Luxolo Kowa, a police officer based at the major operations reactions team (Mort) and Luthando Mqikwa based at the Harare police station appeared alongside Siyabonga Dlanga, and twins Sipho and Siphiwo Fex in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
The prosecution informed the court that the investigation into the matter had not been concluded, and the arrest of other suspects, including a third cop, could not be excluded.
More charges could also be added to the charge sheet. The five are facing charges of motor theft, two counts of fraud, one for the possession of housebreaking equipment and one of attempted house robbery.
“It is the State’s case that the accused allegedly stole two police vehicles, a VW Caddy and marked Opel Corsa. No authorisation was given for the use of the cars. The vehicles were fitted with cloned number plates when (the suspects) were apprehended by Bellville police officers. Because the two accused in the matter are police officers a senior prosecutor made a decision on the charges,” prosecutor Stefan Venter argued.