South Africa: Hawks arrest five in crackdown on organised crime syndicate – South African News Briefs – 10 July 2024

South Africa: Hawks arrest five in crackdown on organised crime syndicate – South African News Briefs – 10 July 2024

Hawks arrest five in crackdown on organised crime syndicate

The Hawks have targeted a suspected organised crime group, arresting five people for their alleged involvement in drug trafficking and murder, according to News24. Hawks spokesperson Warrant Officer Zinzi Hani said the suspects, aged between 41 and 57, were arrested in connection with investigations into murder, drug trafficking and possession of firearms and ammunition. Those arrested included the brother of a notorious Cape Town underworld figure. The arrests were made in both Gauteng and the Western Cape.

Durban mosque remains open after suspected attack

The Musjidur Rahman Mosque in Durban North will remain open despite a reported attempted terrorist attack, according to IOLMosque officials said the law would not deter the Muslim community from practicing their faith or engaging in dialogue with other faiths. The move comes after suspects allegedly planted two homemade bombs at the mosque, located at 131 Kenneth Kaunda Road. Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said bomb disposal technicians from the South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed the devices were improvised explosive devices containing commercial materials. Musjidur Rahman trustee Yusuf Desai said the mosque had stepped up security measures, urging anyone with information about or the motives for the attempted bombing, or who may have been in the vicinity during the incident, to contact law enforcement or the mosque directly.

eThekwini City Council to elect new mayor

Special session of eThekwini City Council to vote on appointment of new mayor, reports SABC News. This comes after the African National Congress redeployed Mxolisi Kaunda to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in Cape Town. eThekwini, the only ANC-run metropolis in the country, has been criticised by residents over various service delivery issues, including water shortages and sewerage system failures. Last month, the ANC reassigned Cyril Xaba, a former chairperson of the National Assembly’s defence portfolio committee, to the eThekwini metropolitan council. Xaba, who served as KwaZulu-Natal’s MEC for agriculture from 2014 to 2019, filled the position vacated by Kaunda. Kaunda, welcoming his redeployment, defended his record against criticism of the metropolis’ service delivery, saying its achievements speak for themselves.

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