Sunday, January 27, 2013

Gang busts into casino, three people shot

Andrea van Wyk | 2 hours ago BRAKPAN - Two security guards and a police reservist were shot and wounded when a gang stormed Carnival City Casino, on the East Rand, during the early hours of Monday morning. The gunmen ordered patrons at the casino to lie on the ground and broke into the safe, taking some money with them as they fled the scene. Gauteng police's Julia Claassen said, “A shift manager of the casino managed to alert the police. The police responded and a shootout ensued between the suspects and the police.” No on was arrested arrests and officers were hunting for the gang. (Edited by Katleho Mogase) EWN - - - COMMENTS BY SONNY - - It is obvious this large gang had inside information. Could they be the same robbers were were responsible for casino robberies in the past? EX EMPLOYEES FROM ZIMBABWE COME TO MIND HERE!

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    Casino heist: ‘Probe gang’s release’

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    Several former members of the Cato Manor unit said they had tried to warn their Gauteng counterparts that the Sibaya suspects may be released.

    01 February 2013 | PAUL KIRK

    THE release of six men from Westville Prison last week, despite being wanted by police on numerous bank robbery charges should be investigated by the Public Protector.

    Johann Burger, a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, said he was shocked by events.

    “I am not sure how much more of this sort of monumental incompetence our country can survive.

    “I am not surprised that the Hawks are keeping quiet, I would too. This is hugely embarrassing.

    “As it is the duty of the police to execute arrest warrants I believe the blame for releasing suspects wanted on such serious cases has to lie with the police.

    “Nobody should be allowed to walk out of a prison if there are warrants out for their arrest.”

    Burger said the release of the gang should be investigated by the Public Protector.

    “It is the duty of the Public Protector to protect the public. In this case I believe the public have definitely been placed in danger by the release of this gang.”

    Despite dozens of warrants of arrest being in circulation for the gang, the six were allowed out the prison after being acquitted on charges of robbing Sibaya Casino north of Durban.

    In Joburg on Monday Carnival City Casino was robbed by a gang of robbers using a modus operandi allegedly matching that of the gang that robbed Sibaya Casino.

    Yesterday requests in writing for comment from the Minister of Police were not responded to.

    Nor was comment forthcoming from Anwar Dramat, national commander of the Hawks.