Parktown – Eleven suspects believed to be a gang involved in serious and violent crimes in Gauteng are due to appear at the Germiston and Temba Magistrates’ Courts on Monday, 23 September 2019 following their arrest during a shoot–out with police on Friday, 20 September 2019. Two unlicensed firearms and stolen vehicles, a BMW and Mercedes Benz, were seized. The suspects will be facing charges of attempted murder, malicious damage to a police vehicle, business robbery, conspiracy to rob, possession of unlicensed firearms and stolen vehicles. Three of these suspects are still under police guard at the Tembisa Hospital.
In one of the incidents, following up on crime intelligence information about an imminent business robbery at Olifantsfontein, police spotted two suspicious vehicles, a blue Toyota and a Mercedes Benz. As police were approaching them, the suspects jumped out of the vehicles and open fire at the police. Police shot back. Police arrested six suspects. Three of these suspects were shot and wounded and are under police guard at the Tembisa Hospital. A police officer was also wounded on the elbow and was also taken to the hospital for treatment. One of their vehicles, a Mercedes Benz, was found to have been stolen in Edenvalle. Two firearms were seized at the scene.
In Winterveldt police responded to the business robbery of a local supermarket. They spotted a BMW vehicle driving away from the scene. The suspects in the BMW fired several shots at the police. Police returned fire and managed to arrest five suspects while two others fled the scene on foot. A police vehicle’s window was damaged during the shoot-out. A suspected stolen BMW vehicle was impounded for further investigation. The suspects will be facing charges of attempted murder, business robbery, malicious damage to property and possession of a suspected stolen vehicle when they appear at the Temba Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 23 September 2019.
In other crime prevention operations in Brixton, Etwatwa and Olivenhoutbosch, twenty suspects were arrested for dealing and possession of drugs worth thousands of rands. In Brixton, 3500 madrax tablets, 7.2kg of dagga, a 9mm pistol with 45 live ammunition and more than R3000 cash were found at the scene. One suspect who tried to bribe police members will be charged with dealing in drugs and possession of unlicensed firearm when he appears at the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 23 September 2019.
The Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mawela has commended the tracking teams and members of Crime Intelligence for their hard work following the arrest of members of criminal gangs who might be on the wanted list for serious and violent crimes in this Province. “I have also urged our business partners to beef-up security in shopping malls and other businesses as the festive season is approaching”, says the Commissioner.