Durban - The family of two brothers alleged to be behind the Bloods gang in Phoenix, who are awaiting trial for allegedly operating a drug cartel in Durban, have lashed out at what they say is a concerted campaign to discredit them and their legitimate businesses.
They say that the business rivals of Kevin and Kalvin Periasamy – who own taxis and tow trucks in Phoenix – are behind the series of police raids at their properties, and the alleged seizure of drugs and money.
Kevin, 36 and Kalvin, 29, and four others are expected to appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
They were arrested in January after the police raided one of their properties in Phoenix. Police Minister Bheki Cele and several high-ranking officers went to the house where a large amount of cash and drugs was shown to the media.
The brothers were initially held at Westville Correctional Services but were transferred to the Ebongweni Super Max Correctional Services in Kokstad due to fears that they were plotting to escape.