Cape Town – A 34-year-old Eswatini man, who allegedly stole a police uniform and went on to rob travellers at a Mpumalanga border post, has reportedly been arrested.
Reports said that he faced charges of impersonating a police officer and theft.
According to News24, Nkosingiphile Siyalu Mancoba was arrested near Tonga at the Jeppes Reef border gate.
At the time, he was dressed in the stolen police uniform posing as a sergeant at the border, where he allegedly robbed his victims, the report said.
He allegedly demanded items from his victims at the border while pretending to be a police sergeant
He wore a woman’s police shirt and man’s trousers without the police belt or cap.
A Times Live report said that when he was being booked on charges at the police station, a woman police officer identified him as the person she had hired to install ceilings at her house between February and March.
“Through the investigation, it was discovered that during the period he was hired by the member he allegedly stole her police uniform [shirts]. The investigation is continuing in an effort to find out where he got the other items of the uniform,” the report quoted police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala as saying.