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Over 820 arrested and 28 illegal firearms seized across Eastern Cape last week

APRIL 24, 2017
Over 820 arrested and 28 illegal firearms seized across Eastern Cape last week

The Back to Basics approach adopted by Eastern Cape police is bearing fruit as 'good old fashioned police work' resulted in the arrest of 821 suspects and the seizure of  28 illegal firearms in the past week alone, says Easter Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant Gen Liziwe Ntshinga.

"This is evidence of our dedication to fight tooth and nail against criminals," she said.

“In our quest to address trio crimes such as house and business robberies, car and truck jacking, we have increased vehicle patrols during specific times according to crime patterns.

"In the same vein, we urged our members to be vigilant and to follow through on any person or vehicle observed under suspicious looking circumstances.

"This has paid off during the last week and signification breakthroughs were made. A new dynamic was also confirmed, when in two incident, foreign nationals were found to be involved in crimes aimed at other foreign nationals."

Lt Gen was referring to a case where Mqanduli police arrested a foreign national for allegedly being involved in a gang with five other suspects targeting the shops of foreign nationals.

"This breakthrough was made due to the alertness of two police members on patrol," described police spokesperson, Brigadier Marinda Mills.

"On the same day, a 24-year-old Pakistani man, who was kidnapped for a ransom of 1 million rand as well as a demand that he and his family close all their businesses, were found by police without injury."

Brigadier Mills added that a police task team followed up on information received from our intelligence operators, which led them to the rescue of the victim and the arrest of a 26-year-old male suspect.  

"After he was questioned, it came to light that he was paid by two men to kidnap the victim. Police followed several leads which led them to belief that the two suspects were on their way to the King Shaka International Airport," she said.

"They were arrested by our members at the airport on 20 April 2017.

"The three men will appear in the Lusikisiki Magistrates court today on charges of kidnapping and illegal possession of a firearm. Their possible involvement in other crimes in the area is being investigated."

Brigadier Mills also said that swift response by members of the Port Elizabeth Flying Squad on Thursday last week also led to the arrest of 10 suspects and the recovery of a hijacked truck when the hijackers were off loading about R200 000 worth of nappies in Korsten.

"A signal jammer was also recovered inside the truck."