12 Arrested at cleansing ceremony

2017-05-31 06:00

ACTING on a community tip-off, police swooped on a homestead in the KwaGqikazi area last Thursday where a gang of 12 men were undergoing a traditional cleansing ceremony for crimes they had committed.
The gang was caught by surprise by the law enforcement officers, which included Ulundi SAPS, the Tactical Response team, K9 Unit and Public Order Police.

In the raid, 12 suspects were arrested, a suspected stolen car was recovered, six AK47 rifles, two Luger pistols and more than 120 rounds of ammunition.

Initial investigations indicates that one of the pistols was taken during a business robbery in Vryheid earlier this month, while the vehicle they were in possession of was stolen from Diepkloof in February.

Detectives are confident they might be responsible for a number of high profile murders and robberies committed in the province recently.

"These suspects are being profiled and I am hopeful they will be linked to the recent spate of serious and violent crimes in the province.

“Their firearms will be subjected to ballistic tests to ascertain if they were used in the commission of any crimes.

“We wish to extend our gratitude to those members of the community who conveyed their suspicions to local police. It is only through this type of community participation that we can win the war on crime," said the KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa.

The men, aged between 23 and 46, were charged with the possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition as well as possession of stolen property.

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