Category Archives: Crime

Four gunmen fatally wounded after opening fire on SAPS members

Pretoria: 26 May 2017 – The South African Police Service’s management has, since 1 April 2017, implemented operations in response to the increasing trio crimes committed across the country, especially in the Province of Gauteng. The effort, commitment and dedication displayed by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) towards ensuring the safety and security of all people in South Africa is welcomed by the leadership of the department. Members continue to place their lives at risk on a day to day basis. This…

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SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR THE HI-JACKING AND KIDNAPPING OF THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF JUSTICE

SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR THE HI-JACKING AND KIDNAPPING OF THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF JUSTICE, DEPUTY MINISTER MAKWETLA Pretoria, 26 May 2017: Since Monday, four suspects have been arrested in the hi-jacking and kidnapping case of the Deputy Minister of Justice, Deputy Minister Makwetla and two security guards from a hospital by a multi-disciplinary task team comprising of the SAPS’s Organised Crime Investigation Unit, Detective Services and Crime Intelligence. On Sunday, 21 May 2017 at approximately 19:30 Deputy Minister Makwetla arrived alone in his private vehicle, a…

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ALLEGED FRAUDSTER DENIED BAIL

LIMPOPO- Samuel Ricardo Bila (33) was denied bail by Modjadjiskloof Magistrate Court on 15 May 2017 on a charge of alleged fraud which he is facing. His case was postponed to 23 May 2017 for formal bail application. In July 2012, Bila allegedly opened clothing credit accounts at various shops in Limpopo and even bought a car using the names of the complainant. The matter was reported to the Hawks who conducted an intensive investigation which resulted in the arrest of the suspect in Johannesburg…

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ILLEGAL MINER CONVICTED

NORTH WEST – Bernhard van Niekerk (62) was sentenced to one (1) year imprisonment or payment of a R50 000 fine at the Schweizer-Reneke District court on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 for illegal mining and the unlawful possession of unpolished diamonds. The Hawks members followed up on information that pin pointed the Eerste Begin farm in Amalia as a spot for illegal mining. On 1 December 2016, a search was conducted at the farm and the suspect was found on site with four (4) unpolished…

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FOUR SUSPECTS SOUGHT FOR MURDER

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FREE STATE – The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) in the Free State province is appealing to members of the public with information regarding the whereabouts of the four (4) suspects Lira Morienyane (39), Ntabiseng Lempe (34), Alice Majake (28) and Andile Gxamza (33) to contact them immediately.
The suspects are wanted in connection with a murder case which took place at Phahameng in Bloemfontein last year March, during which a well-known tavern owner Mr Alfred “Chencha” Helepi (70) was shot three times at his tavern and died at scene. The suspects allegedly took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene with the deceased’s vehicle which was later found abandoned at Phelindaba not far from the scene.
A warrant of arrest was issued after they were all let go on 11 November 2016 following an order by the Bloemfontein High Court after the Regional Court struck the matter of the roll. They had been in custody since their arrest in May shortly after Helepi was murdered.
According to documents, the suspects Morienyane, Lempe and Majake are Lesotho nationals and Gxamza is from Port Elizabeth.
Anyone with information regarding any of the suspects should contact Captain Babani Skota on 079 509 4998 or Warrant officer Motlhoua Motshweneng on 082 372 0093

NPA OBTAINS A PRESERVATION ORDER FOR 2921 DONKEY HIDES

PRETORIA – The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has secured a preservation order on 10 May 2017 for 2921 donkey hides as well as the container they were kept in. The donkey hides has an estimated value of R4 381 500. The successful recovery of the donkey hides was due to excellent work by the South African Police Service (the SAPS) that played a vital role in seizing the hides before they were shipped to China. The NPA and the…

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MAN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS FOR HOUSEBREAKING AND ROBBERY

FREE STATE – August Phakedi Mogoregi (63) was sentenced to eight years (8) imprisonment after he was found guilty by the Welkom Regional Court for housebreaking and robbery on Tuesday, 09 May 2017. In 2009 Mogoregi, Timely Faith Coetze (33) and Foreman Matee (53) held a family at gunpoint at their home in Welkom. They stole jewellery, cellphones as well as R50 000 cash and fled the scene. Through intensive investigation by the Hawks and the police Coetze was arrested on the night of the…

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MINISTER FIKILE MBALULA VISIT 10111 CALL CENTER

The Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula made an unannounced visit at the South African Police Service (SAPS) 10111 Call Center in Midrand today. The visit was to get first-hand experience of what happens at the call centre following complaints the Minister received from the public. The Minister interacted with the call centre staff and got to understand their challenges. The Minister was connected to all SAPS vehicles from the Call Center. He used the opportunity to thank SAPS officers for their hard work in…

