‘Spot­ter’ for gangs caught with po­lice ra­dios


A 30-YEAR-old man be­lieved to be work­ing as a spot­ter for lo­cal gangs was ar­rested by po­lice in Morn­ing­side yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

He was charged with con­tra­ven­ing the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions act, pos­ses­sion of sus­pected stolen prop­erty and de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice.

Lieu­tenant- Colonel Thu­lani Zwane, po­lice spokesper­son, said the man was found in pos­ses­sion of emer­gency ser­vice two-way equip­ment.

“The bust was made by mem­bers of the Pro­vin­cial Or­gan­ised Crime Unit, Na­tional In­ter­ven­tion Unit, Metro Crime Pre­ven­tion and eThek­wini Outer North Crime In­tel­li­gence. The sus­pect was caught mon­i­tor­ing th­ese two-way ra­dios at an out­build­ing.

“He will ap­pear in the Dur­ban Mag­is­trate’s Court to­mor­row,” Zwane said.

Zwane said of­fi­cers swooped on the out­build­ing af­ter in­for­ma­tion about il­le­gal mon­i­tor­ing of po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices oper­a­tions.

Af­ter the tip-off, po­lice then did their own mon­i­tor­ing.

“For a week, they mon­i­tored th­ese il­le­gal crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties af­ter the po­lice sus­pected that there might be some­one who may be leak­ing in­for­ma­tion on po­lice oper­a­tions to crim­i­nals.

“In the out­build­ing the sus­pect was found with dif­fer­ent two-way ra­dios lis­ten­ing to ac­tiv­i­ties by metro po­lice, SAPS and EMRS on their dif­fer­ent chan­nels.

“A to­tal of 20 two-way ra­dios were con­fis­cated and will be used as ex­hibits,” Zwane said.

Ma­jor-Gen­eral Bheki Langa, KwaZulu-Natal act­ing pro­vin­cial com­mis­sioner, con­grat­u­lated the of­fi­cers in­volved in the op­er­a­tion.

“This is a tes­ti­mony that po­lice de­ploy­ments and multi-dis­ci­plinary oper­a­tions in the prov­ince are reap­ing good re­sults.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions will con­tinue as to how the two-way ra­dios landed up in the sus­pect’s hands,” he added.

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