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Saturday, September 26, 2020
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    Crime Snippets

    Provincial Commissioner warns public to be wary of false job listing advert

    The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, warned the public/job seekers about a bogus job listing advertisement that indicates vacant positions for internship opportunities within the service. The advertisement has been circulated on social media platforms.
    Members of the public are therefore warned not to fall prey to such malicious scams, as there is currently no internship or learning programme posts available nor has the province put out such an advertisement. Such adverts are misleading and are usually intended to extort money from victims/ job seekers. The public is also urged to be vigilant and to contact their nearest police stations for clarity to confirm the legitimacy of such adverts in future.
    Jobs in the South African Police Service are not for sale. Legitimate vacant posts are advertised through the media (print and electronic) as well as the SAPS website.
    The Provincial Commissioner therefore categorically condemns the criminal tendencies of these unscrupulous individuals spreading false and misleading information with the intent of targeting unsuspecting victims.

    Pensioner sentenced to life imprisonment for rape of minor

    The Mhala Regional Court handed down a life imprisonment term to a 63-year-old pensioner, who cannot be named to protect the minor, for raping a six-year-old minor.
    The incident occurred on October 2017, at Welverdiend Village, outside Thulamahashe. The court heard how the accused threatened the minor who was sitting outside her grandmother’s house before taking her to the toilet where he raped her and threatened to kill her if she revealed what had happened. The following morning, the little girl’s brother called her mother after she saw that she (girl) was struggling to get out of bed. After checking up on her, they noticed injuries on her private part. The girl was then taken to hospital for medical assistance where it was confirmed that she had been raped. The mother reportedly confronted the accused and he apparently confessed to having committed this evil deed.
    The matter was then reported to the police who acted swiftly and duly arrested the accused the following day.
    The court also heard that the grandmother, who was staying with the victim and her siblings was in a relationship with the accused and when the child reported the incident to her (grandmother), she tried to cover up for the accused.
    The Provincial Commissioner of the Police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma welcomed the sentence and applauded members of the South African Police Service for their hard work and determination in collecting all the evidence that positively linked the accused, leading to this conviction and a long sentence.

    Two suspects remanded in custody for human trafficking

    Atif Ali (27) and Subuj Miah (30) were remanded in custody by the Nelspruit District Court on Tuesday.
    It is alleged that the two Indian males recruited and trafficked four Bangladeshi nationals who are currently being kept at a place of safety after they were freed from captivity in a joint operation by the Hawks Mpumalanga, Crime Intelligence and Nelspruit Dog unit on Friday.
    On Friday, the team followed up information of people who were being held captive inside a house in Nelspruit Belview Estate. The four travelled from Bangladesh via Dakar to Mozambique. They were allegedly forced to walk to South Africa until they were picked up in Komatipoort and transported to the house in Nelspruit.
    The victims alleged that their captors phoned their relatives in Bangladesh and demanded ransom money for their release. The two suspects were arrested on the premises and have been charged with trafficking in persons. They are expected back at the same court this coming Friday. Investigations are continuing.

    Drugs worth R2.2 million seized – suspect arrested

    A 35-year-old suspect is expected to appear at the Nelspruit District Court today after he was arrested with approximately R 2.2million worth of Mandrax.
    The suspect was arrested during a joint operation led by the Secunda and Middleburg Serious Organised Crime Investigation teams, assisted by the Nelspruit TRT after information surfaced of a vehicle transporting drugs from Mozambique to South Africa.
    The vehicle fitting the description was spotted and intercepted on the N4. Mandrax tablets were found in the vehicle, with an estimated street value of R 2.2 million and the suspect was arrested.
    The Provincial Head for the Directorate for Priority Crime investigation Mpumalanga, Major General Zodwa Mokoena, has applauded the members’ efforts in the arrests of the drug peddlers.
    “The recent arrest comes a few days after we dismantled a multi-million-rand narcotics laboratory. I also appreciate the community commitment in providing information about criminal activities in the province,” said Major General Mokoena.

