Over 1 680 suspects arrested for various crimes over Easter in Eastern Cape

APRIL 8, 2015

During the Easter long weekend, from 26 March to 07 April, at least 1 686 arrests were executed for crimes ranging from murder, robbery, rape, common assault, driving under the influence, motor vehicle theft, drug related crimes, burglaries to name but a few.

More than eighty two (82) roadblocks were held and police confiscated close to three hundred (300) kilograms of dagga.

“Our actions and operations to ensure a safe Easter long weekend were very successful and yielded results,” said Eastern Cape SAPS Commissioner, Lt General Celiwe Binta, on Tuesday.

Concentrating on hot spots and illegal shebeens,  was a tactic which  headed good results and the number of murder, assault, rape and common robbery cases depicted decreases in Mthatha, East London, Mdantsane and the Port Elizabeth metro area.

During the Easter long weekend, the Province also reported zero number of incidents for bank robberies, cash in transit robberies and ATM blasts.

Since the beginning of Operation Paseka on 01 March to date, 4 910 suspects were arrested.

The proliferation of firearms is an operational priority and 27 firearms were confiscated. 

As a preventative measure 181 dangerous weapons including, axes, pangas, knobkerries and knives were confiscated, which are commonly used in incidents of street mugging/robbery, when personal items are taken by criminals.

“We must thank our communities for working with us and supporting our endeavours in the fight against crime. Sincere gratitude is also extended to each and every police member and reservist, who worked over the long weekend and forfeited family time and rest days, to ensure that our communities are safe and free to enjoy this period," Lt General Binta concluded.