Smuggling of cars to Moz resurfaces

2011-09-22 20:01

Durban - The smuggling of cars from South Africa to Mozambique in northern KwaZulu-Natal has started again, according to a provincial traditional leader.

"The smuggling of cars to Mozambique has begun and the community is trying to put a stop to it," Inkosi Mabhudu Tembe told Sapa.

Local residents had caught four people suspected of being behind the car hijacking syndicate, and handed them to the police, he said.

The smuggling of stolen luxury vehicles into Mozambique peaked between 2000 and 2005. Most of the vehicles smuggled to Mozambique were stolen in Gauteng, Durban, Empangeni and Kosi Bay.

The syndicate was uncovered when a South African police unit was deployed in Mozambique and Kosi Bay.

Tembe said locals had identified people suspected of being behind car hijackings in Kosi Bay.

"This was after a number of cars were stolen and allegedly taken to Mozambique. There was also talk of a list of cars which were going to be stolen," he said.

Between 2000 and 2005 Kosi Bay residents stopped buying new cars because they feared they would be stolen, he said.

"When the theft subsided, people started buying cars. That is why they are prepared to fight them [suspected criminals]. They want to protect their property," said Tembe.

A tractor belonging to the Umhlabuyalingana Municipality had also been stolen and apparently smuggled into Mozambique, he said.

"We are happy that the police leadership is taking this matter seriously. I phoned the provincial commissioner [Mamunye Ngobeni] and asked her to intervene and she responded positively."

The police were not immediately available to comment.

  • KarooOstrich - 2011-09-22 20:31

    I wonder what sort of security (motor vehicle) exsists on the Mozambique side of the border posts. I would be glad if anybody could tell me. When you travel to Namibia, on their side of the border post You must produce proof of ownership of your vehicle. Without this proof = no entry. You may also not have your SA registered vehicle there for longer than 30days. After that it must be registered in Namibia + you must then pay import duty based on the value of the vehicle if you intend to stay there. Here in our town is somebody living for more than a year already + his vehicle still has Windhoek number plates. Seems as though our neighbours are more strict there.

      DarwinEvolution - 2011-09-22 22:07

      COME ON!!! Why is it all ways the f'ing locals who make the news for all the wrong reasons!!! MURDER, RAPE, ROBBERY, CORRUPTION, FRAUD, RACISM and the list goes on and goodness is this all you people are good at??? Can you not do any good?????

      Mason - 2011-09-23 07:25

      @AMS-Dammer....would have done the same!! Nothing would have come out of it with the police involved! At least you know now that they can't (probably won't)come back for your vehicle!

      dee-k - 2011-09-23 10:36

      @ AMS-Dammer , you rock. I salute you.

      York Hunt - 2011-09-23 11:22

      @AMS-Dammer. I would love to believe you.

      OU AAP - 2011-09-23 11:25

      First of all the vehicles do not go through the Farazelle Border post ,the Border between SA and Mos is a cattle fence maintained by the Health Dept(Not good I might ad),Secondly to take vehicle through at night is easy ,wait for the Army to go to sleep and the Cops to pass on patrol,then cut the fence and youre in.The only way to enter from the bottom to Maputu is at the Salamanga Bridge that were manned by SAPS members and Moz Pol,now only Moz Pol mans it,They are corrupt and at a fee the vehicles are now let through,Bela Vista Police chief drives a SA Hijacked Merc ,after Norman Ventura Tembe,s arrest and the death of his second in command the hijackings stopped,now again it flared up,is Vetura still in Prison?And why cant the joint Salamanga project not continue,and it wouldnt hurt to keep an eye on the so called Prince of the Tsongas in Emanguzi,and ex cop Ian Smith

      Great White - 2011-09-23 14:59

      They're welcome to my 2004 Kompressor. I need an upgrade.

  • Andy49 - 2011-09-22 20:34

    "The smuggling of cars from South Africa to Mozambique in northern KwaZulu-Natal". So now all of a sudden Mozambique is part of SA & included into KZN. Wow what decline from being an independent country to be included into an SA province.

