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Eastern Cape police nab over 1 300 suspects, seize firearms and goods

Jan 22, 2019
Eastern Cape police nab over 1 300 suspects, seize firearms and goods

The relentless efforts by the Eastern Cape police to rid the province of crime and criminal activities led to the arrest of 1 377 suspects over the past seven days in different crime prevention operations within 21 clusters.

"The charges range from murder (23), robbery (43), rape (24), assault GHB (190), stock theft (36 cattle) and general theft (40), to name but a few," said police spokesperson, Captain Khaya Tonjeni.

"Through the well planned and carefully executed operations 39 firearms and 506 rounds of ammunition were also recovered and removed from the hands of criminals.

"The 39 firearms include 34 revolver pistols, two riffles and three shot guns. All the firearms will be taken for ballistic tests to ascertain whether they have been used earlier in the commission of crime."

Besides arrests, Eastern Cape police also recover goods and weapons

Capt Tonjeni added that 9 700 counterfeit goods, 77 cell phones, 218 dangerous weapons including 208 knives, 400 mandrax tablets and 15 vehicles were recovered.

"Two hundred and nine warrants and 47 traffic fines were effected," said Capt Tonjeni.

"The suspects are expected to appear in various courts throughout the province facing respective charges."

Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga, applauded the members for the successes.

“Operation Safer Festive Season must continue to be felt and these successes are a measure we can use to gauge the impact of our members on the ground. Members must continue to stamp their authority by arresting perpetrators of crime in high numbers and free our streets of illegal activities like smuggling and sale of drugs and unlicensed firearms,” she said.

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