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TWO SUSPECTS APPEAR BEFORE COURT ON SEPERATE CHARGES OF BEING IN POSSESSION OF UNLICENSED FIREARM AND HIJACKED VEHICLE: NELSPRUIT
2021/10/26      |  Written By:  Colonel D Mdhluli   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 26 October 2021 - Crime fighting efforts by astute members of the South African Police Service in Tonga and Phola respectively resulted in the arrest of two male suspects on separate incidents over the weekend. A vehicle reportedly hijacked in Gauteng was recovered at Tonga policing precinct and thanks to members of the public who collaboratively worked with police to corner the suspect.  Phillip Saneleni Msiza, aged 31, appeared in court on Monday, 25 October 2021 and was remanded in custody. He will appear again on Thursday, 28 October 2021 for a formal bail application.

According to the information, on Friday, 22 October 2021 members of the SAPS from Tonga were busy patrolling at KaMaqhekeza in the morning when they spotted a suspicious looking vehicle, a white Toyota Hilux Double Cab bakkie with one occupant. The driver initially refused to halt when police attempted to stop him and a high speed chase ensued but, through the help of some members of the public, the suspect was eventually cornered at Steenbok and arrested.

A preliminary probe by police revealed that the vehicle was hijacked on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 in Sunnyside (Pretoria, Gauteng) and the vehicle had already been reportedly fitted with forged registration number plates. The suspect was then charged for possession of suspected hijacked vehicle hence his appearance before the Nkomazi Magistrate Court on Monday, 25 October 2021. 

Meanwhile on Friday night, 22 October 2021 around 20h45 members of the police from Phola Station were patrolling at a certain street near Siyabonga Section in Phola when they came across a man who looked suspicious. Upon searching him, police found a firearm in his possession hence he was arrested as well as charged for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.  The firearm will also form part of the probe. Police cannot rule out the possibility of linking the suspect to crimes committed elsewhere. The suspect  Xolani Tshembeni aged 33 has been granted bail of R1000 on Monday, 25 October 2021 when he appeared in court. The case was postponed to 08 December 2021.  

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela has appreciated the endeavours and vigilance displayed by the members.