Six nabbed for Truck-Hijacking
Rustenburg – A truck travelling from Botswana to South Africa was hijacked on the N4, between Zeerust and Rustenburg on Monday, 6 March 2017.
The truck was loaded to the brim with non-ferrous metals including copper, manganese and stainless steel, all to an estimated value of R 300 000.00, Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone, police spokesperson confirmed.
Reports indicate that the suspects detached a trailer from the truck and left it along the N4 national route. Later on, the truck was abandoned in Rustenburg. The suspects then hired another truck to tow the trailer to a scrap-yard. The goods were apparently in transit to a scrap-yard in Mmakau (De Wildt) area near Brits. The trailer was eventually found in Soshanguve near Pretoria.
Tip-offs from the community assisted the Rustenburg Flying Squad to trace the six suspects, aged between 22 and 62.
The suspects appeared before the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 13 March 2017, and face charges of the possession of suspected stolen goods and hijacking.
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