The notorious ‘Bloods Gang’ has yet again become embroiled in controversy and it is alleged that some of the inmates linked to the gang have been moved from Westville Prison to the Ebongweni C-Max facility in Kokstad following a jail-break threat last week. The members, including Phoenix drug cartel kingpins of the infamous gang, brothers Kalvin and Kevin Periasamy, have been awaiting trial in Medium A since the beginning of the year.
Whilst reports of bomb threats in Central Durban filtered in on Thursday, there were lockdown procedures in place at Westville Prison’s Medium A-section after reports were received of a jailbreak with news of firearms and explosives being smuggled into the penal facility. Quick action was taken as SAPS Bomb Squad members backed up by the Tactical Response Team stood down at the prison and a search was conducted amongst the awaiting trial prisoners. Reports indicated that 10 inmates were said to be a part of the ploy to escape from confinement.
National Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Logan Maistry is reported to have declined to confirm if members of the gang were relocated and cited that it was in the interest of security that he could not comment.
KZN Correctional Services spokesperson Thulani Mdluli confirmed in media reports that an operation was held at the Westville Prison on Thursday after an anonymous call was received about unauthorized weapons that were smuggled in to the facility but added that no such weapons were found after a search had been conducted.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident related to the ‘Bloods Gang,’ the head and three other members of the Hawks Narcotics Unit, are being investigated on allegations that they are protecting drug lords including the Periasamy brothers.
It is believed that the members were moved to the Hawks Commercial Crime Unit on Monday and an investigation is underway into the matter with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) also delving into the case.