The Western Cape’s most wanted suspect, Yanga Endrey Nyalara, also known as “Bara” has been located and docketed after years of dodging the blue lights. The police had dubbed him the most wanted suspect in the province and with Nyalara’s appearance at the Cape Town Magistrates court this morning, the charges seem to support the title.
Nyalara has long been associated with serious and violent crimes stretching back to 2016. Now 31 charges, and 18 counts of murder stand against Nylara’s name.
According to Colonel André Traut, six of the murder cases saw a total of 19 people lose their lives in Khayelitsha.
“Besides the six murder charges, Nyalara has also been charged with the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, attempted murder, robbery, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition as well as dealing in drugs,” said Traut.
Nyalara was also wanted for allegedly committing a cash-in-transit heist that shook the Eastern Cape back in 2018.
But it was no easy feat nabbing Nyalara. In March this year, police pleaded with the public for any information on Bara’s whereabouts. It was suspected that he could’ve fled the province.
Last month, the reward price was upped from R50 000 to R100 000 for any information on the most-wanted man.
So how was Nyalara eventually put in handcuffs? According to IOL, catching Nyalara relied on members of Operation Restore who reacted to information and organized a search.
It’s reported that the search led to a residence in Nassau Street, Bothasig where the prized Nyalara and two young women between the ages of 21 and 28 were allegedly caught with tik and mandrax.
The South African who reportedly saw the charge sheet, express that the State is alleging Nyalara to be a prominent member of a criminal gang. It’s suspected that the activities of the gang involve extortion of informal business, using violent means to incite fear.
Nyalara’s next court appearance will be on 18 August. It is reported that he declined the bid for bail.