SA: More nights in jail for man arrested trying to smuggle stolen Toyota to Zimbabwe

SA: More nights in jail for man arrested trying to smuggle stolen Toyota to Zimbabwe


SOUTH AFRICA: The Polokwane Magistrate’s Court will this week continue with the bail application of 34-year-old, Loaded Maguta, who was arrested last month for possession of a stolen vehicle, a Toyota Fortuner, Limpopo police said.

SA Police Service (SAPS) in Limpopo spokesperson, Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba, said Maguta appeared in court last week, and he was remanded in custody until Thursday.

“The suspect, Loaded Maguta appeared on November 2, for formal bail, he is remanded in police custody until November 9, for further police investigations,” Mashaba told IOL.

Last week, IOL reported that the 34-year-old Zimbabwean man, Maguta, was remanded in custody when he appeared before the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court for possession of the Toyota Fortuner.

At the time, Mashaba said the Toyota Fortuner sport utility vehicle, which was recovered during Maguta’s dramatic arrest, was reported stolen in Gauteng.

The 34-year-old man who was nabbed near the Beitbridge border post is also linked to a vehicle smuggling syndicate operating between Gauteng and Limpopo, police said.

Police in Limpopo last month recovered a Toyota Fortuner 2.8 vehicle which was stolen in Gauteng, being smuggled into Zimbabwe via the Beitbridge border post. Picture: SAPS

Regarding the arrest, Mashaba said different units of the SAPS, as well as private security companies, received information about Maguta who was driving on the Berghenk Road, with the intention of smuggling a vehicle from Gauteng to Zimbabwe through the busy Beitbridge border post.

“An operation was activated, and the team spotted the described Toyota Fortuner 2.8. They tried to stop it, but the driver sped off,” Mashaba said at the time.

A high-speed chase ensued from the Kuschke Agriculture School until the Toyota Fortuner came to a stop along the R101 Road.

“The suspect was immediately arrested for possession of a suspected stolen motor vehicle, driving without a valid driving licence, and it was also established that he is in the country illegally,” said Mashaba.

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