Police in Nelspruit has arrested three suspects that were found to be using COVID-19 insignia on their vehicle as a disguise while they carry out criminal activity.
The vehicles used by the suspects was a VW Polo Sedan and a Toyota Hilux Bakkie.
Police tracked the vehicles down and immediately instructed them to pull over. It has been reported that while being questioned they continued to impersonate COVID-19 officials.
The suspects claimed to be on a COVID-19 deployment in the area.
Fake permits were discovered inside the vehicle.
It’s been reported that the suspects were attempting to use the permits to cross the border with the intent to collect “dagga” from a neighbouring country.
All three suspects were arrested and charged with the Contravention of the Disaster Management Regulations due to moving between provinces.
“The management of the SAPS has welcomed the arrest of the three and have sent a stern warning to those who think they will take chances during this Lockdown period that law enforcement agencies will deal decisively with them. Meanwhile the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has indicated that the trick by the suspects of using COVID-19 insignia on their vehicles to covert criminal activities, did not come to pass as the astuteness of the police was magnificent.” said Brig Leonard Hlathi