KZN gang boss had entire police station on his payroll and controlled station operations

A Hawks investigator revealed shocking details in court, stating that alleged “Tatu” Gang leader, Anthony Gounden, had control over the Verulam Police Station and had some detectives on his payroll.

The Post reports that the investigator also mentioned that corrupt police officers were helping drug dealers set up security companies to gain access to firearms.

Gounden, 44, appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court for the attempted murder of an off-duty metro police officer on March 9. He fled the scene but turned himself in on March 13.

In addition to the attempted murder charge, Gounden is facing charges of fraud, obstructing justice, and illegal possession of firearms.

Detective Warrant Officer, Sivan Naidoo, testified that his team was investigating high-profile cases involving gangs, drugs, and attacks on the police.

He described the incident involving Gounden and the off-duty metro police officer, stating that the victim was attacked by Gounden and his bodyguards after a dispute over traffic.

Naidoo said the bodyguards assaulted the victim, kicking him and hitting him with a firearm. Gounden also joined in the attack, kicking the victim while he was on the ground.

Before leaving the scene, Gounden reportedly told the victim, “Remember me. I am Tatu. I don’t f **** n care that you are a policeman.”

Witnesses called the victim’s family, who found him unconscious and rushed him to the hospital. Naidoo confirmed that the victim was unarmed and did not provoke the attack.

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