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MAN SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR FRAUD

EASTERN CAPE – Machasela Manitshana (55) was sentenced seven years direct imprisonment after he was found guilty of fraud by the Engcobo Magistrate Court on Friday. During the year 1994 Manitshana fraudulently claimed the pension money of his brother from Teba Bank Ltd. His brother died from a car accident in November 1994 and was 25-years-old at the time. He worked as a miner in Johannesburg and even though he stated in his Will that he wanted the mother of his two daughters to inherit…

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HAWKS WELCOME DOUBLE LIFE SENTENCES FOR FARM MURDERER

LIMPOPO- Limpopo Hawks Provincial Head Major General Thobeka Jozi has hailed the two life sentences that were imposed to Gibson Banda (38) by Thohoyandou High Court on 2 May 2017. In November 2010, Banda who was employed as a farm worker at 16 Castle farm in Musina shot and killed the farm owner Mr Johan Greyvensteyn (54) and his wife Mrs Ann Jesle Greyvensteyn (52) at their farm. The decomposed bodies of the two were found locked in their car under the railway line bridge…

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Heist in Delft Cape Town

The Deputy Minister of Police, Bongani Mkhongi, has noted with dismay yet another daring heist by criminals in Delft, Cape Town, who shot and subdued security guards, firing at the police on sight, leaving with an undisclosed amount of money. The police however, working with greater vigour and determination, have already found the getaway car, a Fiat, not far away from Delf. This is in line with our commitment to continue to squeeze the space against criminals and soon there will be no room for…

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Safety tips from the SAPS : Safety over long weekend

Safety over long weekend Pretoria: 27 April 2017 – As many South Africans will take this opportunity to enjoy a long weekend over the next few days, the South African Police Service assures all communities that in line with our Back-to-Basics approach, our members will be on duty, ready to serve and protect. As your safety and security is our priority, in terms of our Constitutional mandate, we want to assist you in being aware of your surroundings, your safety and the safeguarding of your…

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PAIR NABBED FOR POSSESSION OF DAGGA

NORTH WEST – Members of the Hawks in the North West Province have arrested two(2) suspects aged 34 and 53 for possession of dagga on Sunday, 23 April 2017. Information was received about a large stash of dagga nestled inside a shack in Doringhoek farm, approximately 15km outside of Klerksdorp. An intelligence driven operation was swiftly conducted and large bags of dagga valued to be worth approximately R744 000.00 were found. The duo was arrested and will appear before the Klerksdorp Magistrate Court on Monday,…

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CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER ACCUSED GRANTED BAIL

KWAZULU-NATAL – Hawks members in KwaZulu-Natal have arrested Nothile Zungu (43), Siyabonga Kunene (39), Pertunia Ntombela (33), Goodness Mdlalose (52), Malibongwe Mdletse (38) and Siphamandla Sibiya (32) for conspiracy to commit murder which happened at Vulamehlo area in Nquthu last year. An information was received through Crime Intelligence that the six allegedly plotted to kill certain individuals in the area for political-related matters. They were arrested on Thursday, 20 April 2017 and charged accordingly. The accused briefly appeared in the Nquthu Magistrates’ Court on Friday,…

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MAN FOUND GUILTY FOR DEALING IN DRUGS

MPUMALANGA: A 39-year-old Mathews Vilakazi was found guilty and convicted for dealing in drugs(cannabis) by the Carolina Magistrate Court on Friday 21 April 2017. The accused was sentenced to four years imprisonment which is suspended for four years on condition the accused is not found guilty of the same offence. Furthermore the accused was fined R70 000.00 or two years imprisonment and his motor vehicle, a Toyota double cab 4×4, valued at R100 000 was forfeited to the state. On Thursday, 28 July 2016 members…

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CON WOMAN APPEARS IN COURT FOR FRAUD WORTH MILLIONS

WESTERN CAPE – Michayla Kogie Mentoor (48), made her first appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 20th of April 2017 after she was arrested for fraud by the Serious Commercial Crime Unit of the Hawks’ ATM Task team on the same day. Mentoor who has been on the run for over two years was nabbed from her hideout by the determined team in the early hours of Thursday at the upmarket suburb of Bishops Court near Cape Town. It is alleged that Mentoor…

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MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE CONDUCT SUCCESSFUL OPERATIONS

Pretoria, Wednesday 12 April 2017: The South African Police Service conducted successful operations today, in response to protest marches/demonstrations that took place in Tshwane. Law enforcement agencies, led by the South African Police Service were deployed in a bid to ensure that public order is maintained in today’s protest march/demonstrations. In the main, an estimated 20 000 people took part in the march. We are pleased to report that once again, the people of South Africa heeded our call to conduct themselves in a proper…

