Ancient Toyota recovered after being stolen for 14 years  

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A vehicle stolen in the Eastern Cape 14 years ago was recovered in Mpumalanga at the Nerston border post on Saturday.

A 31-year-old South African man was arrested and is expected to appear in the Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 26 February for possession of a suspected stolen vehicle.

The suspect was arrested by the joint task team members of Nerston and Mahamba border police.

According to Mpumalanga Police spokesperson Captain Magonseni Nkosi: “When the task team members were doing vehicle verification on the white Toyota Corolla, it transpired that the vehicle identification number (VIN) on the licence disk did not correspond with the VIN on the body of the vehicle.”

“Further investigation was conducted, and the outcome indicated that the vehicle was reported stolen in Komani (Queenstown) in the Eastern Cape in December 2010,” Nkosi said. Police cannot rule out the possibility of adding another charge of theft of a motor vehicle, pending investigation.

The provincial commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, praised the task team members for the exceptional recovery more than a decade after the vehicle was reported stolen.

Pictured Above: The Toyota Corolla that was stolen 14 years ago in Komani in the Eastern Cape.

Image source: SAPS/X


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