The suspects, aged 31 and 38, were arrested by members of the Nelspruit Flying Squad on Friday.
The provincial spokesperson for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (known as Hawks), Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said Flying Squad members responded to information regarding a truck that was loaded with railway tracks at around 2am.
“The team identified a truck that was driving along the N4 highway near Schagen. They stopped and searched the truck. Upon the search, railway tracks covered under a blue tarpaulin were found,” Sekgotodi said.
“The driver was requested to verify the load. He complied and showed a document in the form of a photo from his cellphone as proof that the load was legal.”
However, members attached to the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team based in Nelspruit were summoned to the crime scene and took over the investigation.
“During the preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the same modus operandi was used in another case,” Sekgotodi said.
“The driver was informed that the documents were not legal and that [SA Police Service] SAPS members escorted the truck to Nelspruit SAPS.”
The suspects were arrested, and the exhibits were seized for further investigation.
A case of tampering and damaging of essential infrastructure and possession of suspected stolen property was opened on behalf of Transnet.
The investigation is ongoing.