'Five minute gang': lawyer arrested

2008-06-02 00:00

A Durban lawyer was arrested yesterday as the latest suspect in a syndicate that has been linked to the activities of the infamous “five-minute gang”.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the swift arrest of the legal practitioner, which followed those of the four suspected members of the gang in Chase Valley on Saturday evening, was as a result of further investigations by the task team and the Organised Crime Unit assigned to investigate the recent housebreakings in the Town Hill area.

The lawyer, whose name and law firm are known to The Witness, is expected to appear in court tomorrow, charged with housebreaking.

Budhram added that investigations also led to the recovery of electrical appliances, like TVs and hi-fis, and jewellery worth R100 000 believed to have been taken during the break-ins.

The four suspects arrested on Saturday night did not appear in court yesterday and are expected to appear today.

Meanwhile, police were still busy with their investigations in the Town Hill suburbs yesterday.

Townhill Community Policing Forum chairman Stuart Knight said yesterday that the Town Hill police, in conjunction with the SAPS Highway Patrol Unit, Dog Unit and the task team set up to deal with the burglaries, deserve accolades for their approach to dealing with the problem.

“They have helped the whole of Pietermaritzburg and indeed the province to stop these burglaries, which we have established are not limited to the Town Hill area. Town Hill has taken the bull by the horns.”

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