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2021/02/04      |  Written By:  Warrant Officer N Filander   |   Province:  Western Cape

Mfuleni SAPS –  Extortion has become a huge crime problem with a negative economic impact in some communities, including Mfuleni. That is why Mfuleni police station have launched several crime awareness initiatives to make communities and businesses more aware of the negative impact extortion has on the community and businesses.     

In an unexpected turn of events earlier today (03 February 2021) around 07:00, Mfuleni SAPS arrested three occupants of a white Avanza, just outside the Mfuleni police station in Blue Downs. Yesterday morning (02 February 2021) around 06:30 a 36-year-old male was busy picking up work colleagues in Mfuleni, extension 6, with his red Conquest. While driving, occupants in a white Toyota Avanza forced him to stop, and told him to drive his vehicle to the new taxi rank in Nqubelani Street, Mfuleni. They illegally impounded his vehicle and took his vehicle keys, and demanded him to pay an undisclosed amount of money for the release of his vehicle. The complainant indicated to the suspects that he don’t have money to pay for the release of his vehicle, but later in the day the suspects released his vehicle without paying them any money.     

Then earlier this morning (03 February 2021) around 06:30, while the victim was driving his red Conquest on Klipfontein Road in Mfuleni, he noticed the same white Avanza and suspects of yesterday, following him. He then drove with great speed with the suspects chasing him, to the Mfuleni police station in Blue Downs, where he pointed out the three suspects to police officers who was on duty. All three male suspects aged, 36, 45 and 51 from Mfuleni were arrested for extortion.  

The three suspects will make their first court appearance on Friday morning, 05 February 2021, in the Blue Downs Magistrates' Court after being charged for extortion.     

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