Hawks now have 10 cash heist kings

THE Hawks have achieved their target of arresting 10 of the country's most wanted cash-heist masterminds.

THE Hawks have achieved their target of arresting 10 of the country's most wanted cash-heist masterminds.

The last on their list, Seuntjie Christian van Wyk, was arrested on Saturday night in Mabopane, Pretoria.

"His arrest brings to 10 the number of arrests. Another two suspects have been in police custody for at least a week," Hawks spokesperson Musa Zondi said.

He said Van Wyk was linked to a number of cases, including the Soshanguve robbery in 2001, the Themba cash-in-transit robbery in 2005 and the Tsakane case in 2006.

Zondi said that Mthangayi Mukhangayi Nthangahyi, who has been linked to at least three robberies in Kwaggafontein in 2007, in Rosebank in the same year and Muldersdrift last year, was also arrested.

Apart from these two arrests, Zondi said, Albert Lehasa Moloi, wanted for robbing business premises in George as well as numerous other crimes, was also in custody.

"Interestingly, this suspect also faked his own death in 2005, with the death certificate announcing that he died of natural causes. But police can confirm he is alive and kicking and in custody," Zondi said.

He said Van Wyk was with two other men when he was arrested.

"One of them, Alpheus Msiza, is linked to the horrific cash robbery in Limpopo in which four security guards were burnt to death in 2006. The vehicle had been sprayed with a AK-47 and when it overturned, they poured petrol all around it and torched it, killing the four men."

Zondi said the other man, Andries Maimela, is linked to the Witbank Absa robbery in September last year in which R20million was stolen.

"He is also linked to a business robbery in Mafikeng - as well as being convicted of car theft in Pretoria North in 2007."

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