14 Cape gangsters get hefty sentences

Fourteen members of the Junior Cisco Yakkies gang were sentenced to 20 years each.

FILE:  Seven others were given suspended sentences. Picture: RSC Inc.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police say they are pleased by the lengthy prison sentences handed down to several members of a notorious gang.

Fourteen members of the Junior Cisko Yakkies gang were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in the Western Cape High Court this week, in separate cases dating back to 2013.

Seven others were given suspended sentences.

The head of the police's operation combat Jeremy Veary says it was often dangerous investigating these cases.

"We struggled during the course of this investigation. Our lead investigator got death threats, we had to relocate the person, we had to relocate people from Worcester who are part of it. An attempt was made by the mother of one of the suspects to obtain a docket and get witnesses to change statements."

Last year, five Correctional Services Department officials were arrested for allegedly aiding gang and drug activity at Worcester Prison.

The officials were apprehended in a major joint operation between police and the Hawks.

They face charged relating to corruption, organised crime and drug trafficking.

The five officials were accused of assisting members of the Yakkies gang in prison over a period of time.

LISTEN: Provincial Commander of Operation Combat, Major General Jeremy Veary speaks to Cape Talk about large-scale gang operations and how they're combatted.