Suspected Port Elizabeth gang leader denied bail for the third time

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - NOVEMBER 9, 2016

Suspected gang leader, Wendell Petersen, 30, and other suspected five gang affiliates were denied bail for the third time by the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. They are facing three murder charges as well as charges relating to the conspiracy to commit murder, the illegal possession of a firearm and the illegal possession of ammunition.

It is alleged that on 14 September 2015, three people were shot and killed in separate incidents in the 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. That same afternoon, Rajen Naidoo was gunned down at his work in Burt Drive, Newton Park, and later, Jermaine Essau was shot and killed while standing in his yard in Springbok Street in Gelvandale,”said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

She added that, on the 26th of September this year, 30 year-old, Glynn Carelson aka 'Holland'; Jermaine Mitchell aka 'Dolf ', aged 30 years-old, and Morne Nel aka 'Nykie', aged 35 years-old, were arrested by members from the Gang Task Team and following day, 27th of September, Wendell Petersen was arrested in Queenstown.

Two suspects, Graham Kammies aka 'Dolf' and Robin Taylor aka 'Milo' were already at St Albans Prison on previous other cases.

All six accused, who are affiliated with the Dustlifes gang, will appear in court on the 14th of December, for a further bail application and remand.

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 and all information supplied is strictly confidential,” said Colonel Naidu.