Phoenix SAPS Trio Crime Detectives arrested and charged a 54-year-old Mzondi Mgwira for perjury after he made a false statement under oath. The suspect opened a false carjacking case in Phoenix SAPS on 20 February 2014 at approximately 15:00. In his statement, he claimed that whilst driving his truck along Phoenix Highway near Industrial Park, he noticed a vehicle that was stationary on the road with the bonnet opened as it had a mechanical problem. He stopped the truck; suddenly three unknown males attacked him at gunpoint. He was pushed to the back of the truck while the suspects drove and left him in Etafuleni Cemetery in Inanda. The suspects assaulted, robbed him of his cellphone and cash before driving off with the truck. A truck jacking case was opened and investigated by Phoenix Trio Crime Unit.
Upon investigation the truck was recovered in Ndwedwe area on the same day. On further investigations with the tracker records established that the truck was never in Phoenix on the said date. Upon questioning him, he alleged that he was hijacked in Ntuzuma area. It was also noted that the 54-year-old did not know that truck was fitted with a tracker. He was then charged for making a false statement under oath claiming he was hijacked in Phoenix when he was never in Phoenix area. The suspect appeared in the Verulam Magistrates’ Court yesterday, 11 March 2014.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni warned the members of the public that making a false statement to the police is an offence. “This should serve as a warning to everybody that no stones will be left unturned, when a case is investigated, the perpetrator will be arrested,” said Ngobeni.