- A gang of 9 foreign nationals perpetrated over 50 serious crimes in the West Rand area
- Over the course of two years, scores of people were murdered, women raped and kidnapped
- Their reign of terror was brought to an end thanks to the hard work of Detective Captain Thomas Bvuma and he has been honoured by SAPS
Between 2015 and 2016, residents of Tshepisong in the West Rand lived in fear due to the heinous crimes taking place.
More than 50 violent crimes were reported over the period, including rape, murder, kidnapping and robbery.
The Modus Operandi of the perpetrators involved taking victims to an open field and then initiating the assault.
Detective Captain Thomas Bvuma of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit in Krugersdorp focused all his energy on solving the mystery and identifying the men behind the terrible acts.
Working with victims and various SAPS departments, Bvuma was eventually able to identify the 9 men involved.
Part of the challenge was that the men are foreign nationals, so identification would be an issue.
Nevertheless, the thugs were eventually tracked down and arrested.
On Wednesday, justice was served as the men were sentenced to 39 life sentences plus 918 years behind bars.
Bvuma said, "Cooperation by the victims, whom I now see as brave survivors, as well as efficient forensic technologies of the SAPS, made this complex investigation seem easy."
Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela lauded the captain and SAPS shared an inspirational post via Facebook.
Briefly.co.za noted the heartfelt reaction from the public, as many shared their appreciation for Bvuma's dedication.
Ruby Marais said,
"Well done Sir, justice was served."
Amanda van Wyk added,
"Proud of Captain Bvuma! Give that man a Bells."
Andrew Barnard responded,
"Brilliant work by dedicated SAPS members."
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