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    Toyota Quantum Stolen in 2013 Retrieved: A Tale of Persistent Tracking

    BySam Figg

    Nov 20, 2023
    Toyota Quantum Stolen in 2013 Retrieved: A Tale of Persistent Tracking

    In a remarkable turn of events, law enforcement in Mpumalanga, South Africa, have successfully recovered a Toyota Quantum that was reported stolen in Isipingo, KwaZulu Natal, back in January 2013. This impressive recovery occurred during a search for a separate Toyota Quantum that had been hijacked in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.

    During the search for the stolen Bushbuckridge vehicle, the police came across a Toyota Quantum with different registration plates. Upon further investigation, they soon realized that this was the very same vehicle that had been stolen from Isipingo in 2013. Inside the recovered vehicle, police also discovered balaclavas and gloves—an alarming discovery that raises questions about the intended use of the stolen vehicle.

    The police spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, revealed that the recovered Toyota Quantum had false registration plates belonging to a Mahindra Pik Up. This discovery further emphasized the fact that this vehicle had been stolen from its rightful owner in Isipingo.

    As a result of this successful recovery, five individuals—Irvin Nyalungu (34), Mpho Kolela (31), Kagiso Mkhondo (29), Letlabo Mpoke (28), and Amukelani Rigane (25)—were arrested for possession of the stolen vehicle. These suspects have since appeared before the Mkhuhlu Magistrate’s Court and are currently in custody pending a bail application.

    A fascinating twist in this story occurred when the tracking signal of the hijacked vehicle in Bushbuckridge led the police to another discovery. Not far from where the first vehicle was recovered, the second Toyota Quantum was found. Astonishingly, this vehicle was equipped with a network jamming device. When confronted by the police, the unknown number of suspects opened fire, prompting the police to defend themselves and leading the suspects to abandon the hijacked vehicle and flee the scene.

    Both recovered vehicles have been seized by the police for further investigation, and it is hoped that these findings will shed light on the larger network involved in such vehicle thefts. The Provincial police commissioner in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, lauded the partnership between tracking companies and the South African Police Service (SAPS). This collaborative effort has proven effective in recovering stolen vehicles and combating criminal activities.


    Q: What is a Toyota Quantum?
    A: The Toyota Quantum is a popular multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) produced by the Japanese automaker, Toyota.

    Q: What is vehicle hijacking?
    A: Vehicle hijacking refers to the act of forcefully taking possession of a vehicle by threatening or using violence against the driver or occupants.

    Q: What is a network jamming device?
    A: A network jamming device, also known as a signal jammer, is a device that can disrupt or block communication signals, such as GPS or mobile phone signals, rendering them ineffective.

    Source: [South African Police Service](https://www.saps.gov.za/)+