      KarooOstrich - 2011-09-22 21:01

      I missed that at first. Seems as though somebody has just re-written the Southern African atlas. Very interesting.

      Dav - 2011-09-23 07:36

      Thank god somebody else actually read the article from the beginning. Come N 24. For goodness sake proof read before you print.

  • - 2011-09-22 20:36

    Malema had a successful holiday in Mozambique...Met with robby mcbrides old cronies,they dont need arms anymore.Or who is there a new police comissioner in the area.A few questions immediately springs to mind.Any more suggestions?

  • Sihle KaMazibuko Mkhize - 2011-09-22 20:40

    Proud of the residents

      Ke maketse - 2011-09-23 09:06

      Very soon they will be accused of xenophobia just for taking steps to protect their communities

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-09-22 20:44

    It never stopped.

  • Robin7 - 2011-09-22 21:05

    Not really news. Yes, vehicles are driven through the bush but manned border posts remain the problem. There is no security to speak of at our borders due to bribery and corruption. Not talking junior officlas but high ranking senior officals. Stolen vehicles are DRIVEN through official border posts virtually every day, quite often without engine and chassis being changed. Simply a false license disc and false plates are used so it's not really that diffcult to ID the stolens. Hilux & Fortuner models are current favourites and once in Mozambique it is a mission to get the vehicles back.

      Coby - 2011-09-22 21:59

      Very true, Its easier to register those vehicles here in Malawi than brand new or 2nd hand in SA. I am still of the opinion any private investigators who work for insurance companies to recover stolen cars will become millionares here in Malawi. One of my co workers wants to buy a SA vehicle here in malawi and in the process were offered 3 stolen vehicles from SA, one was a Hilux bakkie stolen a month ago in Tembisa.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-22 21:10

    juju? Floyd? Where are you comrades?

  • Yar - 2011-09-22 21:13

    "The police were not immediately available to comment." Nip down to the local KFC, they will be there.

      Dav - 2011-09-23 07:37

      Or Sasol garage, checking out the "chicks" and "suiping koffee".

      Verdade - 2011-09-23 08:47 immediately available as they are busy assisting in taking the last shipment of cars across the border!

  • Coby - 2011-09-22 21:53

    Not surprise at all. its happening for a long time. 60%+ of all Fortuners, Prados and Hilux D/Cabs from SA here in Malawi is stolen. Must be coming through Moz. To register the vehicles here in Malawi is very easy as the head of CID is part of this network.

      Warp - 2011-09-22 22:17

      I'm seeing a trend here... Don't buy Toyota :)

      Enigma - 2011-09-23 08:23

      ...and VW because it's the easiest to steal and it's on demand in the black market, even insurance companies will give you hassles before covering a V doubs.

  • DarwinEvolution - 2011-09-22 22:06

    COME ON!!! Why is it all ways the f'ing locals who make the news for all the wrong reasons!!! MURDER, RAPE, ROBBERY, CORRUPTION, FRAUD, RACISM and the list goes on and goodness is this all you people are good at??? Can you not do any good?????

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-22 23:30

      Jirre Bru... you just FAILED THE DARWIN AWARD!!!

  • john smith - 2011-09-23 00:01

    all these cars are smuggeled by Indians and used in Nampula and Pemba in the north. Car companies like Juma and Moti is renowned for the blood vehicles. What is very sad is that the oil companies in Pemba such as Halliburton Eni Schlumberbach and many others now this theft support by renting these cars. the saddest thing is that these rich American and Italian companies has been informed, but they dont care. they keep on supporting the trade in stolen vehicles. the south african high commission has been informed and they dont care even. so what is there to do more i ask you. not one journalist will touch this. they all too bloody afraid. shame on all of you. you dripping of blood oil and curry.

  • Jason - 2011-09-23 16:15

    my friend was working on this operation

  • andrie.langa - 2012-08-08 19:53

    this is insuarence company's buisness.everyone knows about...

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