'SA no playground for thugs'

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

KwaZulu-Natal police yesterday issued a stern warning to organised criminals that "this country is not their playground".

The warning follows a joint operation between KwaZulu-Natal and London police thatresulted in the cracking of the mystery surrounding the discovery of a luxury Mitshubishi Outlander at the Durban harbour, containing 300000 British pounds (about R4,4million).

The vehicle was shipped from London and was destined for Zimbabwe.

British authorities had asked the Pietermaritzburg organised crime unit to be on the lookout for it in the country. It had been used in a series of armed robberies and cash-in-transit heists in central London.

Two Zimbabweans were arrested in London in early December in connection with the crimes.

Police spokesman Director Phindile Hadebe said the discovery of the stolen currency should send a strong message to other criminals.

British police yesterday took the recovered money back to London to be used as an exhibit in the trial of the two suspects.