Alleged vehicle smuggling kingpin appears at Modjadjiskloof periodical court

CRIME

By Staff Reporter

MODJADJISLOOF– Vincente Sebastiao “Deco” Khoza (33) appeared before the Modjadjiskloof Periodical Court on Tuesday, 23 January 2024 following his arrest by the Musina based Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation members for possession of suspected stolen vehicle.

Members of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in Limpopo Province have been investigating the smuggling of suspected stolen vehicles from South Africa into the neighbouring countries through the Beitbridge Port of Entry.

During September 2023, Modjadjiskloof police were conducting a stop and search operation when they saw a suspicious vehicle (Toyota GD6 bakkie) and tried to stop it. The driver of the vehicle reportedly sped off and as a result, a high-speed pursuit ensued until he (the driver) abandoned the vehicle on the R81 road near Mooketsi.

As the investigation continued, it was established that the vehicle was stolen in Brooklyn, Gauteng Province in 2023. Through the Hawk’s meticulous investigation, the accused was linked to the crime and he is believed to be part of the syndicate(s) responsible for smuggling stolen vehicles into the country.  After a warrant of arrest was authorised against the accused, he was arrested at Soshanguve Magistrate’s Court where he was appearing for being in possession of a vehicle jamming device.

It is believed that the recovered stolen vehicle (Toyota GD6 bakkie) was meant to be smuggled to Zimbabwe through the Beitbridge Port of Entry. The case against Khoza was rolled over to today, Wednesday, 24 January 2024 for further investigation.

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