Eleven wanted suspects were arrested by the Durban Flying Squad for various crimes this week during an intelligence-led operation aimed at cleaning up areas such as KwaMashu, Umlazi and Cato Manor, the SAPS reported in a media statement. The crimes for which the suspects were arrested include murder, hijacking, armed robbery, business robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
During the raid, the police recovered a gun, ammunition, a knife and several other items suspected to be stolen. Among those arrested was a gang of six wanted suspects who were involved in armed robberies in the KwaMashu and Cato Manor areas. The arrest of these suspects came after the members of the Flying Squad followed up on information on them and raided their den in Nkondlo Road in KwaMashu. After searching the suspects, the police found them in possession of ammunition and a 9mm pistol. They were all arrested and charged with armed robbery and possession of ammunition and an unlicensed firearm.
Another one was arrested at Umlazi on his way to sell a car he had hijacked at Umbilo on Sunday. It is reported that he shot the owner of the car. Somehow the members of the Flying Squad found out that he was going to sell it at Umlazi V section. They followed him and spotted the stolen vehicle at Umlazi. When the suspect realized that he was being followed, he drove away, trying to escape. However, after a kilometer he crashed the car and fled the scene on foot. He was then chased until he was apprehended. He was found in possession of leather gloves ID documents, keys and cell phones. He was charged with attempted murder and carjacking.