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'Chief' faces vehicle theft charges

By unknown | Jun 01, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

A self-appointed chief in Limpopo is facing charges of theft after he was allegedly found in possession of a stolen luxury Mercedes-Benz this week.

Mashile Marksman Phasha, self-proclaimed "chief" of the Baroka-ba-ga-Nkwana in Sekhukhune, was arrested at his home in GaNkwana village on Monday night.

He was granted R1000 bail in the Sekhukhune magistrates' court on Wednesday.

Police spokesman Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba confirmed that Phasha, 53, was found in possession of a Mercedes-Benz that was reportedly stolen in Randburg, Johannesburg, in March.

Ramatseba said Phasha was arrested after police were tipped off that he had been driving a stolen vehicle.

The "chief" is also being investigated for alleged theft of livestock and possession of illegal firearms.

"We are investigating other allegations against Phasha," Ramatseba said.

Phasha is not new to controversy.

He was arrested in 2005 after he was allegedly found in possession of unlicensed firearms and a wheelbarrow full of ammunition at the royal kraal in GaNkwana village. The outcome of this case is not known.

After the death of his brother, Nkwana Aubrey Phasha, in April 2002, Phasha appointed himself chief of the tribe without the approval of the royal council.


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