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The South African Police Service has arrested six suspects implicated in airport follow-home crime. SAPS is now investigating the possibility that suspects arrested on Friday night may be the same individuals responsible for the robbery of seven foreign visitors at Colette Drive on Thursday night last week, according to police spokesperson, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo.

One of the suspects was a manager at Mafoko Security Patrols. The company has since distanced itself from the arrest, saying in a statement released on Monday: "We had no prior knowledge of (the suspects’) actions and we were not aware that our vehicles were misused for the commission of these crimes. The individuals acted in their own personal capacity and outside of our scope of services. We are co-operating with law-enforcement authorities in these investigations and we are assisting in whatever way possible to ensure that the perpetrators atone for their heinous crimes.”

Mafoko says the suspects’ line of work does not include that particular site. “The alleged ‘security company manager’ was deployed elsewhere and his line of work required that he be provided with a marked security vehicle at all times, a privilege which he has clearly abused.”

When asked what processes were being put in place to ensure that another incident such as this does not occur again within Mafoko Security Patrols, the company declined to comment.

Naidoo told News24 that the SAPS team who made the Friday arrest, acted on information, monitored a security vehicle and discovered that this vehicle was following a sedan from OR Tambo travelling towards Sandton. Police stopped the security vehicle with two men inside. One of the men, the security manager, was wanted for possession of an unlicensed firearm and an armed robbery in Limpopo province. Both were arrested on the scene. 
 
Naidoo added that four other men were arrested in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, in the early hours of Saturday morning. All six suspects are between 23 and 38 years of age. Police found several incriminating items on the scene, including the security vehicle, during the arrests in Hillbrow. 



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