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Five vehicles recovered after daring robbery

News - Date: 16 December 2017

Written by: Isabel Venter / Viewed: 4406


Local police arrested two suspects in Musina after they recovered five brand new vehicles that were destined to be smuggled into Zimbabwe.

The vehicles were stolen in the early hours of Saturday, 9 December, from the Ford dealership in Phalaborwa.

According to a police spokesperson, Lt-Col Robert Netshiunda, an unknown number of suspects broke into the dealership and managed to get the vehicle keys from the office. The thieves got away with six brand new vehicles, which included two Ford Ranger WildTraks, two Ford Everests, a Ford single-cab bakkie and a Ford Ranger double-cab bakkie.

The police were quick to react and, with the help of local security groups, were able to recover five of the six stolen vehicles before the end of Saturday. Two of the vehicles were located near the Tshenzhelani Village in the Masisi-area. During this recovery, the police arrested their first suspect.

Shortly afterwards, a further three of the stolen vehicles were found at the Limpopo River, on the border of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Another suspect was arrested who was allegedly found in possession of the stolen vehicles.

Both the suspects, Tsununu Maphosa (31) and Mpho Dzuguda (23), appeared in the Messina Magistrate’s Court on Monday on a single count of the possession of a suspected stolen vehicle. They were not asked to plead or bring a bail application.

According to Netshiunda, the police are still looking for 11 more suspects that are tied to the robbery. Netshiunda said it is believed that Dzuguda was paid to act as a guide for the other suspects and help them navigate through the villages and get to a crossing point at the Limpopo River. Maphosa was allegedly a passenger in one of the stolen vehicles.


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    Uncle Sol Mashimbye 16 months ago

    Where have you ever commented young man except following your Uncle,I'm your role model you still remember how you started commenting,it was on my comment and you just keep on doing the good thing that's following your leader and I will be commenting more and more to get you busy young man.

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      Trevor 16 months ago

      But my uncle must still answer my questions please.

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    Trevor 16 months ago

    I read your comment the first time this afternoon and I thought because of the hit, my brain was playing tricks on me. I read it again this evening and I have to say it still doesnt make sense.

    Firstly can you explain what is so difficult to understand about robbers stealing cars at a dealership. Is it the first time you read about such a crime?

    Secondly, you insinuate that this is a scheme to avoid paying taxes by the dealership. You speak about unlawful and purposeful transactions. I have worked for the Revenue authority conducting all sorts of risk based audits and I have to admit that this is the first I hear of such a phrase. Can youyou explain how this works?

    You then speak about policies and procedures and general rules. You suggest that the keys should be kept in a strong room. I concede; however, unless you know something the rest of us dont, how do you know that the keys were not kept in a safe? And what do this policies have to do with what happened?

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    Uncle Sol Mashimbye 17 months ago

    This sound strange,criminals broke into a dealership and managed to get the keys.police must not be sold a dummy by this dealerships,one must ask how easy and how does criminals know where keys are safely kept to me it sound strange.this are just a mere ploy by this dealerships to avoid paying taxes to Sars(unlawful and purposeful transactions),I'm talking from experience.this dealerships doesn't even have policies and procedures and when caught napping they resort to "General rules" this is sickening.I know of a dealership which failed to produce policies and procedures when the needy arises.if the police can interrogate thoroughly they will eventually extract the dealerships weaknesses when it comes to procedures they are very much compromised.keys must be kept in a strong room within the safes but you would realise in this case it was just kept in offices not strongly the dealership where I once worked,there was no key control systems at the end of the day keys will be returned to the Cashier without being verified and it was the same when it get collected in the morning,no one signs for this processess so now who account here when keys are missing.I wish they can go and learn from Shoprite Checkers for key handling procedures and processess as they are highly competent on this aspects.

    But I can warn the police never to take this dealership crime as a priority,they are the victims of their own circumstances believe me.

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Some of the stolen vehicles were recovered at a crossing point in the Limpopo River on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Limpopo SAPS Communications.


Another stolen Ford that was recovered on Saturday. Photo: Limpopo SAPS Communications.

Another stolen Ford that was recovered on Saturday. Photo: Limpopo SAPS Communications.

The two suspects whom the police managed to capture. Tsununu Maphosa (left) and Mpho Dzuguda (right) appeared in the Messina Magistrate's Court on Monday on a single count of the possession of a suspected stolen vehicle(s). Photo: Limpopo SAPS Communications.

Mpho Dzuguda, shortly after he had been arrested by the local police. Photo supplied.

Another vehicle that was recovered, unfortunately in a very bad state. Photo supplied.


Isabel Venter

Isabel joined the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in 2009 as a reporter. She holds a BA Degree in Communication Sciences from the University of South Africa. Her beat is mainly crime and court reporting.


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