Electronic bracelet leads to Staggie arrest

3762359269Cape Town – An electronic monitoring bracelet worn by former Hard Livings gang boss Rashied Staggie led police to one of three luxury cars travelling in convoy, loaded with stolen whisky, cigars and guns.

Staggie was arrested.

The allegedly reformed gang leader and three other suspects were traced to the N1 near Canal Walk where they were arrested on Thursday during police investigations into a theft in Joburg.

Expensive whisky, cigars and firearms were stolen from the City Deep suburb earlier this month.

At the time of Staggie’s arrest, the second time he has been taken back into custody since his release on parole less than three years ago, Staggie was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet as per his parole conditions.

On Thursday Correctional Services spokesman Manelisi Wolela said the bracelet would now be removed since Staggie was now in custody.

His parole officially ends next year.

“We’re also conducting our own investigation (into his arrest),” he said.

Staggie and the other three suspects are expected in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Asked to comment on Friday, Staggie’s lawyer Janos Mihalik told Weekend Argus he had not known of his client’s arrest.

But he said Staggie had been worried it would happen.

“He felt they wanted to put him away,” Mihalik said.

Prior to his arrest Staggie was involved in giving motivational talks mainly to young men involved in gangsterism and drug abuse.

Without naming Staggie on Friday, provincial Hawks spokesman Lieutenant Lloyd Ramovha, said four suspects were arrested on Thursday while police were following leads in the Joburg theft case. That

case was reported at the Cleveland police station in Gauteng.

“Three luxury vehicles driving in a convoy on the N1 near Canal Walk were stopped and searched, resulting in the arrest of four suspects aged between 20 and 60 years old, after three handguns, several boxes of expensive whisky and cigars were found in their possession,” Ramovha said.

The items were confiscated.

Staggie and the three other suspects face charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, as well as suspected stolen property.

In 2003 Staggie was jailed for 15 years for his role in the kidnapping and rape of a teenage girl.

The following year he was sentenced to 13 years in jail for stealing firearms from a police armoury.

The sentences ran concurrently and Staggie served 11 years in prison.

In September 2013 he was released on day parole, which involved staying in prison at night and going home during the day. But he was arrested in December that year for apparently breaking his bail conditions by associating with known gangsters.

His day parole was then revoked, but was reinstated in February 2014 after his case was re-evaluated.

His day parole was changed to full parole in September 2014.


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Car with drugs stolen, dealer reports hijacking to Parkview Police

PARKVIEW – After a drug deal went wrong, where the car containing the drugs were stolen, the dealer reported the car stolen to Parkview Police, prompting some stellar police work by the investigating officers.

The Parkview police have been hard at work after a suspicious case of hijacking was opened at their police station recently.

This prompted officers to join hands in investigating the matter, according to Sergeant Iris Phoko, head of Social Crime Prevention at Parkview Police Station.

Upon extensive investigation conducted by Major Sandile Mkhize, it was found that the case which had been reported was false.

“A Nigerian national has been arrested by the police for perjury and defeating the ends of justice,” said Phoko.

She further added how the complainant had falsified that he was hijacked along Greenway and Muirfield Road in the Parkview precinct.

“While investigating, Mkhize found that the complainant had allegedly been conducting a drop-off containing drugs when the deal allegedly went wrong. The guys he was allegedly delivering the drugs to got away with the drugs as well as the car used to drop off the drugs,” explained Phoko.

After discovering the case had been allegedly falsified, the man was detained at the Parkview Police Station for further investigations to take place.

“We are aware of theft out of motor vehicle cases being reported at the station. However, some of these cases are fabricated and falsely reported. We will arrest those who lie to the police and defeat the ends of justice about such cases,” concluded Phoko.

Details: Parkview Police Station 011 486 5000.


Joburg CBD police arrest 126 crime suspects

JOHANNESBURG – Johannesburg Central police arrested 216 people during crime-combating operations from Friday to Sunday morning, Gauteng police said.

The suspects were arrested in the Mondeor, Booysens, Moffatview, Langlaagte, Fairlands, Sophiatown, Brixton, and Johannesburg Central areas, Warrant Officer Xoli Mbele said.

The arrests included five for common robbery, 13 for armed robbery, six for possession of a hijacked motor vehicle, seven for possession of a stolen motor vehicle, two for possession of unlicensed firearms, two for theft out of a motor vehicle, four for rape, seven for housebreaking and theft, six for domestic violence, one for murder, 25 for drunk driving, 31 for possession of drugs, and nine for possession of suspected stolen property.

“The rest of the suspects were arrested for committing other crimes ranging from attempted murder, business burglary, common assault, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, theft, malicious damage to property, shoplifting, and fraud.”

