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2020/12/03      |  Written By:  Warrant Officer N Filander   |   Province:  Western Cape

Mfuleni SAPS –  Through proper pamphlet distribution and informative efforts by SAPS members and their community policing partners in the Mfuleni policing precinct, people have come to learn the seriousness and negative impact extortion has on communities. It has become clearer by the day through a number of media reports how businesses and residents are experiencing extortion from gangsters.   

An extortion case was registered on Monday evening (30 November 2020) by a complainant from Wesbank, after alleged gang members threatened him and his family. They demanded a substantial amount of money from the complainant, who then made the payment. SAPS investigators and members attached to the station gang unit made a breakthrough in the case and arrested four of the alleged gang members. The male suspects aged, 21, 31, 34 and 44 from Wesbank area will appear tomorrow (Thursday, 03 November 2020) in the Blue Downs Magistrates' Court on Extortion charges.     

The Station Commander of Mfuleni SAPS, Brigadier Fana Dlamini, applauded the SAPS members for their commitment in bringing the suspects to book, and urge the public to come forward in reporting similar extortion cases. They can report these crimes anonymously by phoning the SAPS Extortion Hotline on (021) 466 0011 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.