Car Thief Nabbed Attempting To Cross to Zimbabwe, South Africans React: “It Will Never End”

Car Thief Nabbed Attempting To Cross to Zimbabwe, South Africans React: “It Will Never End”

  • A Zimbabwean national was arrested on 16 March when he was trying to escape from Limpopo to Zimbabwe
  • The man was allegedly caught trying to smuggle a stolen car out of the country at the Beitbridge border in Limpopo
  • South Africans were concerned about the spate of carjackings in South Africa and called for more action against those involved in the crimes

Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered police investigations and court cases at Daily Sun for over three years. Do you have a hard news story you would like to share? Email tebogo.mokwena@briefly.co.za with CA in the subject line.

A Zimbabwean national was arrested in Limpopo for trying to smuggle a car into Zimbabwe
Mzansi is concerned about the rising number of carjacking incidents. Images: @TheTruthPanther/X and Nicola Katie/Getty Images
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BEITBRIDGE, LIMPOPO – The South African Police Service arrested a Zimbabwean national while he was allegedly trying to cross the border into Zimbabwe with a stolen vehicle. The man is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court soon.

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Man arrested trying to smuggle vehicle

TimesLIVE reported that the vehicle the man was allegedly trying to smuggle out of the country was hijacked on 15 March in Pretoria. The suspect was caught while driving the Ford Raptor along the R101 near Lund Farms in Limpopo. The suspect is expected to appear before two courts in South Africa this week.

He will appear before the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Tuesday for allegedly stealing the vehicle. He will also appear before the Polokwane Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 20 March, for a case of possession of suspected stolen property.

South Africans worried about crime

Netizens commenting on the case on @TheTruthPanther's X tweet expressed their concerns about the rise in carjacking incidents.

ThembaD said:

"The northern border has been notorious for cross-border vehicle smuggling. A state not at home with criminality could have long addressed it, given the volume of vehicles involved and the lives ruined."

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SGT LEISA said:

"Open-border policy, where is he? How many cars have passed there without being noticed? Then the courts also decide without thinking."

Mokoni1 said:

"Give him a life sentence."

Sol asked:

"Why doesn't the International Relations Department approach the embassy of Zimbabwe and Mozambique about the crimes committed by their citizens?"

Ngwabutho Mkhwanazi remarked:

"This will never end, because nobody deals with the big dogs who are citizens."

Man arrested after trying to smuggle Fortuner out of the country

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that a man was arrested after he tried to smuggle a Toyota Fortuner out of the country through the Zimbabwean border.

The SAPS pursued him after the car he allegedly stole was reported missing in Garsfontein in Gauteng.

The police gave chase when the man saw them approaching and drove away. He was arrested near the Lunds Farm as well.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: tebogo.mokwena@briefly.co.za