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    Police looking for armed robbery suspects

    Members of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga are looking for six men who allegedly disarmed Security Guards of their firearms and hijacked a truck on the N12 between Blesbokfontein and Kendal off-ramp at Phola, near Witbank, in the early hours of Thursday morning, 17 October.
    Information at police disposal revealed that two vehicles from G4S Security, were escorting the truck from Benoni when they noticed two white Audi Sedans with unknown registration numbers. The occupants suddenly opened fire towards the guards. One of the security vehicles was shot on the rear right wheel tyre where after it came to a standstill. Four men armed with rifles appeared and disarmed the Guards of their pistols. They also took their cell phones as well as a camera before proceeding chasing the other Guards’ vehicle and the truck. The suspects continued firing shots towards the other security vehicle until it came to a halt. The suspects disarmed one of the guards. It is alleged that the driver of the second escort vehicle managed to flee the scene on foot but was later found dead in the bushes not far from the scene, having sustained a gunshot wound. The truck was also forced to a halt where both the truck driver and the passenger were forced into the suspects’ vehicles, where they drove with them for a while and later dropped them off along the road. It is alleged that the truck was carrying silver containers with boxes of cell phones and was abandoned just before the N4 road. Two containers were cut opened and emptied and a third one opened but only half the load was taken. A case docket for armed robbery has been opened but no arrest has been made so far. Anyone with information that may assist police in tracing the suspects is urged to contact the Phola Branch Commander, Captain Akim Mbewe on 082 318 9873 or the SAPS Crime Stop number, 08600 10111.

    Teacher appears for sexual assault

    A 56-year-old man appeared at the Tonga Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 17 October, on a charge of sexual assault. The man, who is a teacher at a local school is alleged to have sexually assaulted eight grade seven learners, 7 boys and a girl from the said school.
    It is reported that the teacher had been violating the learners from March 2019 until he was exposed in September. He would allegedly call them over to his desk during class, show them pornographic videos as well as images and lure them individually to a storeroom to commit his evil deeds. The suspect was arrested on 16 October after a lengthy investigation into the matter. He was granted R 2000 bail and is expected to appear at the same court on 20 January 2020. The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has condemned the callous act of the teacher who targeted and preyed on innocent and defenceless school children, more so as he was entrusted to mentor, support and care for them.

    Additional suspect arrested for R 11.5 million alleged fraud

    Kerry Anne Avent (31) was arrested by members of the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Unit on Tuesday, 15 October, for fraud and theft. The latest arrest follows that of Carol Ann Event (46) and four co-accused, Lucy Andrea Du Preez (50), John Avent (53), Piet Albertus Meintjies (36) and Maria Antoinette Le Roux (49), who were arrested two weeks ago in connection with over R11-million that was allegedly stolen from a Nelspruit based entity from 2010 to 2016, through fictitious transactions initiated by Carol, a former bookkeeper at the said entity. Carol was arrested in 2016 and charged on 1150 counts of fraud, she was subsequently released on a R5000 bail. Hawks’ investigation revealed that she apparently diverted the funds to her family members’ accounts. Carol is yet to be sentenced after she was found guilty as charged in December 2018.
    All additional accused have been released on R3000.00 bail each by the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court and the matter is expected back on the court roll on 5 November.

    Grade 12 lovers up for defeating the ends of justice

    A couple, both aged 20, appeared at the Bushbuckridge Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 21 October, for defeating the ends of justice by demanding a one-million-rand ransom.
    Information at police disposal revealed that on 10 October a case of kidnapping was opened at Bushbuckridge Police Station, where one of the suspects, a 20-year-old Grade 12 learner was reported as missing. After a missing person’s report was filed with the police, it was reported that her mother received a cell phone message demanding the above-mentioned ransom. The police closed in on the boyfriend. It is alleged that he colluded with the girlfriend and they used the girl’s cell phone with a different sim card to send the message to her mother. On 17 October police received information about the duo being seen together since her disappearance and they followed it up. They were both found at the boyfriend’s friend place and were arrested. The sim card used to send the message was also found in the possession of the boyfriend. Police management discouraged the reporting of false cases and warned on the serious repercussions it has on one’s future prospects.

    Police looking for kidnapped woman

    Police in Mpumalanga are looking for a 53-year-old woman, Guhabali Samzi, a Mozambique citizen, who was last seen on 15 October. It is alleged that on 15 October at about 14:30, the victim left her residential place, Elawini Lifestyle Estate in Nelspruit and went to the Crossing Shopping Centre. She was supposed to fetch her child from school later but did not. Her husband became worried after he repeatedly tried to get hold of her with no luck. As a result a case of a missing person was registered at Nelspruit Police Station. During the investigation, her car was found at Cairn, in the outskirts of Nelspruit, with the driver’s window having been smashed, her belongings were also found inside the car. Eyewitnesses reported seeing a gold Chevrolet with registration number HCX 568 MP picking her up, upon circulation it transpired that it was mounted with a false registration number. On the day of her disappearance, the victim was wearing a blue striped blouse and dark blue pants, she has black hair and dark brown eyes. Anyone with information on the man’s identity and whereabouts is hereby urged to contact, Warrant Officer Mike Lusiba at 082 535 1839 or the SAPS Crime Stop number, 08600 10111.

    Charl Cilliers SAPS needs your help!


    On Sunday, 17 March, in the early hours of the morning, around 03h00, a pedestrian was hit by a coal truck on R546 near Charl Cilliers.
    The pedestrian was declared dead on the scene by the paramedics.
    The deceased was an unknown African male and estimated to be in his late 30’s. At the time of the accident he was wearing a white t-shirt and khaki trousers.
    He was taken to Evander pathology. We are requesting the members of the public to come forward and identify if they have a missing relative.
    A case of culpable homicide was opened at Charl Cilliers SAPS.
    The Police can be contacted on 017 640 0234 or the investigating officer D/Cst Mkhwanazi on 072 856 9040.
    For more inquiries contact Cst Mqoco on 0797166835

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