Suspect in 12 year-old Bethelsdorp girl's murder arrested, community pelt police with stones
More successes were achieved over the weekend with more arrests of suspected gangsters and criminals in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas under Operation Lockdown. The crime-busting effort was launched in March 2016 and has already seen many gangsters and criminals from the area put behind bars.
"Members deployed in this focus-driven operation are still continuing to put the pressure on suspected criminals in these areas," described police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.
"A most sought after suspect was arrested on Friday night (8 July 2016). The 21 year-old suspect was arrested by the intervention team at a house in Stuurman Street, Bethelsdorp."
A 9mm pistol, with 33 9mm rounds, two cell phones and two SAPS bulletproof vests were confiscated.
"The suspect is detained in connection with the murder of Aliyah Tee (12) in June 2016. Additional charges relating to the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, as well as possession of suspected stolen property, were added to the other charges.
"He will appear in the Port Elizabeth magistrates’ court on Monday."
Other successes achieved this weekend are as follows:
Possession of drugs
523 mandrax tablets, 292g dagga, 38 straws of tik
Illegal possession of firearm
CJ Lugar 9mm pistol
Possession of ammunition and dealing in drugs
2 rounds of ammunition and 12 mandrax tablets
1 Opel bakkie
Large amount of cash
On Friday again, while police were searching a suspected drug den in Stag Street, Gelvandale, the community pelted the police officers and vehicles with stones.
Two police vehicles were damaged. A case of public violence was opened and is under investigation. The Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie, has also stated that these attacks are a cause for concern, especially when the community start to protect alleged criminals within their areas.
“Police officers risk their lives to protect our communities and an attack on the police is an attack on the State; we must work together to stop it. When police vehicles are damaged, this means that our resources are reduced thus resulting in less effective policing. Anyone who attacks, kills or hinders our officers will be dealt with in terms of the judiciary system. The SAPS will not tolerate any provocation of our police officers when they are performing their duties,” said Maj Gen Rabie.
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