Two cops arrested for ATM bombings

Posted on | juli 26, 2011 | No Comments

ATM-bomber at work, Emondlo Vryheid, July 16 2001 – A heavily-armed, fifteen member gang carries out military-style precision bombings all across the country and they are still searching for ten suspects, says polices brigadier Neville Malila 25 July 2011 The two arrested cops were stationed at the to and Protea Glen stations.

Police have arrested two police officers suspected of being part of a gang of at least 15 men responsible for a large number of ATM bombings around the country. This brings the total number of arrests in connection with the gang of ATM bombers to five. The police officers were arrested yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 23 July), just hours after police apprehended the alleged shooter of the 33-year-old police reservist, Constable Busisiwe Mehlwana that was gunned down during an ATM bombing at a filling station in Pimville, Soweto earlier this month.

“They continue to strike ATMs with military precision…’

“The ATM bombers are usually heavily armed – and they continue to strike with military precision. We suspect that they (police officers) have been providing ammunition to robbers and murderers,” said Malila.

A Gauteng police task team, under the command of provincial Hawks task-team chief maj.-genl Shadrack Sibiya, arrested the Soweto police-officer yesterday morning. “We can confirm that the suspect was arrested at his home and that evidence was collected that will be sent for analysis,” said Malila. This suspect had featured on CCTV footage released by police and the anonymous tip-off service Crime Line recently. Earlier in the week, two other gang members were arrested after receiving tip-offs from the public.

The gang struck again in Vryheid this week and CCTV footage captured four of the men. Head of Crime Line Yusuf Abramjee said ‘scores of credible tip-offs have come through to the anonymous 32211 SMS service and to Crime Stop since the footage of the ATM bombers was made public. The arrests made so far have been as a direct result of tip-offs and good and quick police work,” he said. Abramjee said police were on the heels of the other ATM bombers and “it’s only a matter of time before they are arrested. I’m told that a few have already been positively identified,” he added.

AUTHOR: Adriana Stuijt
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