PMB’s slew of arrests

2016-01-14 12:53
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Pietermaritzburg - Eighty-one arrests and 53 cases solved.

This was the tally of Pietermaritzburg’s combined action team (CAT), which worked tirelessly to clean up ­Pietermaritzburg’s streets since the ­beginning of November last year.

With only a handful of officers, the team arrested 81 of Pietermaritzburg’s most hardened criminals over the festive season, among them suspects in 13 cases of murder and attempted murder.

The team of 11 members — comprised of police officers and members of various private security companies — focussed on serious and violent crimes.

Most of the arrests were made in the Mountain Rise police precinct, which ­expands over the northern suburbs, but the team have extended their duties to other areas within the uMgungundlovu North police cluster commanded by Brigadier Francis Bantham.

Just this week, the team arrested a man who allegedly burgled the BP ­garage in South Road, Newholmes.

The garage was burgled at about 7 pm on Sunday night. The intruder made his way through the ceilings into an office, from where he made off with R3 000.

The team arrested the man two days after the crime was committed.

In another incident this week, a house on Lazarus Road in Copesville was burgled during the early hours of Monday morning. The burglars made off with a television set, DVD player, speakers and two purses valued at R7 000. Two men were arrested for the crime the next day.

Of the 53 cases that CAT solved, 24 came from the Mountain Rise policing area, with robberies making up the bulk, followed by theft, hijacking and house breakings.

Quantities of stolen items worth ­thousands of rands were also recovered from the arrested criminals. These ­included electronic items, vehicles, ­firearms and ammunition.

The team also arrested people in six cases of possession of stolen property and unlicensed firearms.

CAT also tackled a series of criminals responsible for violent crimes like ­murder and rape.

In total, 10 cases of rape and sexual assault were solved, and the suspects ­allegedly behind 13 cases of murder and attempted murder were arrested.

Three of these cases in particular stood out, with the team receiving ­commendations from provincial police management for each.

In December, CAT made a ­breakthrough when they arrested sevenuy suspects linked to a number of house robberies and a murder case reported in New Hanover that month.

Earlier this month, CAT tracked down and arrested two suspects linked to the murder of Smangile Vuyusile Khanyile (18), whose burnt body was found cut into pieces in the Tamboville area.

But the highest acclaim came when CAT members shot dead a notorious villain linked to almost a dozen cases throughout the province.

Siyabonga “The Mamba” Ndlovu was shot dead in a fierce gunbattle with police last week. He was allegedly linked to­ ­several attacks on police officers and a spate of hijackings, murders and ­robberies throughout the province.

CAT executive manager Nobin Karien said a solid partnership between the ­officers in the team and the community led to their successes.

KZN police commissioner ­Mmamonnye Ngobeni said yesterday she appreciated the good working relationship between the officers and the public in the fight against crime. “The police cannot do it alone and I applaud the public as well as the officers in the team for going the extra mile,” she said.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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