SAPS recovers stolen goods in border crossing attempt

SAPS seized a number of stolen goods from trucks attempting to cross the border.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) earlier this week seized and confiscated stolen vehicles, motorbikes and other goods in Pongola, KwaZulu Natal.

The goods were being transported to Malawi by two trucks and a bakkie that were waiting at the Golela port of entry before it opened in the early hours of the morning.

SAPS spokesperson colonel Thembeka Mbhele told FTW Online that the police had received intelligence that a few suspicious trucks would be transporting stolen goods across the border and immediately searched all the vehicles waiting at the border post.

She said investigations were ongoing to establish what the goods being transported in the vehicles had been declared as. She added that all the motorbikes being transported had been positively identified by their lawful owners and were being returned. They were found to have been stolen in Pietermaritzburg and the surrounding areas.

As a result of the search and seizure, nine suspects have been arrested and appeared in the Pongola Magistrate’s Court on charges of possession of stolen property.

All of the other stolen goods recovered, including bicycles, computers, solar panels and appliances, are currently being held by the SAPS.


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