Fears that Five-minute Gang is back

2012-10-01 00:00

IS the “five-minute gang” back? That’s the question residents are asking following a string of housebreakings at homes around Pietermaritzburg.

The same modus operandi that was used by the infamous five-minute gang members in 2009 has also been observed in recent incidents. Sibongiseni Zwane, Jabulani Hadebe, Ntokozo Majola and Mndeni Vilakazi were accused of operating in Pietermaritzburg suburbs as house robbers.

They were all arrested in 2009 and charged with housebreaking and the theft of jewellery worth R45 000 from the Montrose home of advocate V. Moodley. The case against them was withdrawn in March this year by the Pietermaritzburg regional court.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan said they submitted the case to the district public prosecutor for the issuing of warrants of arrests and summonses as two of the four suspects have absconded from court.

Homes around the city have recently been targeted by gangs operating in an identical fashion.

Luxury cars are used and the gang targets houses in the wealthy suburbs of Hilton, Wembley, Chase Valley and Montrose. Other incidents have been reported in Durban.

Residents in the city are warning others via Facebook about the crime in the city. Hilton-Pietermaritzburg Crime Spotter page is full of warnings and complaints.

Paul Gaydon posted: “If you have a Fortuner or later model taxi you must ensure that you have had the modification done to your car alarm to protect the siren wires which are easily cut.”

Melanie Jane Martin wrote: “Music people .. please take note! Just in from John Ellis ... My car has been stolen from a B&B in Pmb. ND150-046, if you a see a silver Toyota Corolla Verso. I’m officially giving up music forever. Thank you’.”

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