Byline: Refeloe Letsoisa

28 November 2023

The truck driver who allegedly faked his hijacking and kidnapping in Breyten last month, in October 2023 appeared in Ermelo Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 27 November 2023. 

The suspect, Nkosana Glen Mathebula (37) was remanded in custody following further investigation. 

Mathebula allegedly opened a case of hijacking and further alleged that his hijackers forced him to go to the company depot to refill his hijacked truck. 

An investigation was launched, and it transpired that the hijacking was fake. 

Mathebula was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning, 24 November 2023, for perjury, trespassing, theft of diesel and defeating the ends of justice. 

Mathebula made his first appearance on Monday, 27 November 2023 before Ermelo Magistrate’s Court where he was remanded in custody and his case postponed to Friday, 01 December 2023 for further investigation. 

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela applauded the team of investigators who cracked the case.

“Community members are urged not to report false cases, as police will redirect resources of the state to the wrong place instead of assisting those who are really in need of services,” warned the General.