Ronald Chisana from Mambedi Valdezia village outside Thohoyandou will remain behind bars until his next court appearance on Monday for his alleged involvement in operating a suspected heavy vehicle theft syndicate worth R24 million.
Provincial Police Spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe indicated that Chisana was expected to apply for bail during his next appearance in the Vuwani Magistrate’s Court where he is set to appear on a charge of possession of suspected stolen vehicles.
Police made a major breakthrough in recovering eight trucks during an operation in Mashau Thenga village outside Levubu last week.
Ngoepe said Police had received a tip-off from community members about an alleged motor theft syndicate operating in the area. Investigations led Police to the site at Mashau Thenga village where five tipper trucks and three water tankers were found.
Preliminary investigations have already revealed that six of the eight recovered vehicles had been reported stolen from an automotive company in Modderfontein, Gauteng. Ngoepe added that the origin of the remaining two trucks were still being determined.
He also said the possibility that the trucks were meant to be smuggled across the border was still being investigated.
Story: RC Myburgh