Port Elizabeth police arrest 99 for various crimes over the weekend


Port Elizabeth police arrested a total of 99 suspects during crime prevention operations conducted over the past weekend. The suspects were arrested for various crimes that include drug possession, robbery, drunken driving, possession of suspected stolen property, murder, theft from motor vehicle, house robbery, unlawful possession of firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

According to the statement, a total of 32 arrests were made on drug-related cases in the entire Mount Road Cluster. The suspects were charged for either possession of drugs or dealing in drugs.

“The arrests were affected during routine patrols and stop-and-search operations. Two people were arrested in separate incidents in the Bethelsdorp area for unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition,” said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

She added that the members performing duties under Operation Lockdown, in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas, also effected a number of arrests and confiscated large quantities of drugs.

Total confiscations included: 2 dagga plants; 3 electronic scales; 27 mandrax tabs; 36 dagga rolls; 85 tik packets/lollies;1x 9mm Norinco firearm ; 1x 308 rifle; a VW Golf and a Toyota Quantum bakkie; and 23 rounds of ammunition.

On Saturday, while members were patrolling in Windvogel area, in Bethelsdorp, they also recovered a stolen VW Golf, which had been abandoned. The vehicle was reportedly stolen in Booysens Park.

Also, members in patrol in Gelvadale on Sunday spotted a stolen Toyota Quantum bakkie driven by two men. The vehicle was stopped and suspects arrested for possession of suspected stolen property. The suspects appeared in court on Monday.

Again on Sunday, a rifle was recovered in Jarman Street, Gelvandale, just after a shooting incident was reported.

“The rifle was recovered in a shallow bush nearby. No persons were arrested in this regard,” said Colonel Naidu.

On Sunday, the PE Flying Squad also arrested two suspects, aged between 21 and 23 years old, in Bethelsdorp for dealing in and illegal possession of drugs. The officers were following up on a tip-off.

On the same day, Bethelsdorp SAPS members arrested a 20 year-old suspect at a house in Arcadia after receiving information of a firearm at the house.

“A 38 revolver and 6 rounds were found under the mattress. Also a small quantity of dagga was confiscated,” said Colonel Naidu.

The suspect appeared in court on Monday.

Still, on Monady, at about 02:00, members arrested a 23 year-old suspect in Korsten for possession of an unlicensed firearm. Members were patrolling when they stopped and searched the suspect. 

All detained suspects are expected to appear in court soon.

According to Port Elizabeth police, the successes can be attributed to good coordination between various police units and also to the anonymous information supplied to police by members of the communities.

The Station Commanders of both, Gelvandale, Colonel Fa-eez Deljian and Bethelsdorp, Col Shaun Roach, encourage the community to continue providing information on crime and criminals in their respective areas.

Col Roach added that “we all have a responsibility to make our communities safer for our children and every law abiding citizen. If you have information that can assist with exposing people involved in any illegal activities, please contact us either voluntarily or anonymously,”

“The Crime Stop anonymous number 08600 10111 is very effective and reliable. Information can also be communicated to the Gang Task Team Hotline on 0793986583."