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Suspected Port Elizabeth gang affiliates arrested for New Year's Day shootings

Jan 2, 2019
Suspected Port Elizabeth gang affiliates arrested for New Year's Day shootings

Immediate follow up investigation resulted in the arrest of two Port Elizabeth teens for attempted murder. A suspected gang affiliate was also arrested over shooting incidents that took place on New Year's Day in Port Elizabeth.

"In the first incident, it is alleged that at about 00:10, three victims - two aged 26 and one aged 33 years, were inside a yard in Denson Street in Bloemendal with four other friends welcoming 2019. It is alleged that two males approached the house and started shooting at the group," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"Three people from the group sustained gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital for treatment. Two of the victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds while the third sustained a gunshot wound to the leg."

Col Naidu said that in the second incident, it is alleged that on at about 19:15 on New Year's Day, Ruwaan Jordaan (18) was sitting on the sidewalk in Old Standford Road when an unknown male approached and started shooting at him.

"He sustained multiple gunshot wounds on his back and succumbed to his injures in hospital."

She said that in both cases, immediate follow up investigation was done by the Provincial Gang Investigation Unit, National Intervention Unit (NIU) and Visible Gang Intervention Team (VGIT).

"A 16-year-old teenager was arrested at his house in Bibby Street, Bloemendal. He was detained and charged on three cases of attempted murder," Col Naidu said.

The suspect was due to appear in the Nerina House Juvenile Court on Wednesday.

Another Port Elizabeth teen arrested for attempted murder

"The multi-disciplinary team also arrested a 30-year-old suspect for the alleged murder of Jordaan. He was arrested at a house in Leith Street in Helenvale. He is expected to appear in court soon."

Col Naidu said that both incidents are gang-related and the motive is yet to be established.

During the early hours of Monday morning, the Provincial Gang Investigation Unit also arrested four other suspects wanted on various other cases in the Bethelsdorp and Gelvandale areas.

"Two suspects were arrested for a murder in Bethelsdorp in November 2018 while another juvenile, aged 16, was arrested for an attempted murder, which took place in December 2018," Col Naidu said.

"The fourth suspect was arrested for an attempted murder allegedly committed in the Gelvandale area."

The suspects were expected at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Acting Mount Road Cluster Commander, Brig Andrew Louw, indicated that "we have intensified our deployment of manpower in the hotspot areas of Gelvandale and Bethelsdorp.

"Our members are working extremely hard to ensure the safety of the citizens in these areas. We will continue in our endeavours to rid these criminals from society especially gang affiliates who are placing innocent lives at risk."

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