Mphendulo Absina Hassane (33), who was published and circulated as wanted for Cash-in-Transit robbery, was arrested on Saturday, 11 November 2023.
The suspect was arrested during a multidisciplinary disruptive operation comprising of Mpumalanga DPCI, National Intervention Unit, and Nelspruit Crime intelligence.
The arrest followed after the suspect was linked through fingerprints to the Malelane cash in transit case, which took place on 11 August 2023 at R570 Malelane road to Schoemansdal.
During the robbery, two getaway vehicles were used and later recovered at a safe house in Buffelspruit.
Local Criminal Record Center Nelspruit attended the scene and retrieved fingerprints on the Ford Ranger, which was later linked to Mpendulo Hassane.
A warrant of arrest was authorized and was sought for months without success. The suspect was circulated on media platforms on several occasions.
On Saturday, 11 November 2023, at about 07:00, information was received by the team of his whereabouts in Kanyamazane.
The dedicated team traced him from his hiding place, and the warrant of arrest was excecuted. This brings the number of accused persons on Malelane CIT case to nine.
The suspect appeared before the Malelane Magistrate Court on Monday, 13 November 2023, and he was remanded in custody. The case was postponed to Wednesday, 22 November 2023, for bail application. Investigation is continuing.
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