Most of the suspects would appear in various magistrates’ courts in the Johannesburg area soon, Mbele said.

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Notorious Rolex gangsters found guilty

Johannesburg – Three suspected members of the infamous Rolex Gang have been found guilty on nine charges of robbery with aggravated circumstances, one of murder and three of attempted murder.

Betha Mphikeleni, Sipho Mabundla and George Mulaudzi were initially suspected of committing 12 robberies over six weeks in 2014 as part of the Rolex Gang, tracking down people who had recently purchased highly valuable items.

However, on Wednesday in the high court sitting in Palm Ridge, Judge Nomonde Mngqibisa found the trio guilty of nine armed robberies and the murder of their accomplice.

Mphikeleni, Mabundla and Mulaudzi were arrested on April 22, 2014 after a dramatic high-speed chase and shootout with police officer Derek Bruce Macintosh.

During the gunfight, the driver of their vehicle, Clifford Ngcobo, was killed, probably by a bullet fired by one of his cohorts.

Judge Mngqibisa said that alongside forensic analysis clearing Macintosh of being responsible for Ngcobo’s death, the fact that the four men had participated in the shootout meant they all knew one of them could be killed. Because of this, she found the trio all guilty of murder dolus eventualis, for indirectly killing Ngcobo through their behaviour.

The 12 armed robberies that formed the basis of the State’s case involved the three men allegedly using various getaway vehicles to rob their suspects, a white BMW, a Mercedes-Benz and a Chevrolet Lumina.

While forensic evidence had connected them to the incidents using the Mercedes and the Lumina, the judge was unconvinced the State had proved the men’s connection to the three robberies involving the BMW.

The three were also found guilty of two charges of malicious damage to property, two counts of unlawful possession of firearms and one of unlawful possession of ammunition.

Sentencing will begin on July 25.


* March 28 to April 22, 2014: Betha Mphikeleni, Sipho Mabundla and George Mulaudzi executed nine armed robberies.

* March 28, 2014: Carine Dorothea Walker is almost killed near Glenvista by suspects – believed to be the same men – wearing balaclavas in a white Mercedes. When she tried to escape, they opened fired at her car.

* April 1, 2014: Laurent Belle-garde is hijacked in Tulisa Park by men with balaclavas.

* April 3, 2014: Tamsin Scheepers and Julian Kruger are robbed near Media City in Sandton.

* April 8, 2014: Yvonne Gutsche is robbed near Baker Street in Rosebank.

* April 10, 2014: Lisa Anne Niemann is robbed near the Mio Palazzo Complex in Sunninghill.

* April 11, 2014: Daniel Stephen is robbed near the Stoneridge Shopping Centre.

* April 17, 2014: Lance O’Leary is robbed near the Tangiers Complex in Oaklands.

* April 22, 2014: Christine Close is robbed in Rivonia Road in Sandown by armed men.

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Most wanted criminal nabbed in Hillbrow

JOBURG – Joint police operation acts on tip-off and foils a planned business robbery in Hillbrow.

Gauteng Department of Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane applauded the joint operation conducted by Gauteng Traffic Police, National Crime Intelligence, Gauteng Flying Squad and Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department which led to the arrest of two suspects upon receiving a tip-off from a member of the public about a planned business robbery in Hillbrow.

The law enforcement agencies acted swiftly and spotted a vehicle matching the description in Hillbrow with one male occupant.

After stopping the vehicle and conducting an inspection, the police discovered that the car was reported stolen in the same neighbourhood. According to police, the suspect was then taken to his house where nine AK47 rounds and 20 .303 rifle rounds were recovered.

The suspect voluntarily pointed out his accomplice who resides in Melville where a further 14 9mm rounds were found in his possession.

The suspects were detained at Brixton and Hilbrow police stations, respectively.

They were charged with unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a fake identity document. The second suspect, who is a most-wanted criminal, was linked to about 20 cases of business robberies and armed robberies in and outside Gauteng.

Police also linked this suspect to bank robberies in Vosloorus and Johannesburg Central, an attempted business robbery and an attempted murder in Bramley.

Nkosi-Malobane said, “I applaud the whistle-blower who assisted in the arrest of the most-wanted suspect for a spate of business robberies in and outside Gauteng. Community intelligence is indeed key in the fight against crime. I am hopeful that the arrest of these two suspects will restore business confidence in the affected areas.”

Nkosi-Malobane also appealed to the criminal justice system not to grant them bail and to ensure that they face the full might of the law. “I also appeal to the citizens of Gauteng to assist law enforcement agencies in rooting out these brazen and callous criminals from our society,” she said.