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prasaGroundUp reports on the case of 14 Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) security guards arrested late October for allegedly tying up fellow security guards and attempting to steal vehicles at the company's head office in Pretoria.  

They were released last week on R2,000 bail each.  The accused guards claimed they were merely involved in a simulated robbery to test security at the Prasa premises after several previous robbery incidents.  They reported said they were carrying out the orders of Wilson Sebiloane, head of Prasa's business intelligence unit.  The 14 suspects were found with two firearms, including a toy weapon, after tying up and threatening three fellow guards.  Prasa staff later found knives and a toy gun in nearby shrubs, which may have been tossed away when the police appeared on the scene.  In court, the State prosecutor and police investigators said the "simulated robbery" claim was a convenient cover story.  They said it was a carefully planned heist that went wrong when police arrived on the scene to find fellow security guards tied up and the accused attempting to make off with several of the 200 new company vehicles held at the premises.  The state argued that if this had been a legitimate operation, the police would have been informed beforehand.  The case has been postponed to 21 January 2019.

  • Read the full original report by Ciaran Ryan at GroundUp

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