Lifeguards appear for Trafalgar crimes

2016-12-15 06:01

THREE men appeared in Ramsgate Court yesterday for three house robberies which took place in Trafalgar in June, July and October. One of the men, Bheki Mlatha (33), is also linked to a murder of a 15-year-old girl who was killed on the beach in the area in December last year.

“It appears that all three suspects are involved in the house robberies,” said police spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka.

“Another girl was with the victim when the murder took place. The witness identified Mlatha,” said Mfeka.

Mfeka said the other two are Mbhekeni Shabane (33) and Luke John Lange (33).

Mlatha and Shabane were employed by Tower 13 Lifeguard Services at the time of their arrest while Lange had not worked for Tower 13 in two years.

“It angers me that two lifeguards were linked to these crimes. These incidents are unfortunate but it has nothing to do with Tower 13. If these two accused are found guilty, they must be punished to the full extent of the law,” said Sheldon Roux, operations manager for Tower 13 Lifeguard Services.

The three men were arrested two weeks ago in different places in Trafalgar, Margate and Marina Beach, where the Trafalgar Sector Police Forum played an instrumental role.

Trafalgar Sector Police forum chairman, André Janse van Rensburg said he arrested the first suspect, who admitted to the robbery.

He then took the man to the police station where he was formally arrested and charged.

Captain Devrak Gopichand and Detective Sergeant Muthal Sesiah-Naidoo of Margate SAPS are the investigating officers.

The outcome of the court case could not be established at the time of going to press.

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