For a second time, Gauteng MEC for Community Safety has congratulated police for arresting the leader of the notorious "Sandton Knife Gang".
"I am ecstatic at the speedy re-arrest of the gang leader and I want to congratulate the police on a job well done," Firoz Cachalia said yesterday. "The Sandton community must be relieved, especially the victims of the gang, as the news that he was outside caused panic and anxiety."
After making a daring escape from the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Thursday, William "Big Spender" Lehasa was arrested in Tembisa on Monday night.
Four members of the Sandton Tracking Task Team had received a tip-off from an informer and pounced on Lehasa while he was being driven in a BMW.
The police are continuing their search for Lehasa's accomplice, Siphelele Quvane, one of five brothers operating in the gang. The two suspects managed to unlock their leg irons, run through a packed courtroom and make a clean getaway.
Dumisane Quvane, the only brother who has not been arrested, is also on the loose.
On Monday night, after arresting Lehasa, the task team worked into the night following up information about Dumisane's whereabouts.
It is estimated that the gang, who robbed at least 18 of the most secure complexes in the northern suburbs, stole goods worth more than R10-million.
The gangsters are due back in court tomorrow.
ecstatic: Gauteng MEC for Safety Firoz Cachalia hails police's success.
By Alex Eliseev
The Star 06/09/06