    Disciplinary actions to be taken against six officials for alleged corruption

    Disciplinary action will be taken against the six licensing officials by the Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison for allegedly being involved in corruption in the Lekwa Licensing Office in Standerton.
    The officials were arrested on Monday, 26 August, for allegedly falsifying vehicle ownership registration on the national traffic information system to enable truck owners to avoid payment of vehicle licensing fees, including penalties and arrears.
    The Road Traffic Management Corporation’s (RTMC) national traffic anti-corruption unit and SAPS have been investigating this matter since 2017.
    According to a statement issued by the RTMC, it is estimated that the Mpumalanga Provincial Government has lost more than R67 million in unpaid fees because of corrupt activities.
    The officials appeared this week at the Middelburg Regional Court and were each granted bail ranging between R5000 and R 20 000.
    Community Safety, Security and Liaison, MEC Gabisile Shabalala, said although the department awaited the necessary processes to unfold, corruption should not be condoned. She said that officials had to live within their means and not be involved in corrupt activities to live beyond their means.
    “Government should help us eradicate corruption and not be a party to perpetuating it. Those who are found on the wrong side of the law should face consequences because they tarnish the good work that many other officials are doing,” she said.

    Police looking for murder suspects

    Police in Mpumalanga is looking for suspects who allegedly attacked and killed a 51-year-old man at his house in Witbank on Wednesday, 28 August.
    It is reported that on that fateful day police received a complaint of a shooting incident and went to investigate. Upon arrival, they found the lifeless body of the man lying in a pool of blood with bullet wounds to his head. They proceeded to his house and found his wife who had been brutally assaulted and the house having been ransacked. She allegedly informed the police that three armed men stormed in and demanded money and further threatened to put her grandson in the oven if they failed to comply. They assaulted her after she had informed them there was no money.
    The suspects took seven firearms and two television sets before fleeing in the wife’s vehicle, a Suzuki Swift, which was later found abandoned at Kusulile Off-ramp along the N4 road.
    The suspects are still at large. Anyone with information that will assist police in their investigation is urged to contact Sergeant Lery Rangwaga at 072 737 2003 or call the Crime Stop Number 08600 10111.

    Motor vehicle theft syndicate stopped in their tracks

    On 2 September, two suspects who are regarded as a syndicate according to the manner they operate will appear before the Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court, facing a string of charges of vehicle theft. Their arrest came after an Intelligence-Driven Operation conducted at Msogwaba near Nelspruit on 29 August. The two men arrested, aged 31 and 34, are suspected to be a part of a motor vehicle theft syndicate.
    The operation was launched after police were looking for the 34-year-old man, who was wanted to relate to vehicle theft. The search led them to Msogwaba where they found the suspect they were looking for in possession of a suspected stolen vehicle, with two bulletproof vests inside the vehicle. A further probe led to the arrest of his accomplice at Kabokweni, who was also found in possession of a suspected stolen vehicle. Whilst the police were detaining the duo, seven more victims came forward and reported that one of the suspects had sold them stolen vehicles. He was reportedly running a scam where he would allegedly inform the victims that he bought repossessed vehicles and resold them.
    One of the victims, a 44-year-old Traffic Officer, allegedly paid the suspect R68 000 for a vehicle and was told he would receive the registration papers at a later stage. After three weeks, he took his car in for a service and later received a message from a dealer in Johannesburg informing him about service booking quotes, which made him suspicious. He then took the vehicle to the Nelspruit Vehicle Identification Services (VIS) where they confirmed that the vehicle had indeed been stolen and cloned.
    Another victim, a police officer, was offered a vehicle valued at R55 000, for which he paid R40 000 cash and was told to fetch it at Protea Glen in Pretoria. The victim is alleged to have asked a police friend to accompany him to fetch the vehicle and he took it to VIS, where it was confirmed that it had been stolen at Hillbrow, Gauteng. The other victims also narrated similar stories.
    The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, once again warned members of the public to do a thorough background check before purchasing vehicles and any other valuable items.


    Two men aged 37 and 42 appeared before the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on 2 September, for dealing in drugs, bribery and possession of dagga, in separate incidents.In the first incident, a 42-year-old man was arrested on Friday, 30 August, by the Nelspruit Visible Policing members who were conducting an operation at Short Brown Street. They stopped a suspicious vehicle and requested to search it. Upon searching, they found 60 small packets containing a substance believed to be heroin with an estimated street value of R2 500. He was arrested and charged for dealing in drugs.It is reported that the suspect further offered the members (police officers) Relief Commander R4 300 cash in exchange for his release and an additional charge for bribery was added.In another incident, a 37-year-old prison warder was also arrested on the same day, after trying to smuggle dagga into the prison. His arrest came after he was found, at the prison facility’s gate, in possession of four packets of dagga with an estimated street value of R20 000, police were called and the suspect was swiftly arrested for possession of dagga.

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