Five in Port Elizabeth court over cell tower battery racket

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The well-orchestrated hijacking of a Ford Ranger bakkie in Durban set in motion a plan for a sophisticated syndicate to allegedly strip batteries from cellphone towers across the country.

But while the 40,000km criminal spree finally came to a halt when members of the Port Elizabeth Organised Crime Unit hit the brake, the five men had allegedly already caused hundreds of thousands of rands in damages to essential infrastructure across SA...

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