Gauteng police arrested two of the most wanted suspects in the province on Tuesday, 20 July. The pair of men have allegedly been terrorising the community of Olievenhoutbosch, Tshwane and the surrounding areas and are linked to several cases of murder and robbery.
POLICE FINALLY NAB THEIR MAN IN COSMO CITY
In May this year, the South African Police Service (SAPS) held a Ministerial Imbizo in Olievenhoutbosch and the community complained about a man that was terrorising their community. In response, Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela set up an intervention team specifically to hunt down the suspect in question and all other criminals in the area.
“The intervention unit has been working tirelessly to trace suspects until Tuesday when they received information about the possible hideout of one of the wanted suspects,” said SAPS spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo.
SAPS launched an intelligence driven operation and managed to trace the wanted man to Cosmo City in Johannesburg. After his arrest in Joburg, police found a firearm linked to an Olievenhoutbosch case.
After an interview with the authorities, the suspect led the police to the hiding place of the second suspect who attempted to evade capture by leaping through a window. “He was chased and arrested,” said Masondo. “Also in his possession, police found an unlicensed firearm loaded with ammunition.”
The pair of suspects are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 22 July 2021.
“This is a breakthrough for the intervention team that has been formed to trace and arrest these most notorious and wanted suspects,” said the Acting Provincial Commissioner of the police in Gauteng, Major General Tommy Mthombeni.
“These arrests will help us to close most cases of house robberies, business robberies and murders where these suspects are linked,” said Mthombeni