At the Beitbridge port of entry, which divides South Africa and Zimbabwe, Limpopo police seized three stolen vehicles, leading to the arrest of four alleged criminals, ages 28 to 64.
The three vehicles that were found are a Mercedes-Benz Actros truck, an Audi Q7, and a Ford Ranger, according to Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, the provincial police spokeswoman for Limpopo.
Two South Africans and two foreigners make up the four suspects that the police have detained, according to the police.
“On Tuesday, February 6, three motor vehicles were intercepted before they could be smuggled out of the country thanks to the quick action of police officers stationed at the Beitbridge border post in Musina,” Ledwaba said.
Three stolen automobiles from Gauteng have been found by police at the Beitbridge border post, and four suspects have been taken into custody. File Photo: Ngwenya Boxer
He said, “The suspects were stopped at the vehicle control point and then arrested during separate incidents.”
“Police found that the drivers of all three vehicles—a Mercedes-Benz Actros truck, an Audi Q7, and a Ford Ranger with a single passenger—had altered vehicle identification numbers and were in possession of fraudulent documents.”
The police’s initial inquiry revealed that the cars had been reported stolen in the province of Gauteng.
Major General Jan Scheepers, the acting provincial commissioner of police for Limpopo, has praised the police officers stationed at the Beitbridge border for their “vigilance and dedication.”
He said, “This is evidence of the SA Police Service’s continued efforts to crack down on car theft and cross-border crimes.”
The four detained suspects are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday at the Musina Magistrate’s Court to answer to allegations of possessing allegedly stolen automobiles.
A 35-year-old South African man was found guilty and sentenced by a provincial court in Mokopane, Limpopo, last year after he was caught for having a silver Toyota Fortuner that had been reported stolen.
Shane Mthombeni was sentenced to six years of straight incarceration at the time, without the possibility of paying a fine, according to Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba.
“The court was informed that on Monday, October 30, at Nyl Toll Plaza along the N1 Highway, South African national Shane Mthombeni was stopped by law enforcement while operating a silver Toyota Fortuner,” Mashaba stated.Shane Mthombeni, 35, was sentenced to six years in prison after being apprehended while operating a stolen Toyota Fortuner on the N1 motorway in the direction of the Beitbridge border crossing with Zimbabwe.
The driver was apprehended by members of the provincial tracking squad of the Limpopo police after intelligence was operationalized in collaboration with a private security firm.
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