Category Archives: Law Enforcement

HAWKS

ABALONE FOUND INSIDE HIJACKED VEHICLE – MAN ARRESTED

EASTERN CAPE – The members of the Hawks’ Organised Crime Unit in Port Elizabeth, together with the Motherwell Crime Intelligence officers have arrested a 31-year-old for being possession of abalone at Kinkelbos on Wednesday. Hawks had received a tip-off about a vehicle which was transporting abalone along the N2 route. The vehicle was spotted and pulled over. Upon searching the officers found 6013 units of abalone valued at an estimated amount of R500 000. Investigations further revealed that the same vehicle was hijacked at Mount…

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ALLEGED DRUG DEALERS NABBED IN DURBAN

KWAZULU-NATAL -Hawks’ Organised Crime unit members in Durban have arrested two suspects for dealing in drugs at Overport and Bonela in Durban on Monday and Tuesday. Officers had received information about two suspects who were allegedly dealing in drugs in the area. An operation involving the members of the Metro Police was at Bondsvick Centre in Overport where Indresh Pather (45) was arrested for dealing in drugs. He was found in possession of 28 pieces of rock cocaine and twelve small packs of cocaine powder…

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NATJOINTS activated to secure SONA 2017

NATIONAL JOINT OPERATIONAL AND INTELLIGENCE STRUCTURE (NATJOINTS) activated to secure SONA 2017 Cape Town: 8 February 2017 – The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) assures the people of South Africa and community of Cape Town of the readiness of the security forces to secure the deliverance of the 2017 State of the Nation Address by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma, taking place in Cape Town on Thursday, 9 February 2017. The nation and community of Cape Town are urged to allow the NATJOINTS…

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PAIR NABBED FOR CONSIPIRACY TO COMMIT ARMED ROBBERY

NORTH WEST- The Hawks in North West have arrested Silas Msebi (37) and Mehluli Moyo (39) on Monday, 06 February 2017 for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of unlicensed firearm in Jourberton. The officers were acting on information about a vehicle which had two occupants who were allegedly intending to rob one of the local petrol stations. The vehicle was found in the area and during the search, the Hawks found a firearm with live rounds. The suspects were busted on the scene.…

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HOME AFFAIRS OFFICIAL IN THE DOCK FOR FAKE BIRTH REGISTRATION

KWAZULU-NATAL – The Hawks’ Commercial Crime Unit in Durban in conjunction with the Department of Home Affairs Counter Corruption officials have arrested a 35-year-old Department of Home Affairs employee in Kokstad on Tuesday, 7 February 2017. Officers had received information about a 19-year-old Lesotho woman who was mysteriously in possession of a South African identity document. An intensive investigation was conducted and it led the investigators to a house in Shayamoya, Kokstad. A search was conducted and 19 fully completed Late Birth Registration (LRB) application…

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THREE BUSTED FOR DEALING IN DRUGS

EASTERN CAPE – The Hawks in East London have on Friday, 3 February 2017 arrested three men suspected to be members of drug-dealing syndicate in the province. The suspects, a 26-year-old Laurence Benjamin, Zavian Plaatjies (30), and Elroy Van Schalkwyk (33) have appeared before the East London Magistrate’s Court on Monday and were released on R5000 bail each. The trio were arrested as a result of a multi-disciplinary operation involving the Hawks, Buffalo Flats police and the East London Crime Intelligence. During the arrest the…

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SAPS

ATTORNEY IN COURT FOR CORRUPTION

Free State – Pule Patrick Mile (33), has appeared before Welkom Magistrates Court on Monday, 6 February 2017 facing charges of corruption, defeating the administration of justice and aiding an escape. Mile, the defence attorney of nine illegal immigrants who were sentenced to 8 months imprisonment was arrested on Friday, 3 February 2017. He allegedly sped off, despite the attempts made by police officer to apprehend two of the nine illegal immigrants allegedly seen leaving Welkom Magistrates court on 27 January 2016 in his vehicle.…

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72 HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS RESCUED BY HAWKS

KWAZULU-NATAL – Hawks members in Newcastle have saved 72 foreigners who were allegedly trafficked from Swaziland and Lesotho to South Africa for labour exploitation in one of the factories in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. Members received information about foreign nationals who were kept in a certain factory in the area. A search warrant was swiftly obtained and Hawks members together with Department of Labour as well as Home Affairs officials swooped in the said premises on Friday, 3 February 2017. A search was conducted and the victims…

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POLICE CONSTABLE NABBED FOR CORRUPTION

