Following the discovery of the crime, the plantation was set alight on Saturday night, and again on Sunday evening, to destroy the evidence that timber had been stolen.
Opposition councillors estimate the municipality has lost about R13 million in revenue, an amount which would escalate if costs to rehabilitate the plantation were taken into consideration. They also claim that setting the plantation alight was intended to make it difficult to establish the exact amount lost in stolen timber.
Infighting among those involved in the looting - some believed to be councillors - was suspected to be a secondary reason for destroying the timber and plantation....
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