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A Mpumalanga man appeared briefly in court yesterday charged with stealing a pair of takkies and a hi-fi music system from his brother's home.
S'thembiso Ngwamba, 20, was not asked to plead when he appeared in the Tonga magistrate's court.
He was remanded in custody pending his next court appearance later this month and for further police investigations.
Mbuzini police spokesman Inspector Solomon Sambo said the alleged theft took place in October but was only detected towards the end of November by the suspect's brother, Elvis Ngwamba.
"Elvis, the owner of the stolen items, was not home for a while.
When he returned, he discovered that his pair of takkies and a hi-fi set were missing from his house, so he reported the matter to us," Sambo said yesterday.
He said police investigations revealed that the suspect had sold the hi-fi system to a local woman for R500, even though its owner had bought it for R1500.
The woman has since turned state witness.
It is not clear to whom the takkies were sold, but police believe they would be able to recover them soon.
Sambo also warned people to stop buying items from individuals, especially when the individual could not produce receipts showing where they had bought the goods from.
"We can arrest anyone and charge them with being an accomplice to theft just by being in possession of stolen goods.
"So, my advice to everyone is that they should purchase goods from the shops and not from thieves," said Sambo.