Trio arrested for alleged links to 36 cases of car theft

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  • Three men were arrested in Soweto and Langlaagte for their alleged involvement in 36 car theft cases.
  • They appeared in two separate courts in North West on Christmas Eve, and their cases were postponed to 2022.
  • Four more people were arrested on Friday for their alleged links to the car theft syndicate.

Three people were arrested in Soweto and Langlaagte in Johannesburg for their alleged involvement in 36 cases of motor vehicle theft, 17 counts of using fraudulent documents, and two counts of possession of suspected stolen property.

Daniel Magata, 37, Thobile Silindane, 34, and Kgaugelo Kubeka, 26, were arrested on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Captain Sam Tselanyane said the men allegedly committed the crimes in Gauteng and North West between June 2017 and June 2021.

Magata and Silindane appeared in the Atamelang Magistrate's Court in North West on Friday, and their case was postponed to 6 January 2022. Kubeka was released on R500 bail after appearing in the Lichtenburg Magistrate's Court also in North West. He will be back in court on 31 January.

"Upon further investigation, on Friday, 24 December 2021, four more suspects, aged 31 to 47, were arrested in Mmabatho, Setlagole and Madibogo after being linked to the syndicate. They are expected to appear before the Setlagole Periodical Court on Tuesday, 28 December 2021," said Tselanyane.

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Meanwhile, Tselanyane said 207 people had been arrested in North West since Thursday in various multi-disciplinary Safer Festive Season operations.

Tselanyane said 86 people were arrested for alcohol-related offences, such as public drinking and the illegal sale of alcohol.

"In addition, six others were apprehended for possession of dangerous weapons as well as possession of suspected stolen property. A total of 28 motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol while 234 fines were issued for road traffic-related offences," he said.

Those arrested are due to appear in various courts in the province on Tuesday.

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