Crime busting unit sends perps to prison

THE KwaZulu-Natal Vehicle Identification Section have reason to smile after it achieved good convictions in cases it investigated at the end of 2016.

According to Colonel Thembeka Mbele, from 1 October up to 31 December, officers presented good evidence that lead to the conviction and sentencing of 27 accused for various vehicle related crimes such as hijacking, theft of motor vehicles, possession of stolen vehicles and possession of unlicensed firearms.

“These suspects were sentenced by various magistrate’s courts in the province and their sentences are between five years and 18 years imprisonment. They committed these crimes in places that included the greater Durban area, Margate, Empangeni, Newcastle, Osizweni, Richards Bay and Umbumbulu.

KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa welcomed the convictions and sentencing of these criminals. He said the criminals are regarded as dangerous as at times they used violence when hijacking vehicles from the owners. He urged the community to always be vigilant when driving their vehicles and report any suspicious-looking people or vehicles in their vicinity to the police.

Lauren Walford

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