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'Chief' slips into Joburg to help cops

By unknown | Jun 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

Limpopo's controversial "chief" Mashile Marksman Phasha has come out of hiding.

The elusive "chief" handed himself over to the police following his disappearing act.

Phasha, 53, the self-appointed chief of the Baroka-ba-ga-Nkwana community in Sekhukhune, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.

He allegedly sped off in his cousin's car recently after realising that Johannesburg police based in Randburg were looking for him in connection with car theft.

This was after he was apparently arrested at the royal kraal in GaNkwana village last week where he was allegedly found in possession of a stolen Mercedes Benz.

Inspector Hein van Heerden of the Randburg police, confirmed yesterday that Phasha had handed himself over at the station on Wednesday afternoon.

"We questioned him about the theft of a car and later released him," said Van Heerden.

He said they were satisfied with Phasha's explanation relating to the events that took place leading up to the theft.

"Based on the information he has given us we will investigate the case. We are happy Phasha cooperated with us," he said.

Limpopo police spokesman Senior Superintendent Motlafela Mojapelo said they were still investigating how Phasha came to be in possession of a stolen car.

Phasha is out on R1000 bail and is expected to appear in the Sekhukhune magistrates' court on June 29.


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