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Repairman arrested for allegedly stealing while impersonating police

A man who was arrested at the Jeppes Reef border gate in Mpumalanga last month donning full police uniform and allegedly robbing people has made his first court appearance.

The suspect was nabbed on 5 March when the South African Police Service (Saps) in Mpumalanga received information about a suspicious civilian man wearing a police uniform.

The tip further alleged that the 34-year-old was robbing people by the border near Tonga, demanding items from victims under the pretence of being a police sergeant.

“These suspicions activities were then reported to the police by a concern citizen and they (police) made a follow-up to the allegations,” said provincial police commissioner General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela.

Nkosingiphile Siyalu Mancoba is facing charges of impersonating the police, as well as for theft. After appearing in the Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, he was remanded in custody until 12 April for a formal bail application.

According to the police statement, during the arrest, Mancoba was found wearing police uniform with a female shirt, male trousers without a belt, a cap as well as ranks of a sergeant and brown shoes.

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