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SAPS' National Intervention team back in PE's Northern Areas to tackle gangs

Dec 11, 2018
SAPS' National Intervention team back in PE's Northern Areas to tackle gangs

The SAPS' National Intervention team are once again deployed to the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth for the next three months.

"The team of 30 members started their duties a day after the visit by Police Minister, Bheki Cele, MP, who visited Port Elizabeth on 3 December," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

The Minister of Police, the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), General Khehla Sitole, and the Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, engaged with stakeholders from the areas of Gelvandale and Bethesdorp.

Cele returned to the city on Monday to engage with Northern Areas communities.

"The National Intervention Unit will be deployed only in the Northern areas focussing on intelligence driven and target orientated information," explained Col Naidu.

On Monday, as a result of a multi-disciplinary team operation, two suspects were arrested for suspected gang-related murders.

"On Friday, at about 18:00, Karin Camilla Crafford (38 ) was fatally shot while walking in Gail Road," she said.

"Rival gangs were shooting at each other and a stray bullet hit her in her shoulder at the back."

'Over ten gang members arrested for various crimes so far this month'

Col Naidu said that on the 20th November, a 43-year-old man sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his head and was found lying in Rensburg Street in Arcadia, Bethelsdorp.

"The deceased was identified as Marlin Koopman."

Both suspects, aged 22, are expected to appear in court soon on their respective cases.

According to Col Naidu, since the 3rd of December, a total of 12 suspected gang affiliates are in police custody for crimes ranging from murder, attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms, theft of stolen vehicle and hijacking.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, stated that the police will be stamping the authority of the State on these criminals, who have no respect or regard for human life.

"We will continue with our integrated approach to ensure community safety. Our actions will be intensified until we are satisfied that the area has stabilised and the communities are safe," added Lt Gen Ntshinga.

Lt Gen Ntshinga once again appealed to communities to work with the police towards our common goal of ensuring safety of citizens. 

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