Port Elizabeth Bomb Disposal Unit were in Cresswell Road in Sydenham, Port Elizabeth, when they noticed a municipal vehicle stop near a scrap dealership," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"A person got out carrying two bags and went into the premises.

"Police followed him and while making enquiries, noticed the bag on the floor."

She said that the municipal worker hastily left the premises.

"On further inspection of the bags, police discovered 60 new water meters in the bag.

"Further enquiries led police to the municipal office in Kabega Park, Port Elizabeth," Col Naidu said.

"Saveriano Stephens was spotted on the premises. The supervisor identified the water meters as belonging to them."

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality employee released on R300 bail

She said that the value of the meters is R35 000.

"The employee was arrested and detained."

Stephens was released on R300 bail and the case is remanded for June 2019.

"More charges and arrests are expected."

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