Prop­erty hi­jack­ers nabbed in Malvern

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

SCity of Jo­han­nes­burg Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor Cllr Her­man Mashaba us­pected prop­erty hi­jack­ers were ar­rested last night at two hi­jacked prop­er­ties in Malvern, East of Jo­han­nes­burg. Four sus­pects were ar­rested at No 14, 3rd Street while 17 sus­pects were ar­rested at No 12 -12A, 22nd Street in Malvern.

The ar­rest fol­lows a st­ing op­er­a­tion led by the City’s Group Foren­sic and In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice (GFIS) De­part­ment work­ing to­gether with the South African Po­lice Ser­vice (SAPS) and the Jo­han­nes­burg Metropoli­tan Po­lice De­part­ment (JMPD).

The sus­pects were ex­pected to ap­pear in the Jeppestown Mag­is­trate’s Court where they will be charged for con­tempt of court, tres­pass­ing and ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty. It is al­leged that the sus­pects hi­jacked the prop­er­ties which be­long to one owner in 2013 and 2014 re­spec­tively. The sus­pected hi­jack­ers have de­nied the owner ac­cess to his prop­er­ties al­leg­ing that he was a hi­jacker and was in­tim­i­dated in the process.

The owner then ob­tained an evic­tion or­der last year which was ex­e­cuted but the sus­pected hi­jack­ers force­fully moved back into the prop­erty the same day. The owner then ap­proached the GFIS which worked to­gether with Saps Jo­han­nes­burg East Clus­ter in in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ters.

“I am de­lighted that an­other prop­erty owner has fi­nally gained con­trol of his prop­er­ties which were in the hands of the hi­jack­ers. This bring the to­tal num­ber of prop­er­ties handed back to right­ful own­ers to 31.

“Crim­i­nals must know that they might run but there is no place for them to hide in Jo­han­nes­burg. Op­er­a­tion Buya Mthetho re­mains de­ter­mined to en­sur­ing that the rule of law re­turns to our com­mu­ni­ties.

“The City will not leave any stone un­turned when deal­ing with crim­i­nals and we will con­tinue to in­ten­sify the raids at these bad and hi­jacked prop­er­ties with the as­sis­tance of SAPS and other law en­force­ment agen­cies,” Mashaba said.

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