South Coast car thief gets what’s coming to him

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The Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit in Marburg has yet another successful conviction under the belt. Habitual car thief, S M Mavundla (27) was sentenced in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 29 October 2020.

On 16 June 2019, he pretended to be interested in the vehicle which the owner used to deliver sheep and goats and drove off with the vehicle.

In another case, not long after that on 20 July 2019, he hired the complainant to transport goods from Marburg to Ezinqoleni. When he got to Mkholombe, he pretended to need his house keys, and when the vehicle was unattended, he drove off with it.

Mavundla was arrested in Port Shepstone on 28 August 2019 and appeared in court several times until his conviction. He was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment on count 1 and a further 15 years’ imprisonment on count 2. The sentences will not run concurrently.

Prosecuting the case was State prosecutor Ruben Judnarain and Regional Court Magistrate Motlatsi Moleele sentenced the accused.

These harsh sentences for vehicle theft are indicative of the serious nature of the offense and should serve as a deterrent to would-be car thieves. The investigating officer in the matter was Sergeant Walter Mhlongo.

When sentencing the accused, the magistrate stated that in both incidences, the accused used the same modus operandi to lure the victims.

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