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Port Elizabeth – A 47-year-old man will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s court on Thursday for a formal bail application after he and a co-accused allegedly stole mould plates that were used to make chocolate at Cadbury in Harrower Road.

Lindile Stemela, 47, of Kwanoxolo, and Fayaaz Salie, 32, of Malabar, both appeared in court on Monday on a charge of theft.

Salie was released on bail of R2 000 on the same day.

According to court documents, the value of the mould plates amount to approximately R800 000.

State Prosecutor Tim Van Rooyen said that the complainant indicated that there was video footage that showed Stemela and Salie loading the mould plates into a toolbox and removing them from the business premises.

Van Rooyen indicated that the moulds were then sold for scrap metal.

Stemela was back in court on Tuesday when the matter was postponed for a formal bail application.

It emerged in court that Stemela has a previous conviction for robbery and murder and is currently on parole.

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