This case sets a precedent warning to the auto-building industry. Stolen and Hijacked motor vehicles are quickly chopped, and disposedoff into the spare parts market. There will always be the temptation to buy cheap goods and re-sell them at high profit. This is a warning to spare parts dealers to ensure high levels of ethics and governance in their businesses.
There were many stakeholders who contributed to the initial investigation including Kevin Pieterson of Veridot.
The Specialist Section, Durban Cluster announces the conviction of Wind Motors and South x South 29 (PTY) Ltd. Wind Motors is a well-known business in the Durban area, run by brothers Sanj and Sagren Gounden. Its primary business is dealing in second-hand motor vehicle parts, building and modifying vehicles for the purposes of sale. South x South 29 (PTY) Ltd is an export company with husband and wife – Sanj Gounden and Kershnee Gounden as the Directors.
In December 2018 a container was packed at Wind Motors, Parlock, and transported to the Durban Harbour for shipment to Mauritius. Police received information that the container contained illicit goods. The container was stopped. The search yielded that the multiple motor vehicle parts were linked to theft, robbery and fraud cases from the Durban area. Sanj Gounden, representing South x South, accepted responsibility for these goods – and pleaded guilty to Receiving Stolen Property (Count1). During the course of ensuing investigation, it was discovered thatSouth x South also received into its possession a red Hyundai Accent from a business associate – which was discovered to have been stolen the year before. This 2nd count was also pleaded to (s37)
The Accused was sentenced to a fine of R280 000-00 half suspended on the s37 charges and R10 000-00 for Failing to Register as a MVBuilder.