Free State- A 34 year-old Constable working at Van Rooyen Port of Entry in Wepener was arrested along with his 40 year-old accomplice from Lesotho on Thursday, 2 February 2017. They are both facing charges of Corruption and Defeating the ends of justice. The Hawks swiftly acted on information about the duo that approached SARS official to negotiate an offer of a bribe for the release of the goods worth R134 000 that were confiscated by SARS due to none compliance. A waylay investigation was…

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SAPS

COURT UPDATE: THE INFAMOUS RHINO HORN PAIR DEPORTED

THE INFAMOUS RHINO HORN PAIR DEPORTED WYNBERG – Bingchang Liao (24), and Jiawei Yang (27), the infamous Chinese duo who were arrested recently when they forgot a backpack containing pieces of rhino horn, ivory and passports at a Houtbay restaurant, made a second appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, February 02, 2017.02.03 The matter had been rolled over on Wednesday and proceedings took a form of a plea bargain after the two tourists comprehended that the evidence against them was insurmountable. The duo…

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SAPS

22 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR ARMED ROBBERY, KIDNAPPING

NORTH WEST: John Oupa Zwane (44) has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after he was found guilty of armed robbery, kidnapping and illegal possession of a firearm by the Rustenburg Regional Court on 31 January 2017. On 11 August 2009, Zwane and two other suspects approached a security officer working for Protea Coin, pointed him with a firearm and dragged him to nearby bushes where they tied him with a cable and robbed him of his firearm. Investigation ensued and the three were…

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EXPLOSIVES MAN DENIED BAIL

MPUMALANGA : A 41-year-old Mozambican Fransisco Bowoza Fumo was denied bail by the Vosman Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 2 February 2017 after his arrest on Wednesday for attempting to sell explosives to a police officer at KG Mall Vosman. The suspect will appear again at the same court on Monday , 13 February 2017 for formal bail application. The suspect was found in possession of explosives and detonators estimated at the value of R85 000.00. Investigations to determine the origin of the explosives and a…

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SOL PLAATJE MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE GRANTED BAIL

NORTHERN CAPE- Theodor Robert Williams (48), a Technical Assistant working under the Control Building Structure Department at Sol Plaatje Municipality was granted a bail of R2500 by the Kimberley Magistrates Court when he appeared on Thursday, 2 February 2017. Wiliams was arrested by the Hawks on Wednesday for fraudulent activities that involved about ten (10) victims who allegedly approached the Sol Plaatje Municipality and made payments for both approval and drawing of new house plans or redraw plans for existing buildings. Different amounts were allegedly…

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RUN AWAY DRUG KINGPIN NABBED

GAUTENG – Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) has on Thursday afternoon arrested the alleged run away drug kingpin in Kempton Park who failed to hand himself in at the Hawks’ offices in Germiston as instructed by the authorities in December 2016 regarding a clandestine laboratory which was used to manufacture Crystal Meth in Pomona. Police raided the premises and seized drugs, chemicals and drug manufacturing equipment at an estimated value of R3 million. Two Taiwanese, Chi-Yu Fan (38), and Chi-Chin Fan (31), and…

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SAPS

MAN IN COURT FOR SELLING EXPLOSIVES TO COPS

MPUMALANGA : A 41-year-old Mozambican man will appear before the Vosman Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 2 February 2017 following his arrest on Wednesday for attempting to sell explosives to a police officer at KG Mall Vosman. The suspect was found in possession of explosives and detonators estimated at the value of R85 000.00. Investigations to determine the origin of the explosives and a possible link to other crimes in and around the area are underway.

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HAWKS

SOL PLAATJE MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR FRAUD AND CORRUPTION

NORTHERN CAPE- The Hawks have arrested a Technical Assistant working under the Control Building Structure Department at Sol Plaatje Municipality on Wednesday, 1 February 2017. The 48 year-old suspect was arrested in connection with fraudulent activities that emanated when several victims allegedly approached the Sol Plaatje Municipality and made payments for both approval and drawing of new house plans or redraw plans for existing building. Different amounts were allegedly paid to the person believed to be responsible for the processes but no services rendered in…

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SAPS

SEVEN SAPS EMPLOYEES ARRESTED FOR FRAUD AND CORRUPTION OUT ON BAIL

FREE STATE- The seven South African Police Service employees arrested by the Hawks for counts of fraud, corruption and theft have appeared at the Bloemfontein Commercial Court on Wednesday, 1 February 2017. Their cases were postponed to the 3 March 2017. Lieutenant Colonel LJ Dodo (48) working at Provincial Vispol, Lieutenant Colonel TJ Mokhethi (48) working at Public Order, Constable MP Motsoeneng(31) working at TRT Bainsvlei, Constable MI Madumisa (37) working at TRT Bainsvlei, Constable KI Sereco (37) working at TRT Bainsvlei and Mpho Godfrey…

