GAUTENG – Batsarai Chimutanga (27) was convicted and sentenced to thirteen years direct imprisonment for theft of diesel and tempering with essential infrastructure by the Vereeniging Magistrates Court on Friday.
Chimutanga was arrested in March this year by the Serious Organised Crime Investigation at a maize farm in Kliprivier, in the Vaal Rand. The investigation team had received intelligence about unknown men who were seen tempering with the Transnet fuel pipeline at Greenland maize farm.
On arrival, Chimutanga was apprehended whilst driving a white Renault truck carrying a number of containers laden with the stolen diesel.The truck and the stolen diesel worth R300 000 were seized.
Chimutanga has since been sentenced to thirteen years direct imprisonment of which three years have been suspended for five years.The Asset Forfeiture is in the process to apply for a preservation order to forfeit the truck.