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Scores arrested in Port Elizabeth weekend anti-crime operations

APRIL 19, 2016
Scores arrested in Port Elizabeth weekend anti-crime operations

The police in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas arrested 19 people over the weekend for various crimes under the anti-crime strategy codenamed Operation Lockdown. On top of that, 153 suspects were also arrested elsewhere - in weekend anti-crime operation in the Mount Road Police Cluster.

According to police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, those arrested under Operation Lockdown face charges such as the possession of /dealing in drugs including dagga, tik, cocaine and mandrax; possession of suspected stolen property; robbery and housebreaking; possession of a hi-jacked vehicle; unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition; attempted murder and armed robbery.

The following confiscations were also achieved from 15-17April 2016 on Operation Lockdown;  


Type of Exhibits Seized


Bullet proof vest


Firearms with ammunition

Toy gun








Tik pipes, cell phone, , a laptop, chainsaw


Rolls of dagga as well as 2 bags of loose dagga


Substantial amount of cash


Various rounds of ammunition belonging to different firearms


Rocks of cocaine




"On Sunday, 17 April 2016, the National and Provincial Road Traffic official, together with police officials, embarked on a massive clampdown on road traffic abusers. The team concentrated mainly in the Mount Road cluster policing area but also infiltrated New Brighton. Several arrests were made for drunken driving (52) and illegal possession of ammunition (1)," said Colonel Naidu.

"Apart from the successes achieved through Operation Lockdown, policing in other station precincts in the Mount Road Cluster also achieved a number of arrests.

"A total of 153 people were arrested for various crimes committed which included among others, house robbery, illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, possession of suspected stolen property, drunken driving, possession of drugs, domestic violence, attempted murder and shoplifting."

All arrested persons are expected to appear in court soon.

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Maj Gen Dawie Rabie has reiterated that these special operations are intended to ensure safety on our roads and safety of our citizens in the Mount Road policing cluster.

He added:  “Crime will not simply disappear from our communities therefore it is important to work together with other law enforcement agencies to create  conditions that will force the frontiers of crime to recede. Such successes, especially the confiscation of firearms and ammunition, are indicative that the SAPS is committed in reclaiming the communities from the hands of criminal elements”.  


 The End

 Enquiries: Colonel Priscilla Naidu