Gangs sustain terror

2017-04-19 06:00
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Lebohang Motsamai

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The police in Bloemfontein are appealing to members of the community who have unresolved cases against four men, listed as dangerous, to come forward to provide information.

This plea is part of the ongoing intensive investigation against the suspects.

“The clarion call is also due to the fact that the suspects are using different names and have been evading arrest,” said the investigative officer, Det. Botle Monen-yane.

The suspects are Lebohang Mokhethi, Lebohang Motsamai (also known as Moleko Mokoena Ephraim Kgalebowe), Sibusiso Blessing Nhlapo (also known as Simphiwe) and Lebohang Selemela (also known as Lebohang Malupe, Selemela Sekomela and Lebohang Malep).

The four are currently behind bars and are implicated in the foiled robbery of police officer Neo Mokhethi in mid March.

One of the suspects, Lebohang Mokhethi, was shot and wounded during the foiled robbery of the police officer and his partner at their residence in Rocklands.

The suspects were arrested at separate places hours after allegedly attacking the officer and his partner.

Three of the four suspects are expected to appear in the Bloemfontein High Court today (19/04) for bail application.

The lower court of the Batho Magistrate’s Court turned down their bail application on Wednesday (12/04) following the police findings into the suspects’ modus operandi in committing a string of violent crimes.

They are reportedly on the wanted list for violent crimes ranging from burglary at business and houses, to rape, murder and robbery.

The suspects are being linked to a string of unresolved cases being probed by the police in Bloemfontein, Kagisanong, Mangaung, Kopanong and Bloemspruit.

The police investigations have further discovered that the suspects had complicated investigations against them by giving false addresses of their places of residence.

The police findings revealed that the suspects are sworn-in members of a gangster group known as Born to Kill (BTK).

“They have visible tattoos on certain parts of their bodies, like fingers and arms,” said Monenyane.

She said unresolved cases could be due to the fear of witnesses and community members, knowing the gang members are notorious for causing terror, mostly in Mangaung townships in Bloemfontein and Botshabelo.

Eyewitnesses told Express that some gang members attend the hearings and trial at court on purpose to monitor witnesses and complainants against them.

Express also learnt that a house belonging to parents of one of the suspects was partly burnt down late last year by angry community members who are fed up with the suspect.

Community members who have unresolved cases, as well as witnesses, can call Monenyane on 051-403-1751 during office hours or go to the Kagisanong police station to report any information.

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