Most wanted suspects arrested

2011-05-19 14:32

Six of the most wanted criminals in Eastern Cape were arrested in Gauteng today, the Hawks said.

Spokesperson McIntosh Polela said police were following up on information about the escape of seven dangerous criminals from the Wellington Prison in Mthatha early this year.

“From last Sunday, working on this information, police established that the suspects had arrived in Pretoria,” he said.

The Hawks, Crime Intelligence and the Task Force arrested one of the escapees, Khaya Bula, in Orange Farm.

They then went to Cosmo Sands, in the Midrand area where, they arrested Mphumelelo Mafikwane, who escaped in Tarkastad in 2009, and Odwa Sithole.

An Audi suspected to have been used in a robbery in Harding was seized.

Police then arrested Sakumzi (Saki) Mvoko.

“Three R5 rifles were recovered during Mvoko’s arrest,” said Polela.

He said the operation proceeded to Roodepoort where police arrested Yandisa Bila and convicted cash-in-transit robber Monde Mlala.

An R5 rifle, 10 fully-loaded R5 magazines and a Volvo were seized.

The Audi and Volvo were believed to have been bought with the proceeds of the string of crimes the men allegedly committed while on the run, said Polela.

Seven dangerous men escaped from Wellington Prison on March 20. They faced charges of cash-in-transit heists, murder, and robbery.

Several days later, they allegedly attacked a police station in Libode outside Mthatha and made off with four rifles and two 9mm pistols.

Three of the seven, were found shot dead with high calibre rifles on the road between Mthatha and Butterworth.

The others allegedly robbed a bank in Elliot on April 2. An innocent bystander was shot dead in the incident.

They were also allegedly involved in a robbery at a post office in Harding in KwaZulu-Natal.

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