Three suspects arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and burglary tools have been remanded in custody following their appearance at Emalahleni Magistrates Court in Mpumalanga province on Friday, July 8, 2022.
According to SAPS Mpumalanga, the three were seen by security officers who allegedly tried to steal cables from the local council substation. A nearby local community watch group then responded. The suspect presumably noticed their presence and ran to a nearby clearing.
“Security personnel and the Neighborhood Watch Team resumed patrolling the area and around 1.30am they noticed something sinister, a grey BMW was walking along Mandela in Witbank at that time of the morning. The convoy asked for the vehicle to stop, but the driver ignored them and fled, but the vehicle was eventually cornered at the Ben Fleur Boulevard shopping centre in Witbank,” said SAPS spokesman Colonel Donald Mdhluli.
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When Witbank’s SAPS members were notified, they took immediate action. Upon their arrival, three passengers and the vehicle were searched.
During the search, police found several items in the vehicle, including a burglary kit, suspected stolen property and a toy gun.
Three suspects, Musa Mabasa (28), Alex Khoza (31) and Mandla Nkosi (33), were subsequently arrested for possession of suspected stolen property and burglary tools. More charges may be added against them as the investigation continues.
Mpumalanga Provincial Police Chief Lieutenant General Semakaron Daphne Manamela praised law enforcement for the arrest.
“It’s inspiring to have such enthusiastic people actively contributing to the fight against crime. What’s most fascinating is that they show how things should be done. They apprehend the suspect and then immediately notify the police so that they don’t violate the norms required by the court. and standard circumstances, inadvertently scoring their own goals by completing the arrest and gathering of evidence or seizing a key part of the found item in accordance with the procedures. As a result, their efforts and outstanding work are recognized and praised. We hope that the difference Other groups in the region can follow this good practice,” Manamela said.