Michele du Plessis
According to Captain Erick Swanepoel, Phoenix K9 Flying Squad, they have apprehended 42 suspects over the past four weeks.
In GPS News Edition 133, the following was reported: On February 8th, Captain Erik Swanepoel and Phoenix K9 Security teams, together with DPCI Middelburg and Transnet Security managed to apprehend and arrest suspects at Hendriksdal plantation.
“We recovered 320 2,5m length railway tracks, valued at R500 000. A white Hino truck, valued at R600 000 was seized, as well as a white Toyota Single Cab valued at R250 000,” Captain Swanepoel, Phoenix K9, said. In further developments concerning the syndicate that is stealing the railway tracks, another suspect was apprehended. “We confiscated tools from the suspect. The Hawks from Middelburg came to fetch him. Approximately 30 km of tracks have already been removed,” Captain Swanepoel said.
“Last week, we apprehended 14 Zama-Zama’s at Hendriksdal near the old TGME mine. One of the illegal gold miners said that they can’t go to Pilgrim’s Rest as that area is controlled by the guys from Lesotho. The people from Lesotho have AK47, R4’s and other firearms. On March 13th, a man was shot in Pilgrim’s Rest. We transported the Zama-Zama’s to Graskop SAPS,” Captain Swanepoel said.
The Phoenix team also apprehended 26 illegal immigrants between Graskop and Bosbokrand. “We were on routine patrol, searching for stolen power saws when we came across these immigrants. They were handed over to Pilgrim’s Rest and Graskop SAPS.”
Furthermore, Phoenix apprehended timber thieves at Bergvliet plantation and they have recovered 4 power saws, one stolen vehicle, two trucks, one bakkie and various tools and cutting equipment.