Victims urged to testify against extortion syndicate
Three men alleged to be part of an extortion syndicate were arrested on Wednesday.
JOHANNESBURG - Police hope that more victims will now come forward following the arrest of three suspected members of a robbery and extortion syndicate on Wednesday.
Eyewitness News reported how the suspects, including a set of twins, were rounded up at various locations across northern Johannesburg including Sandton's Michelangelo Towers.
Police are searching for at least one more suspect, who was been linked to the syndicate.
The police's Sam Tselanyane said the suspects face a variety of charges including attempted murder, and detectives are working to link them to other cases.
“There is a possibility that three suspects will still be linked to other cases that we’re investigating.”
Forensic consultant Paul O'Sullivan who assisted with the case said the syndicate targeted wealthy Muslims but has now been paralysed.
“We’re hoping that some people affected by the syndicate will be coming out of the woodwork because many of them have been afraid to come forward.”
The arrests follows months of intense investigations and officials believe the men violently attacked people that owed them money.
The syndicate is also linked to a robbery and attempted murder of a man who won money at a casino.
The men are due to appear in court soon.
(Edited by Clare Matthes)