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Here are the names of the five alleged truck arsonists

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Police authorities in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, have expressed confidence that they apprehended the correct suspects involved in the recent wave of truck attacks, which resulted in the torching of at least 21 trucks across various provinces last week.

The five men identified as Khulekani Shongwe, Emmanuel Mthethwa, Fundile Mpondo, Mafika Sibande, and Nkosikhona Gumede are listed as the suspects according to court records.

Vusi Shongwe, the Mpumalanga Community Safety MEC, revealed that all the suspects were previously employed as truck drivers, with three of them originating from KwaZulu-Natal.

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Previously, Police Minister Bheki Cele had stated that the masterminds behind the recent truck attacks were based in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

The five men appeared briefly at the Ermelo Magistrates Court on Monday, facing multiple charges including aggravated robbery, malicious damage to property, conspiracy to commit a crime, illegal possession of a firearm, and attempted murder.

Law enforcement officials believe that they are nearing the identification of the key figures responsible for orchestrating the coordinated truck attacks, which saw the destruction of 21 trucks in five separate incidents within a week.

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Although the arrests occurred in Mpumalanga, the charge sheet indicates that Sbusiso Mthethwa, Fundile Mpondo, and Nkosingiphile Gumede reside in KwaZulu-Natal.

Expressing his surprise at the attacks, Vusi Shongwe, the Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, stated that he had maintained a positive relationship with the local transport industry.

He further mentioned that he had held discussions with certain individuals, addressing undisclosed matters.

Additionally, these individuals have raised concerns that they believe might aid the ongoing police investigation.

The five suspects are scheduled to appear at the Ermelo Magistrates Court on 27 July for a formal bail application.

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