Port Alfred police arrest four after foiling farm attack

APRIL 12, 2016

Teamwork between Port Alfred cluster police, Motherwell crime intelligence and a local farm security head resulted in the thwarting of an alleged planned farm attack and the arrest of four men, aged between 25 and 35 years, in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Police also recovered a 9mm firearm and live ammunition in the bust.

"After Port Alfred crime intelligence officers received information of a planned attack on a farm in the Shaw Park area in Port Alfred, a sting operation was immediately set in motion," described police spokesperson, Lieutenant Luvuyo Mjekula. 

"This saw Port Alfred members from K9, detectives, crime intelligence and Vispol units team up with Motherwell Crime Intelligence at 16:00 yesterday afternoon. Local farm security leader, Dudley Waters, also joined the operation."

Lt Mjekula sai that at about 22:00, on Monday night, while police conducted waylay duties near the farm, they spotted a Toyota Corolla, which they stopped and searched. In the car were a man and a three-year-old child.

"On questioning the driver, police discovered that he had dropped off three men at the farm. He informed police he did not know why they had gone to the farm. Police arranged for the child to be removed from the vehicle and handed over to his mother," Lieutenant Mjekula added.

"After questioning the man and visiting the farm, police released him as they could not link him to a crime at the time.

"In the early hours of this morning, after police received more information about the farm attack, they set up a roadblock on the corner of Bathurst and Standerwick Streets. At about 05:00 the same vehicle they had stopped earlier approached and as the members shouted and flagged the driver to stop, gun shots were fired from the vehicle."

Police returned fire and after which the vehicle stopped, three men emerged unharmed while a fourth one sustained a bullet wound to the shoulder. Police noticed that the injured man was the same driver they had earlier questioned and released.

"He was rushed to the local hospital for treatment and is under police guard. A 9mm Norinco gun and live rounds of ammunition were found in the vehicle.

"All four suspects face charges of attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition," said Lieutenant Mjekula.

"They are due to appear in the Port Alfred Magistrate’s Court shortly."

According to Major Melumzi Mkhathali the men are suspected of being involved in this past Saturday’s hijacking and murder case in Peddie.

Acting Port Alfred Cluster Commander, Colonel Lizette Zeelie, congratulated all the role players for their dedication and commitment to working together in fighting crime.