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'Chief' faces more theft charges

By unknown | Jun 29, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A self-appointed chief in Limpopo, Mashile Marksman Phasha, is expected to appear in the Randburg magistrates' court in Johannesburg today after he had been found in possession of a stolen car.

Phasha, 53, was arrested on May 28 at his home in GaNkwana village, Sekhukhune, for driving a Mercedes Benz that had allegedly been stolen in Randburg in March.

According to police, the car's original registration number plates had been changed at the time the car was found.

Phasha, who is out on R1000 bail, also faces another charge of stock theft after a herd of sheep was found at the royal kraal in GaNkwana.

Phasha was granted bail of R500 in the stock theft case while police continue their investigations and he is expected to appear in court again on this charge on July 10.

Phasha, who has also been found in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, appointed himself chief after the death of his brother, Aubrey Nkwana Phasha, in 2002.

His assumption of leadership has created divisions within the tribe. - Frank Maponya


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