Three suspects were arrested after they parked a hijacked vehicle at the police station in eMalahleni (formerly Witbank), Mpumalanga.
According to col. Donald Mdhluli, police spokesperson, said the suspects entered the police station’s premises on Tuesday around 10:30 a.m. in a white Toyota Hilux double cab bakkie. This bakkie was reported stolen in Diepsloot, Gauteng, in November last year.
“A member at the community service center spotted the vehicle. The person became suspicious of the occupants who were still sitting in the parked vehicle,” says Mdhluli.
“The member went to investigate the vehicle, after which the driver got out of the vehicle and fled.”
The other two occupants were arrested there and then and it was determined that it was the hijacked vehicle of Diepsloot.
“The driver returned to the police station later that day – around 14:00 – hoping to drive away with the vehicle. Little did he know that the police were waiting for him. He was handcuffed upon his arrival at the police station.”
The suspects are expected to appear in the eMalahleni Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on charges of possessing a hijacked vehicle. Further investigation will determine whether more charges will be filed against the suspects.
Lt. Gen. Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, provincial police commissioner in Mpumalanga, praised everyone involved for their vigilance, which led to the arrest of the suspects.