Young cross-border armed hijacker busted, accomplices run

OCTOBER 14, 2015

An 18 year-old Lesotho man, Liteboho Mpe, is now expected to apply for bail on 22 October after he made his first appearance before the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court facing a charge of armed hijacking.

According to Free State police, Mpe and three other accomplices allegedly hijacked a white VW Polo valued at R 170 000 in Brandwag, Bloemfontein.

"It was on the 9 October 2015 at about 19:30 when the complainant was driving to his residential place from a shopping complex. While stationery at the robots four armed men allegedly instructed him to get out of his vehicle. 

"The alleged hijackers allegedly drove off with his vehicle and the complainant ran away. The matter was reported at Parkroad Police Station and nearby Police Stations as well as Port of Entries to Lesotho was activated to be on the look-out of the car," the police said.

On Saturday morning, members of Maseru Port Of Entry, Constables Mandla Gambu, Motlalepula Koloti and Keletso Ntulini were busy with their normal border stop and search duties when the VW Polo pulled up, now with Lesotho registration numbers, enroute to that country.

"They stopped the vehicle and circulated the said vehicle on the NATIS system through its chassis number and they discovered that the vehicle was hijacked in Bloemfontein on the previous day," the police said. 

"The driver who was alone in the car without a driver’s license was arrested for being in possession of suspected stolen vehicle. During the investigation it was found that they were four alleged hijackers and three are still on the run."

The case was transferred to Bloemfontein Vehicle Crime Investigation (VCI) as the matter happened in Bloemfontein. Investigations are still underway and the Bloemfontein VCI is still searching for the other three suspects.

Lieutenant General Simon Mpembe, the Free State Police Provincial Commissioner, applauded the members of Maseru Port Of Entry for being smarter than the criminals in recovering the hijacked vehicle.