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Truck driver and crew nabbed after reporting false hijacking and robbery of cargo they were transporting

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Limpopo


POLOKWANE - The driver, his crew and the owner of the warehouse, today appeared in Nebo magistrate court after reporting a false hijacking and robbery of building and fencing materials on Saturday 18 March 2023.

Members of the Provincial Organized Crime and the National Crime Intelligence Units, assisted by the Local Criminal Center conducted a snap operation following a case of truck hijacking that was opened at Jane Furse Police Station on Saturday.

The truck driver and his crew, when opening a case, claimed that their truck was hijacked and the cargo (building and fencing materials) they were transporting from Benoni, Gauteng province to Steelpoort outside Burgersfort in Sekhukhune was stolen.

Yesterday on Tuesday 21 March 2023, members of this team operationalized the information received which led them to a warehouse in Jane Furse owned by a foreign national where the stolen materials were recovered.  This after it was established that the suspects sold the materials to a warehouse, owned by a foreign national businessman. The owner was arrested on the spot and the other two suspects were arrested at separate locations.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has congratulated this team of members for a well coordinated operation that led to the arrest of the suspects and the recovery of the stolen properties.

"This success is a manifestation of the importance of coordination that has to take place among various environments that are involved in fighting crime, " said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The three suspects, Shadrack Thobejane aged 37, Calvin Muodzo aged 43 and Shah Jamal Mohammad aged 29, were remanded in custody until Tuesday 28 March 2024 for further police investigations.


Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo
082 8766 429


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