Buzzsouthafrica learnt from SAPS (South African Police Service) that assets worth R1.7 million belonging to a well known self-proclaimed Cape Town gang leader have been confiscated by police officers.
As gathered, the seizure was made by police attached to the Mitchell’s Plain policing cluster, together with the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) and the director of public prosecutions (DPP).
The assets were reportedly seized after the joint investigation team ransacked various premises owned by the notorious Cape Town gang leader.
The Western Cape police confirmed that after hectic investigations, the team harvested assets worth millions of rand – including luxury motor vehicles, a trailer, a superbike, and vehicles of a business linked to the suspect at his premises in Lentegeur, Mitchell’s Plain; Athlone Industrial; Reindeer Street, Grassy Park; and in Worcester.
In September 2015, the police reportedly confiscated a large quantity of drugs and cash after his house in Grassy Park was raided, including drugs and money amounting to more than R4 million.
Police’s Rwexana said the self-proclaimed gang leader is expected to appear in the Khayelitsha Priority Court on 24 January 2017 on 239 charges, which include dealing in drugs, money laundering, and other charges in terms of POCA [Prevention of Organised Crime Act], which charges relate to racketeering.
Earlier this month, several people were arrested by the Hawks and SAPS during an operation at various areas in KwaMaphumulo and KwaDukuza north of Durban.
The offenders were arrested for various offenses during the operation which saw police visiting taxi ranks, taverns and conducting stop and search in the areas.
According to Hawks boss general Berning Ntlemeza, the operation was aimed at fighting crime and raising awareness especially during the festive season. He also pleaded with the public to work together with police and report crime around their areas as soon as possible.
Many residents described the intervention as timely as both areas have been in the news recently following taxi violence and feud over routes and permits.
The police, on the other hand, reaffirmed its commitment towards the protection of lives and property of community members in the areas.