KwaMsane police spokesperson Captain Jabulani Mdletshe said police arrested eight Sokhulu community members after discovering numerous items reported stolen from Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) sites. Two of the arrested suspects are G4S security guards and are said to be the masterminds, Zululand Observer reported.
“Police managed to seize stolen goods, including microwaves, spanners, boots, a coat and a tool box,” added Mdletshe.
All the suspects, aged between 18 and 32, will return to court on June 9 facing charges of possession of suspected stolen goods.
In a separate incident, two police officers appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrates’ Court in February for allegedly selling suspected stolen goods.
The two officers, who work at the Klerksdorp auxiliary garage – which services the SA Police Service’s vehicles – allegedly sold rims and tyres from the garage to a member of the public for R1 200, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.
The man had been arrested earlier in the week for being in possession of stolen items.
“The police arrested a suspect on information received from informers regarding stolen vehicle rims and tyres.
“After an investigation was conducted the suspect informed the police that he bought the goods from the two employees of the [SAPS] working at the Klerksdorp auxiliary garage,” Ngubane said.
– Caxton News Service