Category «Crime»

HAWKS RESCUE 15 HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS

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POLOKWANE: The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation has rescued 15 Ethiopians from a certain house in Polokwane, last night. The men between the ages of 16 and 30 were allegedly held captive at the house. The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Unit received information about people who were allegedly held captive at a certain house in …

MAN TO SERVE 25 YEARS FOR MURDER AND ROBBERY

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PORT ELIZABETH – Mongezi Kenneth Tafu (37), was sentenced to 25 years direct imprisonment by the Port Elizabeth High court on Wednesday for murder of a security guard, Lamlile Dondashe (45), in February 2016. On 2 February 2016 at approximately, Tafu and two unknown suspects wearing balaclavas, stormed into a well-known chain store liquor outlet, …

CHRISTOPHER PANAYIOTOU FOUND GUILTY FOR WIFE’S MURDER

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PORT ELIZABETH – The Eastern Cape Acting Provincial Head for the Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), Major-General Zintle Mnonopi has commended the investigating team, the NPA and the SAPS which led to the conviction of Christopher Panayiotou (31), Sinethemba Nenembe (29) and Zolani Sibeko (36) by the Port Elizabeth High Court on Thursday. “I …

PAIR NABBED FOR POSSESSION OF ABALONE WORTH R5-MILLION

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CAPE TOWN – A joint intelligence driven operation on Tuesday by members of the Hawks’ Marine group, Department of Agriculture Forest and Fisheries (DAFF) and Dog unit resulted in the arrest of two suspects aged 39 and 42 for running an illegal abalone processing facility. The team followed up on information about a suspicious vehicle …

BROTHERS TO APPEAR IN COURT FOR ALLEGED HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND RAPE CHARGES

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CAPE TOWN – A-26-year-old suspect has been arrested on Wednesday afternoon, following the initial arrest of his brother, Edward Tambe Ayuk (37), on 13-September-2017 for alleged rape and human trafficking charges. The pair reportedly ran a prostitution ring, and they would recruit vulnerable females to work as sex-workers at their house in Grobbelaar Street, Brooklyn …

Plaasmoorde en -aanvalle neem skerp toe

Moord op vroue in Suid-Afrika bereik ongekende hoogtes

Volgens die polisie se misdaadstatistiek het plaasmoorde en –aanvalle in die 2016/2017 boekjaar skerp toegeneem. Plaasmoorde het met 27,5% en plaasaanvalle met 22,9% toegeneem. In die verslagjaar was daar 74 plaasmoorde (58 in 2015/16) en 638 plaasaanvalle (519 in 2015/16). Nadat die polisie aanvanklik geweier het om misdaadstatistiek oor plaasmoorde en –aanvalle beskikbaar te stel, …

ANOTHER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN OR TAMBO CRIME

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During this past weekend the team set up to deal with crimes in and around the OR Tambo International Airport arrested another suspect, bringing the total number of suspects facing prosecution with regards to people allegedly being followed from the airport and robbed to five (5). On 13 October 2017 the team initially arrested seven …

Crime statistics for 2016 – 2017 released

Crime statistics for 2016/2017 released Cape Town, Tuesday 24 October 2017: Today the Department of Police, led by the Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula, released the annual national crime statistics for the 2016/2017 financial year. These statistics reflect on the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 and were released during a presentation …

HEFTY SENTENCE IMPOSED ON DAGGA DEALERS

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NORTHERN CAPE – The Hawks intelligence driven investigation project, that started in 2004 yielded desired result in ensuring that dagga dealers detained in Prieska and their illegal business enterprise operations were completely halted. Dawid Morris, (60), William Thyaliti,(49), Pieter George, (48) and James Boostaander, (37) were on Monday, 23 October 2017, sentenced for various charges …

