One of the Ford Rangers which were recovered in the Limpopo River. Photo: Limpopo Hawks
Date: 11 January 2019 By: Andries van Zyl
The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit has arrested another suspect believed to be part of a specialised vehicle theft syndicate.
The 24-year-old suspect was arrested when he appeared for another unrelated case at the Brixton Regional Court in Johannesburg on 9 January. “The suspect is believed to be one of the ringleaders of a group of thieves that stole six new Ford Ranger cars at a Phalaborwa car dealership in December 2017. Five of the six stolen vehicles were recovered in the Limpopo River near Beitbridge before they could be smuggled into Zimbabwe,” said Hawks spokesperson Capt Matimba Maluleke.
Four suspects, Frank Dube (32), Tsununu Ahmad Maphosa (32), Ndokiseni Mbedzi (45) and Mpho Dzwuguda (27), have since been arrested and appeared at the Musina Magistrate’s Court but only Dzwuguda and Mbedzi were granted R3 000 bail each.
As for the 24-year-old suspect, he will face charges relating to business robbery and theft of motor vehicles when appearing in the Musina Magistrate’s Court. “Investigation to search for another possible suspect(s) is still on,” said Maluleke.
Andries joined the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in April 1993 as a darkroom assistant. Within a couple of months he moved over to the production side of the newspaper and eventually doubled as a reporter. In 1995 he left the newspaper group and travelled overseas for a couple of months. In 1996, Andries rejoined the Zoutpansberger as a reporter. In August 2002, he was appointed as News Editor of the Zoutpansberger, a position he holds until today.