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Limpopo farm raided twice in one night

2011-12-12 19:11

Marble Hall - Five suspects will appear in a Limpopo court in connection with the theft of medals valued at R5 000.

Joseph Mathibela, 62, Brian Mazarira, 62, Mkhokozile Ngwenya, 22, Madala Chipinda, 37, and Hardlife Chijeke, 23, first appeared in the Groblersdal Magistrate's Court on Monday.

"Five suspects were arrested at Toitskraal near Marble Hall on Friday night after they were caught red handed inside the farm's storeroom where the medals were kept," Marble Hall police spokesperson Constable Lethunya Mmuroa told African Eye News Service on Monday.

Mmuroa said farm workers spotted the suspects and alerted the farm owner, who then called police.

He said when the police interviewed the suspects, they confessed that they were going to sell the medals to a scrap metals company.

"Only Mathibela was released on R1 000 bail on Monday after the court heard he had been hired by the other four to transport them in his own vehicle,” Mmuroa said.

The other four will apply for bail on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, four other suspects will appear in the same court on Tuesday in connection with stealing mealies worth R2 500 at Toitskraal.

"The farm workers alerted the farm owner after they spotted a vehicle's lights in the field on Friday night.

"The owner called police who arrested the people and confiscated the mielies. A grey bakkie used during the crime was also impounded by police,” said Mmuroa.

He praised the farm workers for being alert and urged other communities to report criminal activities.

Comments
  • Burtfred - 2011-12-12 19:50

    F***ing useless pieces of homo sapiens. Selling medals for scrap metal is as base and disrespectful as any human can get. Just like voting for the ANC.

      Deborah - 2011-12-12 20:06

      If all farm workers act like this things will go better with the South-African economy. Give them each a case of Bells.

  • Jennifer - 2011-12-12 20:52

    Bail = nice little money spinner...

      Hunter - 2011-12-12 21:06

      and it makes space in the holding cells...

      Warren - 2011-12-12 22:40

      Maybe he can be their gettaway driver when they escape?

  • Craig - 2011-12-13 03:32

    At last a story with a little hope, well done to the to all envolved with special referance to the idiots now detained !!

  • Peter - 2011-12-13 08:31

    Well done to the farm workers. Investigate the medal stealers for other farm crimes - @rseh0les

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