Pretoria: 03 November 2015 – Ongoing investigations by the National Investigations Unit  (NINU) of the South African Police Service have established that one of the three men arrested in connection for possession of a firearm in Pretoria North last month could be linked to at least 16 other crimes committed in that area.

The three, all of whom are in the country illegally, will return to the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court tomorrow for a formal bail application. They are strongly suspected of being part of a gang that terrorised communities in Kameeldrift, north of Pretoria, during which they robbed and stole from this farming community and those of the adjacent suburb of Sinoville. Other members of this group are still at large but the police are following all leads.

Moses Ndlovu, Johannes Phiri and Danford Gwanzi, all aged 23, were arrested last month by members of the Pretoria North SAPS, who were acting on a tip-off. They were each found in possession of a firearm with as many as 30 rounds of live ammunition between them. At the time they were arrested the men were suspected to be on the way to commit another robbery.

However, because of the serious nature of their crimes, the SAPS has roped in specialist investigators from NINU, who have since established that one of the suspects, Moses Ndlovu, is linked to  at least 16 cases of house robbery, housebreaking and theft and theft of and out of motor vehicles.

The police are pleased that even as they are following additional leads, they already have a solid case against the three and they will be positively link them to all of the crimes they have been charged for.