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2021/02/08      |  Written By:  Colonel S Soci   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

King William’s Town – In an effort to restore stability at Zangqokweni Locality, Ndonga A/A, Lady Frere, following the murders of four (4) elderly people, Operation Catch Up led by Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga yielded positive results with the arrest of three (3) suspects for drugs and liquor related crimes.

The operation conducted on 4 February 2021 between 09:00 and 16:00 led to the arrest of two (2) suspects aged between 35 and 45 years for possession of drugs with an estimated value of R4000.00. Another 45-year-old suspect was arrested for selling liquor without a license. The illegal shebeen was closed and liquor with an estimated value of R2400. 00 was confiscated.

All three suspects will appear before the Lady Frere Magistrate Court on Friday, 05 February 2021.

Lt Gen Ntshinga emphasized that the police cannot and will not tolerate having community living in fear. “During my visit to the village on Wednesday, 3 February 2021, the residents were explicit that they live in fear following the murders in the village. We will continue to be very visible and conduct more of these operations at Zangqokweni Locality and other surrounding localities to stamp the authority of the state and reclaiming the streets of these localities until stability has been restored and the inhabitants are and feel safe again,” she said.

In another unrelated operation to combat armed robberies and stock theft in the Tsolo policing area, information  about the suspect who is in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition was followed up in Lower Malephelephe, Mcetyane, Tsolo. Members proceeded to the homestead of the target and recovered two (2) firearms; AK47 with one (01) magazine containing ten (10) live rounds of ammunition and a Norinco Pistol with one (01) magazine and forty-four (44) live rounds of ammunition.

The 44-year-old suspect was immediately arrested and will appear in the Tsolo Magistrates Court soon on a charge of possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.