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Police arrest suspects who extort from developers in Pretoria

Media Statement
South African Police Service

Office of the Provincial Commissioner of Gauteng

PARKTOWN - Three suspects who were arrested after forcing the developer to stop the project unless they are offered a share are expected to appear at Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 21 July 2021 facing charges of extortion, harassment and intimidation.

It is reported that the trio who are aged 30, 35 and 49 stormed into a construction site in Silverton, Tshwane and threatened the site manager and employees, demanding that the project stop unless they are given a stake from the project.

The Police's Provincial Tasks Team based at Tshwane District was notified of the intimidation and immediately proceeded to the scene and found the suspects who were stopping the project. The three suspects were arrested and charged of intimidation, harassment and extortion.

Gauteng Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Tommy Mthombeni welcomed the arrests and emphasised that those who interfere with legally operating developers will be dealt with decisively. "We will not allow hooligans who will act against legal projects and pursue their unlawful conducts by harassing and intimidating other people".


Captain Mavela Masondo
071 608 5490