LEPHALALE — Sergeant Phuti Mosupje (37), also known as Oria, from Lephalale SAPS K9 unit and co-offender Matthews Mamupu (34), appeared in Phalala Magistrate’s Court on Monday 5 October. They were arrested for car hijacking around 10:15 on the R572 road on Saturday 3 November.
The court ruled that they would remain in custody and the case was postponed to Friday 9 November for a formal bail application.
According to Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, Limpopo SAPS Spokesperson, Mosupje and Mamupu were travelling in a Citi Golf when they allegedly forced a white Toyota Corolla with three occupants to stop along the R572 road.
According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS Cluster spokesperson, Sergeant Mosupje forced the occupants out of the Corolla by showing his sergeant’s appointment certificate and pointing a hand gun. They robbed the victims of their cell phones and cash where after they fled the scene with both vehicles.
Masupje and Mamupu were later arrested after they handed themselves over at Witpoort Police Station. Both vehicles were confiscated.
The vehicles were searched and Police found lion claws, teeth as well as an undisclosed amount of cash (Pula and ZAR).
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Limpopo, Lt Genl Nneke Ledwaba, commended Police members for the arrest. He warns the community, including Police members, that the law will be applied regardless of who is involved or what the situation is. “There will be no compromise,” he said.
The suspects are also facing a charge of defeating the ends of justice and according to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Police investigations regarding the origin and destination of the lion teeth and claws are in progress.