The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General (Adv) Mark Magadlela commended the collaboration with foreign countries in the fight against crime. The sentiments aired by the Provincial Commissioner came after the recovery of a truck worth R1.7 million was stolen in Germiston and smuggled into Mozambique on 6 May 2015.
The police in Mozambique worked closely with the police in Mpumalanga in a joint investigation to locate and recover the truck. On 23 July 2015, the truck was repatriated back to South Africa and handed back to its rightful owner.
The Provincial Commissioner is pleased with the efforts put together by the security agencies in a quest to eradicate trans-border crimes.
There are other interlink trucks worth millions which were hijacked in Lydenburg and were also intercepted at Lebombo Border Post during the week before they could be taken into Mozambique.
In a separate incident that took place on 22 July 2015, the police in Nelspruit also stopped a truck for a routine search and were quick to spot that the driver had no information about it. It later emerged that the truck was robbed from the driver at a filling station in Belfast. The said driver told the police that he was approached by four unknown men where one pointed a firearm at him. He was then blindfolded and hit on the head with an iron rod after which he was forced into an unknown vehicle which drove into the bushes where he was deserted.
A short probe suggests that the arrested suspect, who is now facing a case of possession of suspected stolen property, told the police that the truck was handed to him so that he could take it to Mozambique.
Another truck was also robbed from the driver in Verena on 23 July 2015. The Mozambican driver told the police that he was on his way to Delmas to collect a fright of cement. He added that upon his arrival at the Witbank and Pretoria crossroad in Verena, he noticed that something was wrong with his truck. After stopping to check, he was suddenly approached by two men who pointed their firearms at him with firearms and ordered him to lie down at the back seat of the truck.
The suspects drove for few kilometres and forced him into a silver Volkswagen Polo with an unknown registration number. In the Polo, there were two occupants who kept communicating with the two in the truck.
After leaving the initial scene, it is alleged that the suspects took an unknown gravel road wherein the truck got stuck and the complainant was ordered to start it. After the victim failed, the suspects decided to unlock the two trailers of the truck and left him with them.
Later that day, the truck was found abandoned in Mamelodi, Gauteng.
No one has been arrested in this regard and the police are still investigating.