Community helps cops nab gangsters

By Drum Digital
27 January 2016

Three members of a gang said to be operating in the Scottsburgh and Pennington communities in KZN were arrested today due to the assistance of the local community policing forum.

By Ayanda Sitole

Thabiso Moya (22) has been linked to a housebreaking on 7 January 2016 where a TV was stolen; he was also linked to a house robbery that took place on the 14 January 2016 where a victim said he was robbed of photographic equipment at knifepoint.

Moya has also been linked to another house robbery in December 2015 where he stabbed one of his victims and stole four cell-phones, a laptop, shoes and vehicle keys.

In the same month he is believed to have conducted another house robbery with the help of an accomplice, taking two Apple cell-phones, a ladies watch and money at gunpoint.

While still on the run from police, he was shot and killed by members of a rival gang in the Eastern Cape.

Moya’s fellow gang member, Siyabonga Meji 25, has been implicated in an armed robbery and stole cell-phones and drove off with a Hyundai IX35.

The victim who was robbed said all his families such as clothing and laptops were in the car when it was stolen. He also said he was hit on the head with the back of the gun.

Meji was also linked to another house robbery at a senior citizens’ home in Pennington in which he had two accomplices.

They attacked the elderly community member with guns and an axe. They took a wallet, bank cards and a gold watch.

Meji He was arrested last week Thursday and is detained at the Scottburgh SAPS until his court appearance which took place on Monday the 25th.

Another gang member, Ayanda “Boi-Boi” Mtolo (31), believed to be linked to Meji and Moya escaped a house robbery but was spotted by a gardener who chased him into a nearby bush where he took cover.

The SAPS were alerted of his whereabouts by the Pennsington community policing forum.

Members of the forum and the community joined forces to capture the gang member by surrounding him until the police arrived and arrested him.

At the time of his arrest he was holding a screwdriver he allegedly used to break into houses and wearing a stolen watch. He was charged for being in possession of housebreaking implements.

Both Meji and Mtolo appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 25 were remanded back into police custody until 3 February for their bail application hearings.

The SAPS says Mtolo was one of Scottburgh most wanted criminals.

“We appreciate the assistance we get from our Community Police Forum (CPF) and Sector Forum members. Without them, it would be extremely difficult to win our fight against crime. Mtolo’s arrest was largely the efforts of vigilant and concerned members of the public”, said KwaZulu Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni.

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