Hawks swoop down on Williams Gang

2016-05-19 06:00
 Photo: supplied The VW Golf used by the suspects when Hawks and SAPS officers intercepted them. The windows and windscreens are shattered from the exchange of bullets between police and the alleged Williams Gang members

Photo: supplied The VW Golf used by the suspects when Hawks and SAPS officers intercepted them. The windows and windscreens are shattered from the exchange of bullets between police and the alleged Williams Gang members

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FOUR “dangerous criminals” thought to be members of the notorious ‘Williams Gang’ were arrested by Hawks officers last Friday morning, 13 May after an intense shoo­tout.

The gang is known throughout the KwaZulu-Natal province for carrying out a number of armed robberies and has been wanted by law enforcement for a long time.

Hawks spokesperson, Lieutenant Simphiwe Mhlongo said the arrest took place in Tongaat after officers received information the four suspects were connected to the gang.

“The gang is likely based in Pietermaritzburg, but they have also been part of many criminal operations in Durban and have committed crimes across the province,” said Mhlongo, who added that the four men arrested are part of a wider chain of operation within the gang.

Members of the Hawks, the Provincial Task Team, the Organised Crime Unit and SAPS K9 units received intelligence early on Friday morning of four suspects travelling in a silver-grey VW Golf who had allegedly stolen a Toyota Hilux and were on their way to commit another robbery.

The Golf was intercepted by police on the N2 highway near Tongaat, when the suspects began firing at police.

In the shootout that followed, one of the suspects was injured and all four were subdued and then arrested by Hawks officers with the assistance of SAPS K9 units.

“The Golf and the stolen Hilux, along with a number of devices used to steal motor vehicles were recovered by police after the shootout and the arrests of these criminals will go a long way in bringing other alleged members of the gang to justice,” said Mhlongo.

The KZN provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni praised the Hawks and SAPS for the part they played in the successful apprehension of the suspects.

“I want to congratulate all the members who were involved in this operation, including our partners from the security companies who are part of project ‘CAT’,” said Ngobeni.

“It is pleasing to note that such joint collaborations are bearing fruit, and this will serve as a wake-up call to criminals, showing them that their days are numbered.

“We will not tolerate thugs operating in such a manner in our province and we will ensure that we bring them to their knees through such partnerships,” she added.

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