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Over 1 200 suspects arrested for various crimes in Eastern Cape over past week

MARCH 13, 2017
Over 1 200 suspects arrested for various crimes in Eastern Cape over past week

The number of arrests executed during  the past week is evident that the police in the Province are committed in clamping down on crime and criminal activities, according to SAPS Eastern Cape Police Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga.

This is after police in the province arreted a total of 1 264 suspects for various crimes including murder, attempted murder, rape, sexual assault, assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, house robbery, business robbery among other crimes.

Of these, 299 suspects were arrested for crimes detected as a result of police action – 236 drug related crimes, 50 for driving under the influence of alcohol/ drugs and 13 for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

Police also seized 21 firearms and 63 rounds of ammunition; 146 heads of livestock; nine stolen vehicles and 437 dagga plants and loose dagga together with 35 ecstasy tablets and 4 491 mandrax tablets was seized. 

"This sends a message to the perpetrators of crime that they will not get away with their callous deed and will be arrested. We will also continue to focus on rural areas and our operations are aimed at arresting wanted suspects, seizure of illegal firearms and the distribution and dealing in drugs," she added. 

Eastern Cape police also expressed concern about incidents of vigilantism that took place this past weekend.

"Members of the community took the law into their own hands in the Lusikisiki area and two people were killed by a mob. We are warning the public not to become involved in such activities," said police spokesperson, Brigadier Marinda Mills.

"It is illegal to take the life of another person, no matter what he or she is alleged to have done. Innocent community members then become criminals themselves.

"Secondly, we have had a number of incidents in the past where innocent people were accused of crime and were severely beaten and even killed, only to find out later, that it was a case of mistaken identity. As much as we need the help and support of our communities in the fight against crime, we cannot allow them or any individual to take the law into their own hands."

Brigadier Mills said that those, who resort to these types of acts must not expect special treatment and they will be dealt with swiftly.

Lt Gen Ntshinga also commended community members for their alertness and for continuing to share valuable information with the police which in many instances assisted in the achieving of undermentioned successes.

“I would like to commend the women and men in blue, for their sterling work in clamping down on criminal activities in the Eastern Cape Province.

"Indeed, as the people of the province we are unwavering in our commitment to serve as integral cogs of government in the fight against crime. Most certainly, these milestones and achievements will result in the province attracting more potential investors to invest in our province, so that many job opportunities could be created to tackle the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality as reflected in the National development Plan (Vision 2030)," said Eastern Cape MEC for Safety and Liaison Weziwe Tikana.

"In the same vein, I would like to call upon all people of the Eastern Cape Province to refrain from taking the law into their hands, and those found to have committed these acts will face the wrath of the law. In this regard, police are well trained to deal with all criminal activities, and that should be left to them.”