BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the Provincial Task Team, Specific Crimes, Serious and Violent Crime in KwaZulu-Natal has secured 14 terms of life imprisonment as well as a total of 583 years imprisonment in 33 cases that they investigated.
This year, the team arrested a total of 55 suspects for various high-profile cases such as armed robbery, murder, house robbery, theft, carjacking, business robbery and fraud.
The accused were convicted and sentenced by various courts in the province after they were found guilty of the offences they had committed.
SAPS narrated that the 55 arrested and convicted were linked to 33 cases that the team investigated. And, that those convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment were charged for murder cases.
Commenting, KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa said: “we are pleased that we have such a team in the province who we can always rely on when we have high-profile, serious and violent crimes within the province.
“These sentences are a clear indication that we have a very reliable capacity to deal with violent criminals in this province,” added Langa.
Meanwhile, some Mozambican and Taiwanese nationals are set to appear before the Benoni Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday for running an underground drug lab.
As learnt, Taiwanese nationals Chi-Yu Fan and Chi-Chin Fan, and Mozambican duo Orcidio Sitoe and Peters Ngwenya are expected to make a formal bail application when they appear before the court.
They were remanded in custody after they made a brief appearance in the same court on Monday.
According to SAPS, “the quartet was arrested last week when the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime, South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau and Vaal Rand K9 raided a plot on Thomas Road in Pomona.
“Police recovered a clandestine laboratory where the suspects manufactured drugs known as Crystal Meth. The value of the lab is estimated at R3 million.
“The four suspects were linked to the underground lab and were subsequently arrested. Police seized drugs, chemicals and drug manufacturing equipment,” SAPS related.
Another suspect believed to be the kingpin of the underground operation is at large but has been ordered to hand himself over to the police within 24 hours.