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Taxi driver and security official arrested for theft of diesel from SAPS garage


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Free State

WELKOM - A security officer at the SAPS Garage was arrested with a taxi driver after allegations of possession of stolen state property.

On 16 October 2023 at about 02:00, two vigilant members from the Welkom Client Service Centre, whilst attending to complaints, conducted a camp inspection at the station perimeter and spotted a minibus in front of the South African Police Service state garage.

Members approached, but the vehicle pulled away in haste. The vehicle was blocked and searched and two 25-liter diesel containers and a pipe used to allegedly drain diesel from police vehicles were found. The minibus driver, aged 37, was arrested.

Further investigation led to the arrest of a 40-year-old security official who was on duty at the state garage. Both suspects were arrested for possession and theft of state property and will appear in the Welkom Magistrate Court soon.


Sergeant Mahlomola Kareli
082 527 6634