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Illegal firearm and ammunition gets PE gangster six years in jail

By Yolanda Palezweni - Sep 21, 2016
Illegal firearm and ammunition gets PE gangster six years in jail

The Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Wednesday sentenced alleged gang member, Ruwayne Marx, alias Tolla, to an effective six years behind bars after the court convicted him on a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

According to Port Elizabeth police, on the 13th December 2015, members of the PE Tactical Response Team responded to a complaint in Wimmer Street, Kleinskool, regarding the convicted in possession of a firearm.

Marx was arrested with a Lugar pistol and 13 rounds of ammunition in his possession and was convicted on the 12th September 2016.

“The continued recovery and seizure of firearms is a direct result of intensified crime prevention operations, intelligence collection, police visibility and the efforts of the men and women in blue who work daily to ensure that illegal and unlicensed firearms are taken out of circulation and out of the hands of criminal elements,” said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

She added that illegal firearms are the centre of many incidents involving serious and violent crime in the Northern Areas ofPort Elizabeth and that a sentence such as this sends out a strong message to woul-be criminals that, if found in possession of an unlicensed firearm, they will be prosecuted and face imprisonment.

“Every citizen has a contribution to make in fight against crime and the SAPS urges the communities to blow the whistle eon persons in possession of stolen or illegal firearms,” she said.

“Since March 2016, Operation Lockdown has confiscated 83 firearms in the areas of Bethelsdorp and Gelvandale."