CASH IN TRANSIT SUSPECT NABBED, CANNABIS LAB CLOSED

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CAPE TOWN – The Hawks’ National Bureau for illegal Firearms Control and Priority Violent Crime Unit (NBIFCPVC), followed-up on leads and arrested Thulani Mili (29), on Saturday, October, 14th following an alleged cash in transit heist at a Total Garage in Lentegeur last week Friday. At around 12:00 a G4S cash truck arrived at the …

EX-DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM ARRESTED

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EX-DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM NABBED FOR CORRUPTION, FUGITIVE NABBED AT CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CTIA) CAPE TOWN – A 45-year-old former Deputy Director in the department of Economic Development and Tourism and his associate, also aged 45, have been arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Unit of the Hawks on Monday, …

OR Tambo follow-home suspects nabbed by SA Police

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Last night police members based at the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) and the Johannesburg East Cluster made a significant breakthrough in what has been dubbed the “airport-following” robberies, committed in and around the Johannesburg area. The team, acting on information, monitored a security vehicle and discovered that this vehicle, which is contracted to work …

LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR COP KILLERS

LIMPOPO- The Polokwane High Court has on Monday sentenced Thomas Nunu Makanye (33), and Simon Setwanye Monakedi (37), to life imprisonment for killing a police officer in January 2016. The late Warrant Officer, Joel Seloga (57), who was attached to Groblersdal Cluster detectives was shot and killed near Brits when he was assisting local police …

HAWKS ARREST ONE OF THEIR OWN

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The Acting National Head of the Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation (HAWKS) Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata has learnt with disappointment the arrest of the units’ Serious Anti-Corruption commander in Mpumalanga. Captain Richard Nkwanyana (48) handed himself over the Hawks’ Middelburg Organised Unit members on Monday following a protracted investigation into alleged theft of about R439 …

FRUITS OF DISCONTENT

This week Special Assignment broadcasts a follow-up to our ongoing investigations into alleged corruption and elite capture of state-owned farms that are turning the fruits of agrarian land reform into a bitter harvest. When one thinks of elite capture, the Gupta family immediately springs to mind, accused of turning South Africa into their personal ATM, …

MAYOR SENTENCED FOR CORRUPTION

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The Clanwilliam Regional Court has convicted Jonas White (47), a former, Executive Mayor of Cederberg Municipality, for corruption. The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Unit arrested White and his alleged girlfriend, Ezelle Bianca Mankay (33), as well as, Philippus Volschenk (56), following investigations on 19th December, 2013. It was the state’s case that during October to …

TRIO SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS FOR ARMED ROBBERY, MURDER AND RAPE

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NORTH WEST – The Temba High Court has on Wednesday sentenced Paul Sello Mashapa (37), Joseph Vusi Mdluli (36) and Sphiwe Matlala (35) to 25 years’ imprisonment without an option of a fine after they were found guilty of armed robbery, murder and rape. The trio was arrested by the Hawks in November 2006 at …

CAPE TOWN COUPLE BEHIND R278-MILLION PONZI SCHEME SENTENCED

CAPE TOWN – A Western Cape couple behind a multimillion Ponzi scheme has been sentenced in the Thembalethu Regional Court on Wednesday, 21 September 2017 for fraud and contravening the banks Act. Graeme Minnes (54) and Carolina Minnes (52) duped unsuspecting victims between Sept 2002 and Nov 2009 into investing funds ranging from a minimum …

18 SUSPECTS ARRESTED AND 4 CONVICTED FOR RHINO POACHING

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MORE SUSPECTS BEING ARRESTED AND CONVICTED FOR RHINO POACHING Over the past week, 18 suspects were arrested and one fatally wounded while five others who were involved in rhino poaching were found guilty and sentenced to a collective 30 years and none months imprisonment. The South African Police Service and game rangers throughout South Africa …

Police arrest hundreds of suspects for aggravated robberies

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The Trio Crime Combating Interventions which have been put in place to intensify the prevention and investigation of house robberies, business robberies and hijackings as well as to trace and apprehend the perpetrators of these crimes, has been yielding significant results. The teams in Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal which have the highest …