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17 suspects arrested and five illegal firearms seized by ECape police over the weekend

Jul 24, 2017
17 suspects arrested and five illegal firearms seized by ECape police over the weekend

The fight against the proliferation of illegal firearms in the Eastern Cape yielded positive results when 17 suspects were arrested and drugs with estimated street value of R1 500, five illegal firearms with twenty one rounds of ammunition were confiscated over the past weekend.

"Five suspects were arrested in Mthatha and Cambridge (in East London, for vehicle theft while the other nine were arrested for armed robbery, possession of drugs, and illegal firearms and ammunition," described police spokesperson, Captain Khaya Tonjeni.

He said that Mthatha police, together with Eldorado Park police arrested three wanted suspects, aged between 26 and 38 years old, for armed robbery and theft of motor vehicle.

"The cases were opened this month at Eldorado Park Police station and they were also linked to Ngangelizwe SAPS armed robbery case in Mthatha," Captain Tonjeni.

"The suspects were arrested at Nelson Mandela drive in Mthatha on Friday at about 19H00 and handed over to Eldorado SAPS for further investigation."

He said that two suspects, a 20-year-old female and a 31-year-old male were arrested for suspected stolen vehicle on Sunday.

"The vehicle was stolen at Cambridge, East London. Both suspects are expected to appear at Butterworth Magistrate’s Court facing vehicle theft charges," said Captain Tonjeni.

"Three suspects, aged between 27-35 years, were arrested at Mbekweni in Mdantsane for possession of mandrax tablets with a street value estimated at R1 500  and possession of an unlicensed firearm (9mm) and ammunition (four rounds) and possible stolen goods.

"Police pounced on suspected drug dealers during an anti-drug operation when they confiscated an unlicensed firearm, police bullet-proof vest and mandrax tablets.  The suspects would appear at the Mdantsane Magistrate’s Court on Monday."

He added that Grahamstown SAPS members were following up on valuable information when they searched a house at Vukani location, Grahamstown, and found a Lorcin Walter 7.65 with an identifiable serial number and 13 rounds of ammunition on Saturday.

"During further investigation, it was established that this firearm was stolen from Peddie SAPS in March 2017. The suspect, aged 26, was arrested for possession of one unlicenced firearm and possession of four rounds ammunition. He is expected to appear in court early this week," Captain Tonjeni said.

He also said that on Sunday, when vigilant police members on patrol spotted a vehicle driving suspiciously in Jeffreys Bay. 

"Members pulled the vehicle off the road at about 17:45, in Jeffreys Street, Jeffreys Bay. 

"Upon searching the white VW Golf, members discovered three unlicensed firearms (two 9mm and one revolver with ammunition)," said Captain Tonjeni. 

"The two suspects, ages 26 and 32, were arrested on the spot.  Both were detained on charges ranging from the illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and conspiracy to commit a crime.  The two suspects are due to appear in the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday." 

In the second incident, vigilant members from the Humansdorp Operational Command Centre were busy patrolling Donkerhoek, Arcadia, Humansdorp at 22:00, when members noticed a man walking suspiciously in the street. 

"It is alleged that when the suspect saw the police members he threw something on the ground.  Upon investigation members discovered a 9mm firearm and ammunition," he described. 

"The suspect (in his 30’s) was detained on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and he is also due to appear tomorrow in the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on these charges."

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, expressed her appreciation of the hard work and success achieved by the members and different clusters in the effort to eliminate the circulation of illegal firearms and drug abuse in our province.

"She lauded the alert police officials for their quick response that resulted in the arrest of the suspects and the confiscation of the firearms."