Big blow to syndicate

2016-02-15 11:49
Members of the CCTV Reaction Unit and uMgungundlovu South cluster task team with some of the items they recovered during a bust in Berg Street on the weekend. Pictured front from left: Constable Nkululeko Mbanjwa, Sergeant Ernest Mdlalose and Warrant Officer Nishen Raghu. Pictured back from left: Warrant Officer Nithia Peter, Constable Mohsin Ebrahim, Constable Phindi Madlala and Lieutenant Colonel Casper Coetzee.

Members of the CCTV Reaction Unit and uMgungundlovu South cluster task team with some of the items they recovered during a bust in Berg Street on the weekend. Pictured front from left: Constable Nkululeko Mbanjwa, Sergeant Ernest Mdlalose and Warrant Officer Nishen Raghu. Pictured back from left: Warrant Officer Nithia Peter, Constable Mohsin Ebrahim, Constable Phindi Madlala and Lieutenant Colonel Casper Coetzee. (Kailene Pillay, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - More than R400 000 worth of stolen goods, packed and ready to be transported out of the country, were seized this weekend when police raided a house in Berg Street.

Police officers from the CCTV Reaction Unit and the Pietermaritzburg Cluster task team worked around the clock for two days after receiving a tip-off that an elite cross border crime syndicate would be making a move this weekend. Laptops, cellphones, flat screen TVs, computers, electric power tools and car batteries were among the items recovered. One of the most expensive items recovered was a high-end racing bicycle worth more than R50 000.

Police spokesperson Constable Phindi Madlala said the CCTV Reaction Unit received information about thousands of rands worth of stolen goods ready to be taken across the border.

“Police arrested one suspect, a Malawian national, who was in possession of all these goods in a Berg Street house. It is believed the foreigner is the ‘transporter’ who moves the goods across the borders,” said Madlala.

She said upon interviewing the foreign national, it was established that he would allegedly charge people to transport the goods. In addition, the “transporter” would allegedly charge an additional fee to “ensure border control allows him through”.

The arrested suspect will make an appearance in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today.

The 10-ton police truck was filled to capacity with the seized items and police spent around five hours documenting the goods before storing them.

This major bust forms part of the uMgungundlovu South cluster commander Major-General Lucas Ngobeni’s campaign to keep the city clean of crime.

“Major-General Lucas Ngobeni is on a mission to make Pietermaritzburg a crime-free zone. He has given strict instructions to the police officers and with a bust like this, we can see police officers are on board with this plan. We want to reach a point where people can even leave their cars unlocked without worrying,” said Madlala.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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