Sakhile Joseph Mabuza (22) and Mthokozisi Nduduzo Masuku (25) were arrested last Wednesday at Nhlazatshe Village near Badplaas after officers pounced on their rented apartment following a tip-off from community members.
According to Sgt Peace Mbokane, Elukwatini police spokesman, an informant called the police and gave them a hint about two males who were suspected of housebreakings in the area.
“The officers first arrested Masuku, who was found at Nhlazatshe Extension 6 where he was relaxing in his rented apartment. “When the officials began searching Masuku’s room, different items were discovered stashed in various furniture. There were appliances, electronics and hardware all over the shambles,” said Mbokane.
He said as the officers were leading him out, Masuku attempted to escape.
“He was eventually overpowered, but not before he ripped some of the officials’ clothing. The police also found out that Masuku is a Swazi national with two smart card Swaziland-issued ID’s with the same names but different ID numbers. There was a high possibility that some of the items had already crossed the border when the police arrested him,” continued Mbokane.
He said after the officers arrested Masuku, Mabuza’s rented apartment also caught their attention.
“He (Mabuza), likewise couldn’t find a chance to conceal the loot, which was discovered at his place. The plunder found at both the suspects’ places could be linked to various clothing and hardware shops in the area. Most still had the retailers’ names and price tags on.
Some of the lawful owners were summoned to the station, where they identified and were given back their property,” added Mbokane.
Mbokane said they were optimistic that community members will sleep peacefully, as the suspects’ arrest has removed all doubts that they are the ones who had been giving the community trouble.
Police suspect that these items were taken from housebreakings within the Badplaas precinct.
They are appealing to residents, whose houses were broken into and who could possibly identify their belongings, to contact the station on 017-883-0050.