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SIX MPUMALANGA MEN ARRESTED ON CHARGES RELATING TO RHINO POACHING

Pretoria : 31 January 2017 – This week during an intelligence-driven operation, a South African Police National Intervention Team arrested six Mpumalanga men in connection with a spate of rhino poaching cases in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. The intervention team assigned to combat rhino poaching in various parts of the country initially arrested one suspect outside the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve followed by the arrest of another five suspects at a bed and breakfast in Nongoma. The team also recovered a rifle, several rounds…

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SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED FOR FRAUD AND CORRUPTION

FREE STATE- The Hawks in Free State have concluded a major investigation with a successful takedown operation wherein six police officers were arrested for fraud, corruption and theft. One Lieutenant Colonel working at Provincial Vispol (48) , another Lieutenant Colonel (48) working at Public Order Police (POP), three constables whose ages ranged between 37 and 44, attached to Tactical Response Team (TRT) as well as a Finance Admin Clerk (31) attached to Provincial Finance Office. More arrest are expected as investigation continues. Hawks investigations ensued…

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FIVE SUSPECTS ON DOCK FOR STEALING R5 MILLION WORTH OF FUEL

GAUTENG – The Serious Commercial Crime unit of the Hawks has piloted an intelligence driven operation over the past weekend and arrested five suspects for fraud and theft of petroleum estimated to the value of R5 million. Sandile Sikhosana (46), a Franchisee at Engen Tembisa Convinient Centre and his daughter, Nompumelelo Sikhosana (27), who are executives at Langlaagte Engen Depot allegedly created false fuel order forms to sell on black market for personal gain. The truck drivers, Lucky Sikhosana (46), Jackson Motlhowa (51), and Zwelibanzi…

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HAWKS

ILLICIT CIGARETTES SMUGGLERS SENTENCED

LIMPOPO- Hawks welcomes the sentencing of two illicit cigarettes smugglers by Mawhelereng Regional Court. Collen Mkandla (43) a Zimbabwean national and Lovers Chauke (35) were stopped by the police who were patrolling in Tomburke area on 21 of January 2012. The police searched their Nissan Hardbody and found Illicit Remington Gold cigarettes to the value of R178 794.00 and arrested them. A thorough investigation was conducted and it culminated in a successful conviction of the duo. Both Mkandla and Chauke have appeared in the Mawhelereng…

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SAPS

BAIL ABSCONDER REMANDED IN CUSTODY

MPUMALANGA – The Carolina Magistrate Court has on Monday 30th January 2017 denied Lindi Nhlanhla Ntuli (28) bail when he appeared for fraud and absconding bail. Nhlanhla was out on bail for his fraud case when he failed to honour his subsequent court appearance. On 27 November 2014 Nhlanhla was found to be disturbing clients at a Standard Bank ATM in Carolina, Mpumalanga. He allegedly told people who were queuing to withdraw money that the ATM was not working but he could assist them get…

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FAKE UGANDAN DOCTORS DENIED BAIL

North West – James Lwanyaga (48) and his friend Paul Linton Ssengoba(47), both Ugandan nationals, were denied bail by the Bafokeng Magistrate’s Court on Friday following their arrest by the Hawks’ Commercial Crime Unit in Klerksdorp for contravening the Health Professions Act 54 of 1976. The Hawks, Local Criminal Records Centre and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) conducted an operation following the information that there were people who were illegally practicing as Medial Doctors. On three occasion Lwanyaga and Ssengoba sold medical…

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SEVEN IN THE DOCK FOR ILLEGAL FIREARMS, DRUGS AND EXPLOSIVES

North West – A disruptive operation involving members of the Hawks in North West, Priority Violent Crime, Crime Intelligence and Potchefstroom K9 unit resulted in the arrest of seven suspects for illegal possession of firearms, possession of drugs and for being in illegal possession of explosives on Friday. The officers acted on a tip off about a man who was suspected to be in possession of firearms. When the men of law pounced on a 23-year-old man, two (2) short guns, one (1) pistol and…

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SAPS

National Police Day and the National Excellence Awards

The Department of Police hosts National Police Day and the National Excellence Awards in the North West Province Pretoria, Monday 30 January 2017: The Department of Police hosted the Annual National Police Day event and the National Excellence Awards in the North West Province on Friday, 27 January 2017. The 27th of January was declared by Cabinet as National Police Day. This is a day to celebrate and honour members of the SAPS for their hard work, dedication in the fight against crime and commitment…

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