Five truck hijacking accused were remanded in custody upon appearance before the Molopo Magistrates’ Court in Mmabatho on Friday, 21 August 2020.
Kagiso Monsho (31), Tumisang Mosebi (31), Moluki Kitso (36), Tebogo Kaonosi (44), and Onkarabetsi Gaobuse (48) will appear in court again on Wednesday, 26 August 2020. The accused were arrested on Wednesday, 19 August 2020 in Lotlhakane village outside Mahikeng.
The accused were apprehended by members of Mahikeng Flying Squad and Public Order Police (POP) a search was launched for the truck which was reported missing by the owner. It is alleged that the truck owner became suspicious after the drivers failed to answer their cell phones. Thus, the matter was reported to the police and at the same time, the tracker was activated. The truck which was carrying liquor, was eventually found in the bushes along Lotlhakane road.
Further investigation into the matter led to apprehension of the suspects in Dithakong West village after being spotted off-loading liquor from a Nissan bakkie and Toyota Quantum. Moreover, the suspects were found in possession of an Uzzi rifle and 11 rounds of ammunition.
The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena congratulated the members for the rapid response which led to the arrest of the accused, recovery of the truck, liquor and confiscation of an illegal firearm and ammunition.
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