Foreign national

Foreign national arrested for string of theft incidents at Wits. Photo: JMPD/ Facebook

Foreign national arrested for theft incidents at Wits University

An undocumented foreign national committing crime at Wits University was finally arrested in Braamfontein by JMPD.

Foreign national

Foreign national arrested for string of theft incidents at Wits. Photo: JMPD/ Facebook

A 57-year-old foreign national was arrested by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) Operations officers together with the Witwatersrand University Reaction Unit for contravention of the immigration act, possession of the suspected stolen property, and driving without a driving license in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.


On Thursday, 20 April 2023, officers were called for backup by the Witwatersrand University Reaction Unit who had intercepted a black Volkswagen Polo at De Korte and Station Street in Braamfontein.

“The vehicle was allegedly involved in theft incidents inside the Wits University campus and was sought as per the Hillbrow SAPS case.”

JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla


On arrival at the scene, Fihla said the officers discovered that the driver, a Ugandan national had no driving license and passport.

“The officers searched the vehicle and found suspected stolen property, a sound system covered with jackets in the boot that the driver could not account for,” he explained.

He added that the officers then went to the Wits University CCTV office to check the footage and to determine which days the vehicle was on the premises. The Wits University CCTV camera manager forwarded photos of the suspect and the dates he committed theft on the premises.

The foreign national was arrested and detained at Hillbrow SAPS. “The vehicle used in the commission of the crime was seized and booked at the SAPS Aeroton pound,” said Fihla.

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Meanwhile, a 38-year-old male was arrested by the JMPD K9 Unit in possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a hijacked motor vehicle in Power Park, Soweto.
On Friday, 21 April 2023, whilst attending an operation at Motsoaledi Informal Settlement, officers received a lookout for a stolen Kia K2700 pick-up which was said to be passing Power Park.

The officers immediately responded and the vehicle was spotted being escorted by a grey Ford Figo. There was one male driver in the stolen vehicle and there were two males in the escort vehicle.

The officers activated the blue lights to stop the two vehicles. The males in the Ford Figo alighted and fled on foot abandoning the vehicle. The officers followed the stolen vehicle and managed to stop it and apprehend the driver.

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