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Durban - A man charged with stealing shipping containers worth millions from Durban's harbour appeared briefly in the Durban Regional Court on Thursday.
The matter was postponed to March 1.
Yusuf Omarjee faces charges of theft, fraud and money laundering. He is out on bail of R10 000.
Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the police's organised crime unit began its investigation in June 2012, when 14 stolen containers were found at a property in Queensburgh, Durban.
The owners of the property apparently bought the containers for R200 000 - a fraction of their value - from the storage company for which Omarjee worked.
Mdunge said foreign shipping companies stored empty containers at the company in Maydon Wharf, but often found some had gone missing.
He said shipping companies had reported losses in excess of R100 million.
Mdunge said during the course of the investigation Omarjee sought a high court order to have the investigating officer removed from the case, but this was rejected by the court.