Suspected Port Elizabeth gangster found guilty on 11 charges incl murder

MAY 27, 2016

Operation Lockdown in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas scored another victory when the Port Elizabeth High Court on Friday convicted a suspected gang member, 24 year-old Marcus Malgas, on 11 charges that included one for murder. He is now awaiting sentencing.

Malgas was found guilty on:

*One count of murder;
*Eight counts of attempted murder;
*One count relating to the unlawful possession of a firearm; and
*One count relating to the unlawful possession of ammunition.

"The conviction of Malgas is regarded being a significant victory for the? Operation Lockdown PE? investigation team, which was established by the Minister of Police and the Acting National Commissioner of the SAPS to combat gang-related violence and criminal activities in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth," said police spokesperson, Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg.

"Between 11 March and 22 May 2016, Operation Lockdown has seen 285 people being arrested on charges relating to a range of offences including murder, attempted murder, possession of and dealing in drugs, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of stolen motor vehicles, common robbery and driving under the influence of alcohol."

“We will continue to exert lawful pressure on those responsible for making life hell for communities through their violent and criminal activities in PE’s Northern Areas,” said the Deputy National Commissioner responsible for National Management Interventions, Lieutenant General Gary Kruser, on hearing the news of Malgas' conviction.

He congratulated the entire team and urged them to continue to ensure that #CrimeMustFall through getting back to the basics of proactive policing and the investigation of crime.