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COPPER CABLE SYNDICATE DISMANTLED, SIX INMATES APPEAR IN COURT

WESTERN CAPE – Amos Ngubeni (32), Wilson Khoza (33), Samuel Ngwenya (34), Linda James Malope (34), Simon Thembe (40) and Malome Alfred Matsetsela (41) have appeared in the Beaufort West Magistrate’s Court on Thursday the 6th of April 2017 for theft of copper cables valued at approximately R3.5 million. Two of the accused were initially arrested at Prins Albert in November 2012 when they were caught in the act of stealing copper cables by local police, a vehicle that was meant to pick-up the loot…

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TWO ACCUSED FOUND GUILTY OF FRAUD

MPUMALANGA: Nhlanhla Mkhize (41) and Thabang Mlambo (39) were found guilty by Nelspruit Magistrate Court on 07 April 2017 for Fraud and fined R7 500 00 or 15 months imprisonment of which R500 00 or 10 months imprisonment is suspended for five years on condition that the accused are not convicted for theft during the period of suspension. On 23 September 2016 the two accused presented cloned/counterfeit cards at Makro Nelspruit as means of payment for two laptops and they were arrested by the Hawks’…

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TWO BUSTED FOR R4.8 MILLION BANK SCAM

GAUTENG – Two men have appeared briefly at the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday, 10 April 2017 for a R4.8 million bank scam. Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime had on Friday arrested Ashly Chetty (27) and Asheer Jaggerssar (31) for bank scam fraud where they allegedly defrauded and withdrew R99 from unsuspecting bank clients’ accounts between 2014 and 2016 using a company Riskfin and Carebox which is not registered with Companies Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC). Chetty and Jaggerssar, who are facing charges of fraud,…

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ATTORNEY ATTEMPTS TO BRIBE HAWKS MEMBERS

GAUTENG – Hawks’ Serious Corruption in Johannesburg had on Friday, 07 April 2017 conducted an entrapment operation which yielded positive results and nabbed a 67-year-old attorney for corruption in Parktown. The attorney offered Hawks members a R50 000 bribe money so that they could to stop investigations against his clients. The man was allegedly representing five (5) Health Department employees who were being investigated for allegedly selling jobs within the department for a price ranging between R5000 and R6000 in 2016. The suspect, Godfrey Sipho…

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SIX JAILED FOR MANUFACTURING AND DEALING IN DRUGS

MPUMALANGA: The Secunda District Court has on Wednesday, 5 April 2017 handed hefty sentences to six culprits who were found guilty of manufacturing and dealing in drugs. Chibuzor Paul Ezekware, Samuel Okafor and Goodwin Addo Abunne were each sentenced to 36 years imprisonment , Henry Ulangu Ukaegby and Innocent Akuziele will spend 16 years in jail each, while Junior Okafor was sentenced to 18 months behind bars. Ezekware, Okafor and Abunne were also ordered to pay R11 500, R4 800 and R7 000 back to…

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78-YEAR- OLD PENSIONER FOUND GUILTY OF THEFT

MPUMALANGA: Dick Johannes Hattingh, a 78-year-old pensioner, was found guilty by Nelspruit Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 on 12 Counts of Theft . In November 2015 the accused was employed at Lowveld Hunting Club and he stole R527 000 from the Club. The Sentence was postponed for 5 years on condition that accused pays back the money on monthly instalments of R3 000-00 for five years.

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HAWKS TAKE A FIRM STANCE AGAINST RACISM

PRETORIA – A member of the Hawks attached to South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) in Gauteng has voluntarily resigned after learning that the Hawks has laid a charge against him for calling his colleagues ‘kaffirs’. In a text sent to SANEB members’ WhatsApp group chat, the 47-year-old Warrant Officer blatantly called one of his colleagues a ‘kaffir’, an act that triggered urgent intervention from the unit’s commanders after several members expressed disapproval of the Warrant Officer’s actions. The officer, who has been in the…

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R2 MILLION WORTH OF COCAINE SEIZED, MAN DENIED BAIL

Johannesburg – Segundo Melendez Damacina, a 40-year-old man was remanded in custody by the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Thursday following his arrest on Wednesday, 05 April 2017. The Hawks members at the O.R Tambo International Airport followed up on information about a passenger who was flying from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Maputo, Mozambique via South Africa. When the man landed at the O.R Tambo International Airport his luggage was searched and 7kg of cocaine was found concealed inside soft drink containers, wrapped with a…

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