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Police nab three Zimbabwean foreign nationals with 2 187 litres of suspected stolen diesel

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


NELSPRUIT - An operation by multidisciplinary team comprised of the Middleburg Flying Squad, DPCI (Middleburg Organised Crime), Nkangala District Task Team as well as Department of Environmental Affairs, Tracker Connect and Bidvest Security managed to recover 2 187 litres of suspected stolen diesel in Ogies yesterday, Thursday 21 March 2024.

Three Zimbabwean nationals aged between 24 and 30 were found in different locations with several containers filled with diesel.

The team was assembled after a follow-up on theft of coal in one of the Middleburg mines in February this year (2024) was reported

When members were busy with a follow up on the information, three light delivery vehicles. These are two Isuzu bakkie and one Nissan NP200 bakkie. These cars were found fully loaded with containers filled with diesel. All drivers could not produce the proof of purchase, hence they were arrested for possession of suspected stolen property, illegal dealing in diesel and contravention of the Immigration Act of South Africa.

The vehicles, and a generator as well as diesel pumping pipes were seized for further investigation.

All suspects are expected to appear at the Ogies Magistrate's Court soon.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, has commended the joint forces for the job well done.


Colonel Donald Mdhluli
082 608 6540


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