SAPS NEWS: 8 Arrested during Crackdown on Cash-in-Transit Heists
Media Statement from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (HAWKS)
South African Police Service
PRETORIA – A project driven investigation by the Hawks’ National Bureau of Illegal Firearms Control and Priority Violent Crimes together with Crime Intelligence had led to the arrest of eight suspects allegedly linked to recent cash in-transit heist cases in Katlehong and Meyerton.
The five suspects, Thandwangubazi Mvelase (35), Nokulunga Ntombela (33), Lungisa Mdlolo (35), Ntengazi Mdlolo (40) and Sandile Mhlungu (29) appeared at the
Protea, Vereeniging and Nigel Magistrates’ Courts respectively on Friday. Unfortunately, the case against the other three suspects was provisionally withdrawn.
The multidisciplinary team which comprised of the Gauteng Hawks, Crime Intelligence members from Kwazulu–Natal, Limpopo and Gauteng, the Mpumalanga Tracing Team and Gauteng Flying Squad commenced early Thursday morning in Jabavu, Soweto.
Two suspects, Mvelase and Ntombela were arrested and the team allegedly found two AK 47 rifles, two police bullet proof vests, lots of ammunition and cash.
The team went on to Orange Farm and arrested Mhlungu. He was allegedly found with a pump action shot gun, a pistol, a hand grenade and ammunition. The pistol was linked to a theft of firearm case in the same area.
The operation proceeded to Duduza and Vosloorus hostel where the two Mdlolos were arrested. Lungisani Mdlolo was the first to be detained in Duduza and he was allegedly found with a revolver. Cosmos Mdlolo was next to be arrested and he was allegedly found with an AK 47 and a pistol.
It was established that Lungisani Mdlolo allegedly escaped from lawful custody at Palm Ridge Magistrates’ Court in 2014 after he was found guilty of murder, armed robbery with aggravated circumstances and rape.
The operation culminated with the arrest of three suspects also in Vosloorus where the team allegedly seized an AK 47 with six magazines with ammunition. Their case has since been provisionally withdrawn pending further investigations.
The five remaining suspects are expected to appear again at their respective courts on Monday, 3 December 2018.
Enquiries: Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi: 082 373 2408