Police Intercept, Arrest Two South Africans With Stolen Vehicles

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Police in Kazungula this week arrested two South African man in possession of two vehicles suspected to have been stolen in their country of origin.

The duo, 53-year old James Msibe from Johannesburg and 62-year old Hosia Pitso, from Diepkloof Soweto in Johannesburg was arraigned before Kasane Magistrate Court yesterday morning charged with unlawful possession of the two vehicles worth over R1.5 million. The court has since remanded the accused.

According to particulars of the offence, Msibe was unlawfully found in possession of a White Ford Ranger bearing registration number JX 13 GB GP valued at around R 850 000 of Chassis number AFAPXXMJ2PLT54331 and engine number YMP2LPLT54331, that is suspected to have been stolen outside Botswana. 

Pitso is reported to have been unlawfully found in possession of a White Toyota Fortuner bearing registration number KXS 638 MP valued at around R 650 000 of Chassis number AHJA3GS600228744 and engine number IGD0356732, that is also suspected to have been obtained unlawfully outside Botswana.

Public Prosecutor Sub Inspector Tobokani Muzila had pleaded with the court to remand the two suspects in custody for a period of 14 days to allow the police to complete their investigations, adding that the matter was still fresh.

Kasane Magistrate Thabang Chokwe then ruled that the suspects be reminded in custody to allow the police to do their investigations. Chokwe said this will also allow the court to find a Zulu interpreter for the first accused person.

The suspects will appear at Kasane Magistrate Court on the 2nd July 2024 for Status update.

Meanwhile, District No 7 Officer Commanding Senior Superintendent Meshack Pulenyane has said that the duo was arrested at around 1320hours at Duncan Mall in Kazungula on their way to Lusaka, Zambia. He stated that Kazungula police liaised with South African police who confirmed that the vehicles were stolen. According to him, police were doing their surveillance as it is their routine or daily work to stop and check when they found the two suspects.

Meanwhile the police have since revealed in a statement that another vehicle, a Ford Ranger, also suspected to have been stolen in South Africa by a companion of the arrested duo, was found abandoned at a lodge in Lesoma. The suspect, who is alleged to have been driving the third stolen car is on the run and the police have launched a search.

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