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PE police arrest 35 alleged gangsters, secure nine convictions in July

Aug 11, 2017
PE police arrest 35 alleged gangsters, secure nine convictions in July

During the month of July 2017, the Provincial Gang Investigation Unit, which is focused on crime prevention in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas, arrested a total of 35 suspects in 28 gang-related cases that include murder, attempted murder and illegal of firearm and ammunition.

"Nine convictions were secured for the month," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

She said that on 5 July, life sentences were handed down to two accused, Dewi Delgado and Walton Ambraal, for murder and attempted murder on a Gelvandale case, which was committed in September 2016.

"In another case, Navan Malgas received 13 years imprisonment for attempted murder, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and malicious damage to property which was committed in September 2015 in Gelvandale," she added.

"The 11 accused sentenced in the 9 cases will serve a total of 106 years imprisonment." 

The Cluster Commander, Mount Road Cluster, Maj Gen Funeka Siganga has commended the unit for their dedication and thorough investigation of their cases.

"These sentences are as a result of the integrated partnership between the prosecuting authority and the investigators. In order to have a successful prosecution a docket must be thoroughly investigated and presented for the case to be heard at court.

"We are aware that most of the criminals in the Northern Areas, who torment the communities, live within the communities," he said.

"A further challenge facing the investigators is that often, communities do not even come forward with information when required to do so.

"In some of these instances, some of these criminals are even idolized for their criminal actions. Therefore, sometimes even though we may not have enough witness statements or even a firearm as an exhibit, through consultation and expert advice from the prosecutors, we emerge the victor in that gangsters are still found guilty and sentenced."