Massive scrap metal export racket blown

Gareth Wilson

AN investigation into a scrap metal smuggling racket has led to the recovery of hundreds of thousands of rands worth of stolen metal destined for overseas.

Six huge shipping containers filled with stolen car parts, municipal drain covers and grids, irrigation piping and other metal, earmarked for Vietnam and India, were seized during a two-week joint operation between Port Elizabeth and Border police.

It followed a tip-off about a smuggling racket involving metal thieves and scrap metal dealers in Nelson Mandela Bay. Police opened the first of the 25-ton containers on Friday and found stolen truck parts inside.

Attempts had been made to disguise them.

Second-hand goods task team head Warrant Officer Andries Ebersohn said the containers had been intercepted during separate operations over two weeks.

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