Man found in possession of 20 two-way radios

Some of the exhibits which were seized by police officers.

A joint operation by the Provincial Organised Crime, National Intervention Unit, Metro Crime Prevention and eThekwini Outer North Crime Intelligence led to the arrest of a 30-year-old man, who was found in possession of emergency service two-way radio equipment.

The suspect was caught red-handed while monitoring the two-way radios at an outbuilding in Morningside, Durban. The arrested suspect has appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court and was charged in terms of the telecommunications act, possession of suspected stolen property and defeating the ends of justice.

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The police officers arrived at the outbuilding following information regarding illegal monitoring of police and emergency services operations. The police officers took at least one week monitoring and observing the illegal criminal activities.

Police suspected that there might be someone who was leaking information on police operations to criminals. Provincial police spokesman, Lt Col Thulani Zwane said while inside the outbuilding, the suspect was found with different two-way radios and was listening to activities by Metro Police, SAPS and EMRS on the different channels. A total of 20 two-way radios were confiscated and will be used as exhibits.

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The KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner, Maj Gen Bheki Langa congratulated the police officers involved in the operation.

“This is a testimony that police deployments and multi-disciplinary operations in the province are reaping good results. Investigations will continue as to how the two-way radios landed in the suspect’s hands,” he said.

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