Sindani said it was alleged that the owner of the property leased it to a tenant back in 2015 and they came to an agreement that the tenant could sublet and collect monthly rental on behalf of the owner.
"The new tenants had refused to sign subletting contracts. At the time‚ the owner had also decided to renovate the property.
"While they were busy with renovations‚ a group of about 50 people overpowered the security guard and forcefully moved into the property‚" Sindani said.
The matter was then reported to Group Forensic and Investigation Service (GFIS) in September 2018 for investigation.
The suspects were arrested on Thursday morning. The group will be charged with trespassing and malicious damage to property.
"While the team was busy making arrests‚ a vehicle passed by the hijacked property. Shots were fired into the air from the vehicle before the car drove off‚" Sindani said.
The gunmen are still on the run.
"No amount of intimidation will stop our dedicated teams from winning back properties which are in the hands of hijackers.
"Criminals must know that they might run but there is no place for them to hide in Johannesburg."
A total of 34 properties have been handed back to their rightful owners.