Suspect appears in court after being nabbed with hijacked truck
Thulani Wana aged 30 appeared at the Delmas District’s Court on Friday, 28 October 2022 after his arrest on allegations of being found with suspected hijacked Freightliner truck in Delmas on Wednesday, 26 October 2022.
According to information, the truck driver alleges that he was driving on the Argent Road with a truck loaded with maize destined to Durban.
As he was driving the truck, approaching a stop sign, he was reportedly stopped by a white BMW with five occupants inside. It is said that he was held at gunpoint by the five suspects who ordered him to get off the truck into the BMW. One of the suspects reportedly took over and drove the truck.
It is further reported that the car tracking company noticed through their system that the said truck was possibly hijacked and the information was then related to the Delmas Police Station at around 15:30.
The Police and the tracking company immediately began patrolling the area in search of the said truck. Their search was successful as the tracking company located the truck along the N12 Road in Botleng, Delmas on the same day at around 16:20. Upon noticing the police, it is said that the suspect who was driving the truck, alighted from the truck and tried to flee but fortunately he was unlucky as he was apprehended then later charged for truck hijacking. Police cannot rule out the possibilities of adding further charges of kidnapping against the suspect. The truck driver was only found in Meyerton the following morning, Thursday 27 October 2022.
The suspect, Thulani Wana was remanded in custody and the case was postponed to 02 November 2022 for legal representation.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney has commended the partnership that was displayed between CarTrack company and the SAPS.
Colonel Donald Mdhluli
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