Members of a syndicate alleged to have carried out 11 murders for insurance payouts are expected to appear in the Kariega Magistrate’s Court in the Eastern Cape today.

Six of the suspects were arrested on Friday during a multidisciplinary and well-co-ordinated operation where warrants of arrest were executed at the residence of the suspects in Kwanobuhle and Despatch.

The Sunday Tribune reports that police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said the group was wanted for several murders, and the arrest came after 10 months of intense investigations by the Queenstown Murder and Robbery Unit and the Cradock Commercial Crimes Investigation Unit.

She said investigators managed to link the syndicate to numerous hit killings in Kwadwesi, Kwanobuhle, Despatch, Whittlesea and Kamesh. 

‘The suspects were connected to these cases through ballistic linkages and insurances policies. The seventh suspect is at St Albans Prison awaiting trial for a possession of firearm case and will be charged with the other six suspects,’ Naidu said.

The suspects will face at least 11 counts of murder, racketeering, fraud and the possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.

Full Sunday Tribune report