FNB Ferndale Robbery: Hawks Nab Two Security Personnel


Information from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that Hawks’ National Bureau of Illegal Firearms Control and Priority Violent Crimes has arrested the perpetrators of the FNB Ferndale robbery.

Two Chubb Security Personnel were arrested for the FNB Ferndale robbery which happened in December 2016.

As alleged, the suspects – Maredi Bernard Letsoalo and Norman William Moeli – conspired with other accomplices to rob the bank with their company’s resources.

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“They apparently drilled the wall to gain access to the bank volt. About three hundred and sixty-two (362) safety deposit boxes containing valuables such as firearms, jewellery, money, and documents, were stolen,” SAPS related.

Three day after the robbery, police efforts led to the recovery of only two hundred and fifty (250) safety deposit boxes. The boxes were damaged, forced opened and emptied at an open field near FNB stadium.

According to SAPS, the investigation team handling the case worked around the clock and nabbed the unsuspecting Letsoalo in Winterveldt, Pretoria and Moeli in Centurion.

During the arrest, police recovered an unlicensed firearm and ammunition from one of the suspects.

Already, the duo have appeared before the Randburg Magistrates’ Court for business robbery and possession of unlicensed firearm. The case was postponed to 13 February 2016 for formal bail application and further investigation.

It was indicated that more arrests are imminent.

Meanwhile, 72 human trafficking victims have been rescued by the Hawks.

From our gatherings, the victims are foreigners trafficked from Swaziland and Lesotho to South Africa for labour exploitation. They were allegedly been exploited  in one of the factories in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal.

After members received information about foreign nationals who were kept in a certain factory in the area, a search warrant was swiftly obtained and Hawks members together with Department of Labour as well as Home Affairs officials swooped the said premises, narrated SAPS. 

The victims were found working shortly after the search was initiated. Preliminary investigation exposed that the victims were brought into South Africa illegally.

BuzzSouthAfrica confirmed that five suspects aged between 18 and 35 were arrested. They were charged for human trafficking and briefly appeared before the Newcastle Magistrates Court yesterday, 6th February 2017.

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Again, not fewer than 80 suspects were arrested in a weekend operation in King Williams Town Cluster.

While some of the suspects were those involved in cases already opened and registered with the police, others were those arrested while the police was conducting crime prevention in their policing precinct.

Charges against the suspects range from drunken driving to common robbery, housebreaking with the intent to steal, shoplifting, malicious damage to property, common assault and murder.

SAPS said the suspects will soon appear before the Magistrates’ Courts around King Williams Town Cluster soon.

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