Amended security alert on armed robberies in Mpumalanga

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Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Commerce and Tourism as well as the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) responded to the earlier alert received from Malalane Against Crime (MAC). Several incidents had occurred on the roads between Graskop, Sabie, Hazyview and White River in Mpumalanga, with the most recent ones on the R537 and R538. In the latest cases, the modus operandi is the same. Armed perpetrators impersonating police officers hijack rental vehicles on these roads in the evening (after 6pm).  These criminals either carry a card scanner and check pin…

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Jaco Meintjies arrested on charges pertaining to R11.5 million fraud

Jaco Meintjies (45) was arrested by members of the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Mpumalanga for Fraud and Theft on Monday  and subsequently appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate Court on charges of fraud. Mentjies was released on R3000 bail and is set to join  six other family members who were arrested in 2019 and are expected to go on trial on the same case in May this year. Carol Ann Event (46) and five co-accused, Lucy Andrea Du Preez (50), John Avent (53), Piet Albertus Meintjies (36), Maria Antoinette Le…

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Police launch manhunt for four suspects who escaped from lawful custody.

Police in Mpumalanga have launched a manhunt for four suspects who escaped from lawful custody at Pienaar SAPS in the early hours of today. According to reports, these villains were all working as a group in the commission of 32 serious cases of house robberies including one murder. Their reign of terror stretched from Tonga, Matsulu, Pienaar, Kabokweni as well as Baberton areas. They are 28 year Sifiso Mathonsi, 31 year Senzo Nyambi, 37 year Bongani Bogra Mpila,  and 31 year Vusi Ceko. Police are calling on the public to…

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Nkomazi rapist pardoned by pres Ramaphosa

On  December 16, last year, President Cyril Ramaphosa approved the release of 14 647 convicted offenders, one of which was Philip Mathonzi from Nkomazi. Mathonzi had been convicted and sentenced to 5 years in jail for robbery in 2016 and is still awaiting trial for attempted murder and 5 charges of rape, all of which took place around the same time. The Democratic Alliance Women’s Network (DAWN) in Mpumalanga is concerned that he will be set free, while awaiting trial for alleged horrendous crimes. “Our concern is that Mathonzi might…

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Well-known Balfour business man allegedly murdered by wife

The wife of 58-year old businessman, Jabulani Nkosi, Busi Mitta Nkosi(41) had been taken into custody as suspect in his murder. The Balfour resident and owner of a highly successful funeral parlour in the town was killed on January 19. According to SAPS, the suspect secured the services of five others to assist with the murder. They had already appeared in the local magistrate’s court on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and murder. The  male suspects are all aged between 29 and 47 and are: Muntu Mashinini, Sipho Dube…

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Policeman nabbed as possible kingpin in rhino poaching near Rustenburg

Anti rhino poaching drives in SA

The war on rhino poachers continues successfully with another suspected rhino poacher arrested at a game lodge near Rustenburg  . The suspect has been identified as a police constable and has possible links to the rhino poaching incidents which had plagued Pilanesberg. The 33-year-old suspect was arrested during a Crime Intelligence Operation on Tuesday evening, January 14. Four suspects were caught who were allegedly in the process of poaching rhinos at a Game Lodge in Boitekong, near Rustenburg, according to a SAPS statement. Three managed to escape into the surrounding…

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Kruger Park rangers start 2020 off on high note with major arrests

Another poached rhino in the Kruger National Park in SA

Seven suspected poachers had met their match in the Kruger National Park rangers who, in nine days, during the New Year anti-poaching campaign. Three  were arrested on January 2  in the Lower Sabie / Skukuza area of the Park after an extended day long follow-up operation by rangers, supported by K9 and air wing rapid reaction units. Heavy caliber hunting rifles, ammunition and poaching equipment were recovered. The second group of another three suspects were arrested on January 7 by a joint Stolznek and Pretoriuskop ranger team, supported by K9…

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Ermelo farmers rejoice as stock theft in Mpumalanga gets heavy court sentences

Ermelo’s farming community called the latest court sentence of stock thefts a breakthrough. SAPS provincial commissioner, Lt-Gen Mondli Zuma, took the complaints of the farmers seriously and tasked the Hawks to deal with this scourge of theft. The suspects in the latest incident which occurred at the end of last year would spend most of their lives behind bars and even the National Prosecuting Authority applauded the court for handing down sentences of 29 years. Zuma said that the thefts over the Christmas season were as a result of people…

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Manhunt for truck hijackings in Delmas, Mpumalanga

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Police had launched a manhunt after several truck hijackings in  Delmas, Mpumalanga. Some of the hijackers wore full SAPD uniforms and drove cars with blue lights similar to police vehicles. In the latest incident last week, two trucks from one company were hijacked on the R50. They were transporting soya products to Standerton. The value of the products alone is said to be worth at least R400 000. The provincial commissioner of police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma told media that SAPS would take out all the stops to find…

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Drunk drivers cause road accidents

Mpumalanga police have urged motorists not to drive under the influence of alcohol to avoid unnecessary road accidents. At the beginning of the Safer Festive Season Operation, police managed to detect more than 1300 drivers from the roads who were arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol. “This causes danger, not only to the drivers but to other road users as well because most lives are lost due to people who disobey the law by consciously going behind the wheel after consumption of alcohol,” said Mpumalanga police…

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