More successes in Operation Lockdown in PE's Northern Areas

APRIL 4, 2016

Operation Lockdown, which was launched in Port Elizabeth's troubled Northern Areas on Thursday by the Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko and the Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane two weeks ago, is continuing to bear fruits, with several people arrested for various crimes over the weekend, according to Eastern Cape police.

The following successes were achieved from 29 March to 3 April 2016 :

No of Arrests

Type of Crime


Possession of / Dealing in Drugs including dagga, tik and mandrax, Medicine Control Act.


Possession of illegal firearm


Attempted murder






Type of Exhibits Seized


rolls  of dagga


Pellet gun


Mandrax tablets


Packets of tik


Tik pipes


Stilpane tablets


Toy gun


Magazine and 15 rounds


Blackberry phone




9mm firearms


Pair of SANDF pants

Substantial amount of cash


9mm magazines


"The additional police members deployed from both the National and Provincial offices have made a huge impact in the areas, as the high police visibility has most certainly served to curb serious crime in the Bethelsdorp and Gelvandale precincts," said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.    

"The communities of both areas have welcomed the presence of police and have applauded their efforts in arresting suspects and clamping down on drug posts . The SAPS is appreciative to the communities who are providing information and encourage them to continue to do so. Many successes were achieved through information from community members."

Added Colonel Naidu; "During last week, gang members also received lengthy convictions for gang-related crimes. The multi-disciplinary teams working together on Operation Lockdown are committed to ensuring that criminals that are terrorising the communities of Bethelsdorp and Gelvandale are arrested and brought to book."

Information may be reported anonymously on 08600 10111 or to Colonel Ralane on 082 442 1663.  All information reported to police will be treated as strictly confidential. Be the eyes and ears of the police and together we can make our communities safer.