Nearly 1 200 arrested across Eastern Cape for various crimes over Easter weekend
The Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga, has expressed her satisfaction with the police deployments and successes achieved during operations conducted over the Easter Holiday.
“It is our resolve to focus on the generators of crimes and ensure sufficient police visibility to prevent crime especially trio crimes such as robbery and carjacking.
"In the execution of our plan (10 to 18 April 2017), we arrested 1 181 people for various crimes and confiscated 33 firearms. Twenty five illegal shebeens were closed and close to 1 800 litres of liquor confiscated," she said.
Lt Gen Ntshinga said that these successes are important in the prevention of crime and the overall rooting out of crime.
"Every firearm removed from the hands of criminals is a victory to us.
"The misuse of alcohol plays a major role in crime incidents such as murder, attempted murder, and rape. The policing of alcohol outlets and closing down of illegal outlets remains a priority in the prevention of these crimes," she described.
"Good progress is being made in the curbing of gang activities in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth and last week 10 suspects linked to gangs and the drug trade were arrested and two illegal firearms seized. We will continue to hunt down those involved in gang related crime and nothing will deter us from our efforts to stop them from terrorising our communities."
She wished Constable Nceba Takayi a speedy recovery after he and his colleague survived a brutal attack by two armed suspects in Kwazakele on Monday.
"I am proud of these two members, who were operationally alert and ready to fight back,” she concluded.
During the shootout, one of the most wanted suspects for murder and robbery in the Motherwell area, Lungisile Mjolweni, was killed.
Lt Gen Ntshinga also expressed her appreciation to the many role-players and stakeholders who partnered with the South African Police Service during operations and a special word of thanks to the many traffic officials deployed at roadblocks.
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