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Four appear over Mpumalanga fuel theft

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Mar 1, 2020

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Cape Town – Four suspects have been arrested in Ogies, Mpumalanga, for fuel theft.

Walter Lunga, 23, and Andrew Ukamahwapara Kawocha, 52, were arrested at a clandestine house by Hawks officers, accompanied by crime intelligence, the tactical response team (TRT), public order police, K9, environmental inspectors, Transnet officials and Bidvest Security, police spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said on Sunday.

The operation continued and a further two suspects, Cuthbert Mbizo, 38, and Monyaradzi Makore, 38, were arrested hiding in a maize field not far from the vicinity, bringing to the number of individuals arrested for their alleged involvement in the stealing of diesel out of the Transnet pipelines at the old Juvenile school in Ogies. 

The four suspects appeared before the Witbank Magistrate's Court on Friday and they are all expected to appear again on Monday in the Ogies Magistrate's Court. 

During the operation, three commercial trucks and a private vehicle were seized, along with a DHV generator, a SSHP generator, gasoline water pump generator, 161 000L diesel drums, a blue drum with diesel and two pipes to drain the stolen diesel were seized. 

The investigation continues.

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