Taxi Boss Arrested Using 70 Stolen Sassa Cards to Withdraw Cash

Taxi Boss Arrested Using 70 Stolen Sassa Cards to Withdraw Cash

- A notorious taxi boss was arrested in possession of stolen Sassa cards and R7 640 in cash on him

- Police have acted on intelligence gathered by the Durban Central District Task Team

- Gcaba was released of R5 000 bail after appearing in court on charges of fraud and being in possession of the stolen property

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Sthembiso Gcaba, 47, was taken into custody on Saturday following a sting operation conducted by the Durban Central District Task Team.

He was arrested while allegedly making withdrawals at an ATM using 70 allegedly stolen Sassa cards. When he was arrested with the cards and R7 640 in cash in his possession.

The police followed up the arrest by searching his luxury home in a Umhlanga estate. His vehicle was also seized by the authorities, a Mercedes Benz AMG GT 63 S which is valued at R3.4 million. The car was a new purchase by Gcaba and had not yet been registered when it was confiscated according to IOL.

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Taxi boss arrested using 70 stolen Sassa cards to withdraw cash
Sthembiso Gcaba was arrested while making withdrawals with stolen Sassa cards. Photo credit: @Crime_SpotterSA
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He was charged with fraud and being in possession of the stolen property. According to evidence submitted by the police, Gcaba had made 133 withdrawals, each R1 800 which totalled up to R239 400 according to TimesLive.

He was released on bail of R5 000 after appearing in court.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that South Africans are all too familiar with taxi drama - especially those of us who have been travelling with taxis for many years. A Cape Town taxi recently had its bit of drama after the driver of the public transport pulled over on the side of the road.

In a clip shared online by @Simelane_Zatu, a taxi driver is seen standing outside his taxi, which is full of commuters, as he explains that he had decided to pull over because his passengers had not paid him his full fee of R180 and instead only paid R130.

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"Cape Town taxi drama is the funniest," Simelane captioned the clip of the upset taxi driver.

In other news, a hair-raising clip of a man getting badly assaulted on a busy Cape Town road on Thursday morning this week was shared online. In the short clip that was shared on Twitter by Twitter page, @1SecondLater, the taxi drivers and the motorist can be seen engaging in an argument.

Soon three taxi drivers gang up on the man, kicking him to the floor and proceeding to kick and hit him, tearing his T-shirt in the process. One can also see the motorist's mother trying to intervene and getting pushed around by those involved in the altercation.

While it is not clear what started the harrowing altercations, one social media user, @iamalkatraz, said that the motorist being assaulted in the clip had insulted the taxi drivers and used racial slurs to address them, resulting in the attack.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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