PRETORIA – The man who is alleged to have been part of a group "terrorising" the community of Mamelodi over a period of time has been arrested.
Police had obtained a warrant for Vusi Reginald Mathibela also known as "Vusi Khekhe" following cases of extortion, intimidation and assault levelled against him.
At the funeral of slain Matwetwe actor Sibusiso Khwinana, Police Minister Bheki Cele had promised to bring to book suspects who had been identified as terrorising communities in Pretoria’s townships.
“The long arm of the law knows no boundaries, and will forever take its course no matter who you are. Residents of Mamelodi have been living in fear for far too long, the authority of the State will be felt and heard in all corners of South Africa” said Cele.
“We shall continue to stay true to our mission as the police to prevent and combat anything that may threaten the safety and security of any community and investigate all crimes and further ensure that offenders are brought to justice.”
Khekhe handed himself over to the police in Germiston on Tuesday night.
“The Minister and the National Commissioner of Police engaged the community of Mamelodi East, firstly on 25 February 2019 during which time it emerged that Vusi Khekhe and the group have allegedly been terrorising the community of Mamelodi and surrounding areas. This was followed by a second visit on 1 March 2019 when a multidisciplinary stabilisation intervention was launched,” police said in a statement.
“This intervention resulted in the arrest of six suspects on 8 March 2019, just a week after the launch of the stabilisation operations.”
Police said three of the suspects, Zwelibanzi Ngubane, Justice Khumalo and Asante Alfred were charged with possession of unlicensed firearms.
The trio appeared in the Alexander Magistrate's Court on Monday and were released on R2000 bail each.
Their case was postponed to April for further investigation.
Police further revealed that the fourth and fifth suspects, Elias Skosana and Kompi Stemmer Monageng were charged with extortion, intimidation and assault.
The duo appeared at Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday and have been remanded in custody until 15 March 2019.
While the sixth suspect was released pending further investigations on a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm.
Khekhe is due to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court soon.
"We are confident that Vusi Reginald "Khekhe" Mathibela has cases to answer to", said National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole.
"As part of the Turn-around Vision of the Saps we will continue to stamp the authority of the State by arresting and prosecuting wrongdoers in all communities thus ensuring that people are and feel safe”.