The Public Order Police Unit have arrested three suspects found with suspected stolen diesel at Intabazwe near Harrismith through intelligence-driven operation.

On 03 November 2023 at approximately 04:00, the Harrismith Public Order Police Unit were on duty for their daily crime prevention routine. At about 06:00 they received information with regard stolen diesel kept at certain place at Intabazwe, Matlharantlheng section near the airfield.

The team immediately followed up information which led to arrest of three suspects aged 28, 33 and 44 who were found in possession of suspected stolen diesel. A total of 14 containers (25 litres) of diesel and a black bakkie were seized.

The trio is expected to appear before the Harrismith Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 06 November 2023, facing charges of possession of suspected stolen property.


As police, we urge truck drivers to be aware of people stealing fuel from their parked trucks. According to reports, it is also alleged that some of the truck drivers stop along the roads, selling fuel to thieves. Theft of fuel is serious and such criminals will be dealt with accordingly.