Hawks infiltrate, take down gem syndicate

2011-11-23 22:32

Johannesburg - Twenty nine people were arrested and R15m in stolen goods was seized after the Hawks busted a gem syndicate in Kuruman, 230km north-west of Kimberley, on Wednesday, said Northern Cape police.

Captain Tony Modise said the syndicate operated out of four gem mines in the Kuruman area and had been under investigation since August 2009.

The Hawks infiltrated the syndicate in August 2010. They began arresting those implicated around Kuruman from midnight onwards.

Of those arrested, three were policemen while the others were all employed by the mines in various roles.

Police recovered stolen precious stones, copper cable, and explosives and were searching for four other men connected to the syndicate, said Modise.

The 29 accused will appear in the Kuruman Magistrate's Court on Friday.

  • velastardust - 2011-11-23 22:49

    Well done guys! You deserve a Bells! Now, how about tacking corrupt politicians? They are worth more than R15m!

      Robbie - 2011-11-24 06:43

      Now what about Malema???

  • Phanuel - 2011-11-23 22:55

    If the syndicate was penetrated and under surveillance since 2009, why would the police be looking for four other men, shouldn't they been arrested on the same night

      Honest Raymond Makoi - 2011-11-24 04:20

      Really! Its a job well done... Thats all!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-24 06:20

      I don't think coordinating such a big arrest is very easy, I think the fact that only 4 are still free is a high success rate if you ask me. Hopefully they'll all start squealing on one another, and pretty soon the whole lot will be getting "serviced" in prison.

  • Evans - 2011-11-24 02:36

    what a great jobwelldone de hawks,it can be after a while to arrest these guys,however they deserve that big hand of the law,a very special message to those who are busy stilling from either the poor or rich,the hawks are watching you.

  • darktruth - 2011-11-24 05:27

    Good work!

  • braamc - 2011-11-24 05:49

    Most arrest nowadays include cops/metro cops, corrupt leases - cops. Never the less the scale of coruption in government. Just want to know where does it stem from?

      Mike - 2011-11-24 06:18

      I'm not so sure that MOST arrests involve bent cops, but corruption amongst the junior ranks probably stems from low morale due to ineffective leadership & poor wages. If this government were to double constables' salaries and double recruitment, effective policing and investigation might become the norm, instead of the exception. But it probably won't happen, because the police might then be more inclined to take action against corrupt politicians.

  • Roy - 2011-11-24 05:50

    Now they must infiltrate the Goverment/ANC and arrest all the corrupt people who are living off the "fat of the land" and who do not deserve to be in the positions they hold.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-24 06:16

    Well done. Hope the case is strong and the perps get removed from society for a long time.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-11-24 06:31

    Hawks, doing what? Why only gem syndicates and drug dealers only? We also want to see corrupt politicians arrested.

      Moss - 2011-11-24 08:25

      Go arrest them yourself!! You so negative you can't even praise them for a job welldone

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-11-24 09:53

      @ Moss, then praise them, you devil worshipper! I don't have any reason to worship then as i'm not a subscriber to mediocrity.

      Moss - 2011-11-24 21:56

      Haha, what a waste of brain you are!!

  • Jj - 2012-02-02 11:10

    Everybody steals from the earth, as most have walking the beach... These fellows were just sharing soem time with the black miners who brought the rough stone out in lunch boxes and at times some "night" excusions into the mine. A MANGANESE MINE for steel with gem mineral by products that are for the most part crushed and discarded by the mine owners. Just ask Desmond Sacco......

  • Jj - 2012-02-02 11:13

    Hello You Devils.... I am one of the foriegn benefactors of this operation.... Not so fast ...Off to jail... Don't let envy of a good deal for sugilite affect your judgement. Just rocks boys......

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