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News24.com | Driver gets off lightly after being caught with stolen truck

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Mbombela - A Gauteng truck driver who was caught drivinga stolen John Deere truck worth R1.7m was given a light sentence after beggingfor mercy in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Wednesday.

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Masoka, 32, was sentenced to five years' jail,suspended for five years, on condition that he not be convicted of a similaroffence.

He was arrested in Mbombela on October 15 last year afterhe was found transporting goods using the stolen truck.

He pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of a stolenvehicle. He told the court a man called John hired him as a part-time driver inJohannesburg.

“The man, after I passed all the driving tests, calledme. He said one of his drivers was sick and gave me the truck keys to transportsome goods to Nelspruit [Mbombela]. On arrival I was arrested by police,” Masokahad testified.

He gave police all information about his employer, but hewas nowhere to be found. He was promised R150 per hour for a 10-hour drive, butwas never paid.

"I do not have money as I am no longer employed. Ibeg for forgiveness from the court and promise that next time I will be extracareful and will not be on the wrong side of the law,” he said.

Magistrate Shelly Msibi said the court was satisfied thathe pleaded guilty and showed remorse.

“You are found guilty as charged. Such cases areprevalent in the region. In many cases drivers get caught while trying tosmuggle goods through the border posts into neighbouring countries,” she said.

Most of the time only the drivers, and not the truckthieves, were caught, she said.

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