Members of the South African Police Service at Tonga, near Malelane intercepted four vehicles believed to be destined for Mozambique’. An Intelligence-Driven Operation was carried out yesterday, 11 February 2019, after police received information earlier on about the four vehicles, a Ford Ranger, Toyota truck, Isuzu truck and Isuzu bakkie all stolen from Gauteng en route to Mozambique’, driven by a couple of suspects. The suspects were reportedly camping at a local lodge around Hectorspruit, not far from the border, waiting to get a signal from some of their accomplices.
Police then stormed the premises, in the process arresting one suspects while his accomplices managed to scale the wall and flee on foot. All the vehicles were found there and taken by police.
The arrested suspect, a 30-year-old man will appear at the Komatipoort Magistrate’s Court facing the possession of stolen motor vehicles before being taken to the relevant localities/magistrates’ courts in Gauteng to face the various theft of motor vehicle cases accordingly.
The Provincial Commissioner of the Police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma is grateful for the positive information that came about as a result of the cooperation between the police and the community.