By Staff Reporter
Four individuals, three from Zimbabwe and one from South Africa, between the ages of 30 and 36 years, were arrested on Saturday evening for attempting to steal diesel from a mine in Mpumalanga province, South Africa.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, confirmed the arrests on Monday, stating that the accused were caught at approximately 8 pm.
Brig Mohlala revealed that the suspects drove four light delivery vehicles into the mine and concealed themselves between stockpiles.
“Upon receiving information, the assistant contractor standby manager, supervisor of Vlanggatfotein mine, and the reaction unit proceeded to the scene. On arrival, four vehicles resembling the mine mechanical vehicles with their loading bins converted to tanks were found,” said Brig Mohlala
The police official went on to explain that the four suspects were taken into custody for attempting to steal diesel from the mine after they were unable to provide a valid reason for their entry.
The suspects were found with four light delivery vehicles, which included two Isuzu, one Ford Ranger, and one Toyota Hilux pickup truck, all bearing Gauteng registration plates.
The vehicles were confiscated for investigation purposes.
In addition, the Department of Home Affairs will be conducting an investigation into the legal status of the Zimbabwean nationals among the suspects.