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We walked into the boardroom and it was full of people. I stood there confused the day i decide to come to work wearing my black tracksuits and and sneakers is the day that am invited to the boardroom. Everyone was in a uniform here or suits or looked smart casual.

Commander: This is the analyst that added the 10 crimes that we are investigating. She the one that connected that all crimes are connected as one.

I saw the commissioner look at me up and down and smiled.

Commissioner: Can she get cleared?

Commander: Yes ill do that after the meeting.

Commissioner: Good and I want her moved to the special crimes unit private headquarters.

Commander: Got it

Commissioner: Now young lady I need you to explain to us why you think these crimes are all linked?

I looked at everyone and cleared my throat.

Me: All crimes are done by five members. They all done under 10 minutes. No hostages no guns but somehow they manage to calmly get everyone to operate. 

I looked at the picture where all 5 guys were in an elevator and I pointed at it and zoomed it.

Me: Here is the picture of the guys after they robbed the jewels that were worth 5 million.All 5 of them that a rare picture of seeing them all together. I zoomed another picture and look at them here. 4 of them right? But look at this picture.

It was a picture of a guy wearing a hat big glasses and his hand was covering the lower part of his mouth as he had a computer and an ear piece in his ear.

Me: That guy number 5. The tech guy. Everyone is running away from the building after a few gunshots but his sitting there looking at his laptop as if unaware of what happening inside or around him. This means one thing. His with them. 

I looked at the room and everyone was quiet.

I looked at the huge screen and smiled. 

Me:I can go through all the crime scene pictures and one by one I can pick them out. The tech guy hardly get involved in the action but his always there. Than there is the muscles: i call him that cause his the more aggressive one who shoves around people making sure that his orders.

I pointed to the tall guy who you can tell worked out and even though his fully covered head to toe and you cant see a thing

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big glasses and his hand was covering the lower part of his mouth as he had a computer and an ear piece in his ear.

Me: That guy number 5. The tech guy. Everyone is running away from the building after a few gunshots but his sitting there looking at his laptop as if unaware of what happening inside or around him. This means one thing. His with them. 

I looked at the room and everyone was quiet.

I looked at the huge screen and smiled. 

Me:I can go through all the crime scene pictures and one by one I can pick them out. The tech guy hardly get involved in the action but his always there. Than there is the muscles: i call him that cause his the more aggressive one who shoves around people making sure that his orders.

I pointed to the tall guy who you can tell worked out and even though his fully covered head to toe and you cant see a thing but you can tell that his handsome.

Me:this guy is the brains and the boss.

Commissioner: why you say so?

Me: Apart that he has cleaned manicured hands. In all the clips iv watched and the pictures iv seen. He always talks and stands in the corner while Muscle man shuffled people to safety... than there is the panickier. 

I pointed to the guy who is a little chubby.

Me: They just let him keep track of the time and stays by the door looking to see if anything pops out and his a talker. In all the videos his lips are moving.Than there is him. 

I pointed to the tall skinny guy.

Me: I call him sleek cause he the one that does most of the work as fast and as efficiently as possible. All these 5 have never killed in a job and instead all reports from people they have assaulted says that they use kind words such as “ please thank you sorry” which shows that they are no regular thieves but you looking for gentlemen with professions or random people like you and I.

I kept quiet as everyone in the room looked at me. 

One guy from the back got up. He looked like he hasn’t slept in 5 days and is angry making me sweat in my pants.

Him: See you Tomorrow Nkosazana. He Left the room and I looked at commissioner.

Commissioner: That the captain of the task force you will be working with. You heard the man see you than. I nodded as the secretary walked me to the vetting office. I can’t believe i just got a promotion. This is going to be fun.


Somewhere in Durban

We were all silent as the little tiny girl spoke about us. Ntokozo my tech guy tapped into the security feeds of SAPS after the cop we pay to keep tabs on our crimes told us about the meeting that SAPS was having with special crimes units.

Mlungisi: That girl just spoke about us as if she knew us. 

I was quiet cause Mlu always panics.Ntokozo now had her profile and picture on the other screen.

Ntokozo: Her name is Nkosazana Pearl Hlope. She is 25 years old. Graduate from school when she was 15 years old. 

Mlu: Ngivele ngabomna ukuthi she is those nerds.

Ntokozo: Did a special system developing course for a year than went into forensic analyst in UJ topped it off with researching. Basically the chick is all of us in one apart that she is just a normal regular girl. Sweet and kind. Has no social media but has a sister that has her on her social media.

 Zola: What now?

He was labeled as Mr Sleek.

Me: Nothing.

Ntokozo: The special crimes unit just recruited her.

Me: She 25

Zola: and in a few minute she was able to analyse us. What can she do in 2 days a week or a month and we have a gig the following week. If she is as good as what we have heard or seen. She is going to catch us Phila!!

Me: She won’t

Xola: what makes you say that?

Me: Ill figure it out guys. We been in this for 10 years now. We not going to let a little nerd from SAPS to bring us down. Now relax and go back to your normal day jobs. Will continue later. Let me think.

Everyone left apart Zola aka sleek who was my right hand man in all the clubs and shisanyama we own and my best friend.

Zola: Phila

Me: Hmmmm

Zola: Am going to keep a tag on her. Put a few guys where she stays to follow her around and report.

Me: Thank you.

I took a glass of whiskey and drank it as the printer was printing out her picture. I took it out and looked at her and I felt my inside turn....

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