Media Statement from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (HAWKS) South African Police Service
PRETORIA – The Hawks are offering a R100 000 reward for information that can lead to the arrest and prosecution of Charles Ranyao (41) and Stelio Rosario Mkize (33). They are being sought for murder, attempted murder, possession of prohibited Firearms, ammunitions and Global Positioning System (GPS) jamming devices.
Ranyao ‘Kenny’, Mkize ‘Scelo’ and Clement Edward Manzini (34), were arrested following a shootout with members from the Hawks’ Technical Operations Management Section (TOMS), on the 3rd of September 2014, in Glen Austin, Midrand after they were spotted traveling in a cloned SAPS marked vehicle with two other suspects who were fatally wounded on the scene.
The trio made a series of court appearances at the Alexandra Magistrates’ Court and bail was denied. They however appealed to the Johannesburg High Court and were subsequently granted R25 000 bail each. The case was transferred to the High Court, Ranyao failed to show up for trial and on 3 October 2017 Mkize absconded. They were both found guilty in absentia.
Manzini was sentenced on 6 October 2017, to two (2) terms of life imprisonment and additional sixty six (66) years. The wanted accused are dangerous and habitual criminals who are likely to continue committing violent crimes for as long as they are on the loose. It is in the wake of this background that we seek public assistance to ensure that they are rearrested as soon as possible.
Anyone with information that can result in the arrest and conviction of the wanted fugitives, is urged to call the Investigating Officer in this case: Captain Nkoane on 071 481 3503 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.
Enquiries: Capt Lloyd Ramovha: 071 481 3518
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