Outrage as suspected members of Nyope gang are set free

More stolen items found in the possession of the suspects. Photo: Submitted.

Drift Reaction, a local security company, working with the Police Trio Task team, once again arrested two suspected members of the Nyaope gang, this time on Thursday, 5 October.

According to the security company, the members of this gang have been terrorising residents of Clinic, Riverside, and Driefontein Roads, and are believed to be responsible for armed robberies, attempted robberies, assault, attempted murder, and theft in the Muldersdrift area.

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This ring is among the items recovered from the Nyaope Gang.
Photo: Submitted.

Jacques Treptow, owner of Drift Reaction said that it had reached the point where a crime was committed in this area every night. “It was so bad that we had to send a squad car to that section of Muldersdrift every night to ensure the safety of the people,” Treptow said.

“One night we responded just in time, as the gang was about to rape a woman. They were already on top of her, choking her and undressing her.”

People living in the area have already started moving to other areas because they fear for their lives.

“Some three months ago, a couple of members of the same gang were arrested and released because the members of the community affected by the crimes were scared to come forward, fearing that they would be victimised,” said Johan Nel, chairman of the Muldersdrift Community Police Forum (CPF). “This time, the same thing happened. I have reported this to both the cluster police and CPF and they have promised to investigate this as soon as possible. I have to follow protocol and work within the structure, but it has become extremely difficult and the community is frustrated. Until this has been fully investigated, everything you hear is a rumour. I can only fully comment once I have all the facts.”

A Facebook post stating that an ID parade would be organised and requesting the victims to come forward and identify the suspects, so that they could be linked to as many cases as possible was released. The security company said it was liaising with the Trio Task Team and would provide details of the ID parade to the community as soon as possible. However, the ID parade never took place, and the suspects were released the following day, in a repeat of the events of three months ago.

A tablet and a cellphone, also among the items recovered.
Photo: Submitted.

According to Drift Security, the police didn’t assign a detective to the case, despite there being evidence such as similar shoe prints on various crime scenes connecting the suspects to the crimes.

Nel has now urged members of the community affected by this gang to open cases, as without these dockets, a strong case against these suspects cannot be built.

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Anyone able to identify the pictured recovered items is requested to send an email to [email protected] to claim them.

The Muldersdrift Police have been contacted for comment, but they have not responded as yet.

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Bianca Pindral
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