‘Flashy clothes and car, but no job? Must be a criminal!’

By Celani Sikhakhane

KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi says that unemployed youngsters who are living flashy lifestyles are nothing but criminals.

In an interview with eNCA this week, Mkhwanazi said the police have developed plans to keep an eye on unemployed suspects who wear expensive clothing brands and drive luxury cars. 

“You will hear that this youngster is living in that house who drives an expensive car and wears expensive clothes,” said Mkhwanazi. “Then the word goes around that this guy is getting money from criminal activities

“The station commander [in the area] must know about that person. Once we know about that person we start to employ what we call ‘man-marking’. It’s where we start to follow that person to be interested in his lifestyle.” 

Mkhwanazi said the flashy criminals – who work as hitmen and car hijackers and are also involved in cash-in-transit heists, bank robberies and stock theft – often fight back against the police, sometimes with deadly consequences. 

Pictured above: KZN police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

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