Police recover R15m worth catalytic converters stolen in Gqeberha

Police have recovered R15 million worth of catalytic converters that were stolen in Gqeberha when a truck carrying them was hijacked. A total of 10 pallets and 4 bags of catalytic converters were recovered and they were positively identified by the owner.

A catalytic converter is a car part that reduces the toxic gases and pollutants in exhaust fumes, which is lined with precious metals such as rhodium, palladium and platinum that are all more valuable than gold.


Gqeberha police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu said on Friday, 09 July 2021 investigators from the Provincial Organised Crime Investigation (OCI) followed up on information received about the possible storage of the stolen converters. Police then recovered the catalytic converters worth R15 million in Greenbushes.

Catalytic converters recovered in Gqeberha

“It is alleged that on Wednesday, 07 July 2021 at about 11:30, a truck transporting these catalytic converters departed from their premises in Deal Party and when they were in Forrest Hill near the cemetery, they were pulled over by a Quantum bakkie. A passenger from the bakkie approached the driver and his passenger and pointed them with a firearm. The driver was forced to drive to Harrower Road where he was shoved to the back seat of the truck. The suspect then drove the truck to an unknown location where the converters were off loaded.

“The driver and his passenger were dropped off in Booysens Park and the truck was found abandoned in bushes in Nooigedacht.  The total value of the converters is R15 million.”

Naidu said with the support from the Anti-Gang Unit, a business premises in Bloem Laan in Waterkloof in Greenbushes was penetrated. A total of 10 pallets and 4 bags of catalytic converters were recovered and were positively identified by the owner.

“It is suspected that all the stolen converters were recovered however a full audit is still to be conducted by the company. Police are following up on further information relating to the suspects and arrests are imminent,” Naidu said.

READ: Motorists beware: Catalytic converter theft has hit Cape Town


Presh JM Reporter

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