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A MAN REMANDED IN CUSTODY AFTER APPEARING IN COURT ON ALLEGATIONS OF BEING IN POSSESSION OF COPPER PIPES: NELSPRUIT
2022/05/23      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 20 May 2022 - The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has praised members of the police at Dullstroom for acting with speed thereby arresting a male suspect, aged 26 for allegedly found in possession of copper pipes. The man was arrested in the afternoon on Thursday 19 May 2022 whilst hitchhiking. He was remanded in custody by the Belfast Magistrates' Court today, Friday 20 May 2022.

According to the information, in the afternoon of Thursday,  19 May 2022 Sphamandla Wisely Jele was seen by some members of the community carrying a luggage of copper pipes. Further information indicated that the man was hitchhiking at the time. Members of the police from Dullstroom then responded and at about 15h00, they went to the scene where they spotted him and reportedly found him in possession of the copper pipes. Jele was charged accordingly and during his court appearance, his case was postponed to Monday, 23 May 2022 for further investigation.

Preliminary investigation has so far revealed that the arrest of the suspect came as a breakthrough and it could be linked to reported cases of theft which were carried out in the area of Dullstroom this month (May 2022). In those cases, residence complained that copper pipes were stolen from their houses. The suspect could be linked to other similar reported cases as the investigation continues.

Meanwhile the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has further thanked the public for providing valuable information to the police who then effect an arrest as well as recovered the suspected stolen properties. "It is through actions like these that we can win the war against crime. Further than that, we urge our communities not to expand the market for criminals by buying suspected stolen properties, rather they should report suspects to the police as they did in this case" said the General.