Hawks probe Vaal gang police links

It’s also understood among the seven people arrested was the crime ring kingpin.

The Hawks are investigating whether a gang of seven suspected hitmen arrested in the Vaal, had members of the police and courts on their payroll. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks are investigating whether a gang of seven suspected hitmen arrested in the Vaal had members of the police and courts on their payroll.

The seven men have been arrested following the deaths of at least three taxi bosses and a crackdown on taxi violence in the area.

The men are believed to be members of the Vaal Taxi Association and were arrested during operations by the police in Gauteng over the past three months.

Hawks spokesman Paul Ramaloko says, "We're not sure if indeed there were police officers and prosecutors who are on the payroll of this gang but we believe that if this is the case, the investigation will reveal so."

Ramaloko says the arrest of the seven men is a big breakthrough for the authorities and will hopefully end the siege of murders in the area.

"Indeed this is a breakthrough for us and we believe that it will of course bring solace to the community of Vaal."

It's also understood among the seven people arrested is the kingpin that organised the killings.