Taxi business being run with stolen vehicles
A Coffee Bay taxi boss has found himself in hot water after police recovered nine stolen vehicles which he had been reportedly using in his taxi business.
The man was arrested on Tuesday and was released on R2,000 bail by the Kwaaiman Periodical Court on Thursday.
He is due to appear in court again on December 7 to answer to charges relating to vehicle theft and hijacking.
It is still not clear whether the 51-year-old man is alleged to have stolen the vehicles himself.
Police said investigations are continuing.
Mqanduli police spokesman major Zamukulungisa Jozana said police had been doing normal patrols when they stopped at May Sono’s house after noticing a large number of vehicles, mostly bakkies, in his Ezidindi village yard in Coffee Bay.
“We recovered nine vehicles but only five have been positively identified and linked to cases opened by the police so far. The other four have been tampered with to the extent that it is hard to identify them,” said Jozana.
He said the police’s vehicle identification unit was still busy trying to verify the owners of the other four cars.
“Of the five cars, one was stolen in Port Elizabeth, one in Uitenhage, another in Pinelands in Cape Town and the last one was stolen in Mthatha. The fifth vehicle, we have confirmed it was hijacked, also in Mthatha,” said Jozana.
“The vehicles are mostly bakkies, except for one Golf. We also recovered a trailer with the cars which was also stolen in Mthatha,” he said.
Jozana said the cars included a Toyota Hilux, a Nissan, two Ford Couriers and a Nissan van which was in a process of being spray-painted.