Nelspruit: The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has appreciated the good work done by law enforcers in the fight against cross-border crime and their efforts in heightening road policing.
The sentiments by Lieutenant General Zuma comes in light of several vehicles that were recovered and arrests made over the past weekend. A total of seven suspects were arrested in separate incidents and six vehicles recovered at the Lebombo Port of Entry and Kabokweni, respectively.
In the first incident, four suspects were arrested after members of the Nelspruit Flying Squad received information about a vehicle that was hijacked between Bethal and Secunda. The members reacted speedily with the assistance of Tracker, tracing the vehicle, a red Mazda, to a panel beater at Kabokweni, near White River. Upon arrival at the said panel beater, the owner informed the police that the vehicle was brought by three men who requested the vehicle colour be changed from red to white. The man then led the police to the house of the first suspect, Lucky Ndlovu aged 30, who in turn provided information about the whereabouts of his accomplices, Kaneko Maziya and Sibusiso Ngwenya aged 27 and 30 respectively and they were swiftly nabbed.
All three suspects were then taken to the scene where the vehicle was recovered for verification, when police suddenly spotted blood stains on the seats. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the owner of the car was allegedly shot and killed during the hijacking incident at Secunda and his body dumped at Morgenzon. The suspects appeared at the Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court on Monday 05 March 2019, for the hijacking case and were remanded in custody for a formal bail application on 19 March 2019. They are also expected to appear at the Standerton Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, 08 March for the murder case.
In the second incident, five suspects were arrested for possession of suspected stolen property at the Lebombo Port of Entry when police were conducting their routine duties, during which five cars worth millions of rand, were recovered in the process.
The suspects, Vinock Nhlungwane aged 35, Andaque Adrian aged 39, Virgilio Salvador aged 30 as well as Osvaldo Rafael Gulele and Simon Shabangu both aged 32, were all arrested separately between 01 and 03 March 2019, at the Port of Entry. When police stopped the vehicles for a mandatory search, they discovered discrepancies, such as the chassis and/or engine numbers of some of the vehicles had been tampered with.
Further investigation by the SAPS’ Vehicle Identification Unit confirmed that all five vehicles, a Mitsubishi Fuso truck, Toyota Hilux bakkie, Toyota Fortuner SUV and Toyota Etios sedan had been stolen and headed for Mozambique. The suspects appeared before the Komatipoort Periodical Court on Monday 05 March 2019, four were remanded in custody for a formal bail application, while one, Shabangu, was released on R3 000 bail.
The Provincial Commissioner is thrilled with the outstanding work by the members, he urged them to continue removing bad elements from society.
Source: South African Police Service