A GANG of three men have been terrorising Scottburgh and Pennington communities recently. Two have been arrested and the third member was killed in gang violence.
Thabiso Moya (22), was linked to a house breakings in Gumtree Road, Pennington on 7 January when a TV was stolen, a house robbery in Cherry Lane, Pennington on 14 January when the complainant was robbed of photographic equipment at knifepoint, a house robbery in Sardine Drive, Pennington on 21 December, 2015 where the complainant was stabbed and the suspects made off with four cellphones, a laptop, shoes, vehicle keys and a house robbery in Beefwood Road, Pennington on 29 December, 2015 where two men robbed the complainant at gunpoint and took two Apple cellphones, a ladies watch and money. While on the run from police, he was shot and killed by members of a rival gang in the Eastern Cape.
Siyabonga Meji (25), was linked to a house robbery in Pennington Drive on 7 January where three men, one armed with a firearm, robbed the occupants of their cellphones and drove off with their Hyundai IX35. The complainant was assaulted with the butt of the firearm.
All the family possessions were packed in the vehicle, including their clothing, laptops and other valuables. Meji was also linked to another house robbery at a senior citizens’ home in Beefwood Road, Pennington on 14 January when three men, armed with firearms and an axe, robbed the occupants of a wallet, bank cards and a gold watch.
He was arrested by members of the Port Shepstone vehicle identification section in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, 21 January and detained at the Scottburgh SAPS until his court appearance.
A notorious convicted criminal, with at least four warrants of arrest issued by the courts, evaded arrest until he was spotted by the gardener trying to break into a house in Shad Road, Pennington on Friday, 22 January. The alert gardener and his four friends chased the suspect into marshy land in Figtree Road where the suspect took cover in the bushes. Scottburgh SAPS Crime Prevention Commander and sector manager was alerted by the Pennington Sector Forum.
Members of the sector forum and the community joined the others in pursuing the suspect and had him surrounded until members arrived at the scene.
Ayanda “Boi-Boi” Mtolo (31), knew he could run no further and gave himself up to the policeman who promptly placed him under arrest. The screwdriver he allegedly used to break into houses was found in his possession and he was charged for being in possession of housebreaking implements. He has been linked to the house robberies in Pennington Drive, the senior citizens’ home in Beefwood Road, another house robbery in Beefwood Road where two men held up the complainant and took two Apple cellphones, a ladies watch and money as well as at least four cases of housebreaking going back as far as October 2005. At the time of his arrest he was wearing a watch that had been stolen in the Beefwood Road house robbery.
Meji and Mtolo appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 25 January and were remanded back into police custody until 3 February for their bail application hearings. Mtolo was one of Scottburgh SAPS’s most wanted suspects and the SAPS management conveys thanks and appreciation to the gardener and his friends, members of the Pennington sector forum and the community members who played a part in securing Mtolo’s arrest.
“We appreciate the assistance we get from our community police forum 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. - Supplied.