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Joint operation led to major bust in illegal business operation

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


NELSPRUIT - Teamwork between Middleburg SAPS and private security companies led to the major burst of illegal diesel trade on Friday 17 November 2023 at about 12:30.

Police and security personnel were conducting their routine operations when a tipoff was received about the illegal activities in the area.

The team made a follow up on the tipoff where 7 725 litres of diesel believed to be illegally traded was confiscated and two suspects aged 21 and 33 arrested.

In separate incidents during the operation, two other suspects were arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunitions and one for possession of suspected stolen vehicle.

All arrested suspects are expected to appear before Middleburg Magistrate's Court tomorrow, Monday 20 November 2023.

Other confiscations included Chrome value at R1 320,00 on street value. A VW Golf, two truck trailers, three generators and five batteries were also seized.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela welcomed the arrest and commended partnership between law enforcement agencies and community participation.

Brigadier Selvy Mohlala
071 353 6955