Port Elizabeth: Suspected gang kingpin, Wendell Petersen (30) and five other gang affiliates were denied bail for the third time in the Port Elizabeth magistrates’ court yesterday, 8 November 2016. Petersen and five other suspects are charged on 3 murder cases, conspiracy to commit murder, Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA) sect 9 of Chapter 4 (racketeering and gangsterism), illegal possession of a firearm as well as illegal possession of ammunition.
It is alleged that on 14 September 2015, three people were shot and killed in separate incidents in Gelvandale and Mount Road policing areas. At about 12:00, Theodore Matthews was fatally wounded while seated in a taxi at the corners of Durban and Cottrell Roads in Korsten. Later, the same afternoon, Rajen Naidoo was gunned down at his work in Burt Drive Newton Park. At about 18:00, the same evening, Jermaine Essau was shot and killed while standing in his yard in Springbok Street in Gelvandale.
On 26 September 2016, Glynn Carelson (30) aka Holland, Jermaine Mitchell (30) aka Dolf and Morne Nel (35) aka Nykie were arrested by members from the Gang Task Team. The following day, 27 September 2016, Wendell Petersen was arrested in Queenstown. The other two suspects, Graham Kammies aka Dolf and Robin Taylor aka Milo were already in St Albans Prison on previous cases.
All six accused who are affiliated with the Dustlifes gang will appear in court again on 14 December 2016. The case was remanded for further investigation.
The SAPS remains focussed on instilling peace and security to the people of the Northern areas and we will not be deterred in our quest to ensure that the people in these areas are and feel safe. We urge the communities to report any criminal or suspicious activities in their areas.