Police nabbed another Boko Haram gang member after his accomplices were sentenced earlier this year. PHOTO: SAPS

Police finally nab WANTED ‘Boko Haram’ gang member

Police arrested some of the Boko Haram members last year who were convicted and sentenced in June this year, but another was recently found.


Police nabbed another Boko Haram gang member after his accomplices were sentenced earlier this year. PHOTO: SAPS

Police have finally nabbed a member of the so-called ‘Boko Haram’ gang who has been on Gauteng’s most wanted list.

The gang has been terrorising the community of Mamelodi in recent years, with some having been caught and prosecuted and sentenced last year.


The gang member has been on the run since his accomplices were detained last year. But he was arrested among 1 655 suspects during the police’s Operation O Kae Molao this past weekend.

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Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo says the Boko Haram member was wanted for crimes including extortion and aggravated robberies.

He appeared before the Mamelodi Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

“Senior management of the police in Gauteng was on the ground this past weekend, leading integrated crime prevention operations and tracing wanted suspects.”

Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo
Police arrested more than 1 600 people during Operation O Kae Molao in Gauteng at the weekend. PHOTO: SAPS


The operation, led by Gauteng provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela and his deputies, took place in various parts of the province.

In Johannesburg, particularly Eldorado Park and Dieploof, Soweto, more than 495 suspects were arrested. They face charges of murder, possession of unlicenced firearm, dealing in drugs, drunk driving and suspected undocumented foreign nationals.

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In Ekurhuleni, more than 496 suspects were detained for crimes including rape, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, fraud, robbery and murder.

Tshwane’s intelligence-driven operation saw the arrest of 380 suspects. They are detained for possession of suspected stolen motor vehicle, possession of suspected stolen property, malicious damage to property, car hijacking, fraud and attempted murder.

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“Illegal miners who are suspected to be behind various crimes in the West Rand district are among 174 suspects who were arrested in the district. Other suspects were arrested for crimes that include murder, house robbery, malicious damage to property and tampering with essential infrastructure.”

The Sedibeng district saw 120 suspects arrested for rape, murder possession of drugs and malicious damage to property.

“The suspects are to appear before various Magistrate’s Courts from Monday,” said Masondo.