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2023/06/29      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 28 June 2023 - Police in Oshoek Port of Entry recovered a Porsche Cayenne GTS SUV that was reportedly purchased through submission of fraudulent documents. The recovery was made yesterday, Tuesday 27 June 2023. According to the report, members of the police were performing their duties in the border when a white Porsche with Gauteng registration number plates arrived, intending to cross over to the Kingdom of Eswatini. The SUV car was being driven by a woman who is originally from the said neighbouring country.

Members reportedly conducted some verification on the vehicle with an intention to check if the car was not stolen. It was during this time that members discovered that the vehicle was in fact reported stolen under false pretence in Klerksdorp (Gauteng Province) last month (May 2023). On further investigation, the members unearthed that the vehicle was initially belonging to a car dealer in Krugersdorp and somehow when it was sold, false documentation were presented for processing. Another thing that was picked up in the preliminary investigation, was that the vehicle was currently belonging to a Financial Institution which financed the purchase.

Thus far an enquiry has been opened after it was established that something sinister is ongoing with regard to this vehicle. The shenanigans was only discovered at the border by the men and women in Blue.

Be as it may, the vehicle which is valued at about R600 000 has been confiscated for further investigation. Though the driver has not been arrested at this stage, the enquiry and all its findings will be presented, together with some additional evidence gathered, before the Director of Public Prosecution for a decision. The investigation by the Police continues with the aim to follow the trail and arrest perpetrators thereof.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has used the opportunity of this recovery to warn unsuspecting customers against possible fraudulent activities when purchasing either cars and other valuable items. "We are very proud of our members working at the borders, especially for their vigilance which often produce good successes. To be honest, there are a number of cars that are recovered at our borders after having been stolen in other provinces. We commend them for that as they prevent the smuggling of cars into neighbouring countries" said the General.