Illegal Diamond Dealers, Hawks Save SA From 1.7 Million Loss


Reports from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has confirmed the arrest and detention of illegal diamond dealers.

As related, it was Hawks intelligence driven investigation project which started in 2012 that enabled the arrest of the illegal diamond dealers and completely halted their operations.

Hardlife Bhebhura (35), a Zimbabwean citizen and Rodrigues Lima Jose Jorge (49) were arrested in Springbok as the kingpins of the illegal operations after they had transacted with an undercover agent.

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“Covert led investigation uncovered the alleged illegal enterprise operating through runners from Springbok, Port Nolloth and Steinkopf. The illegally acquired diamonds would eventually be exported out of the country.

Upon their arrest…about 123 Diamonds (-90.43 carats) worth more than 1.7 million rand were recovered. Both suspects were each charged with three counts of dealing and possession of uncut diamond and more arrests are imminent,” SAPS related.

The suspects appeared before the Springbok Magistrates Court yesterday, and the case was postponed to 1st  February 2017.

While Rodrigues Lima was released on R25 000 bail, Hardlife Bhebhura was remanded in custody and his bail application will be heard on 1 February 2017.

Also, BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that a suspect was arrested in Manenberg for the illegal possession of crayfish.

The suspect was arrested while SAPS members were conducting crime prevention duties in the Manenberg area.

SAPS members searched a residence and discovered 2543 undersized crayfish tails and 73 whole crayfish with an estimated street value of R300 000. See picture below.

Suspect arrested in Manenberg for the illegal possession of crayfish1

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Suspect arrested in Manenberg for the illegal possession of crayfish

The suspect, a 26-year-old man, appeared before a court in Athlone on Monday for the illegal possession of crayfish.

Again, BuzzSouthAfrica was informed that SAPS made a huge breakthrough with the arrest of a suspect believed to be the ringleader of a gang responsible for hijackings in Ekurhuleni.

The 50-year-old man was arrested in Springs Ekurhuleni for possession of suspected hijacked and stolen vehicles.

SAPS narrated that police and Tracker Unit were following up on information of a hijacked vehicle, and was led to a house where the hijacked vehicle was recovered.

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“Police also discovered that the house was used as a chop-shop as other stripped cars and various car parts were found in the yard and inside the house.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the owner of the house also owns a ‘scrapyard’ in Springs. That is where the police found four more cars that were reported stolen in Ekurhuleni and other cars that had been tampered with.”

Expressing the hope to make more arrests soon, SAPS disclosed that the arrested suspect is expected to appear at Springs Magistrates Court soon.

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