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2021/08/23      |  Written By:  Colonel P Naidu   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

Gqeberha 20 August 2021:    Operation Basadi in the Nelson Mandela Bay were conducted in various simultaneous multidisciplinary operations held across the metro by  female law enforcement officers( SAPS including specialised units, NMB metro police, NMB traffic, Provincial Traffic, Customs and Excise).

As part of the SAPS delivering on its mandate, including marking the achievements of women in policing, operations led by women(Operation Basadi) started at midnight (00:01) with detective female officers conducting operations for wanted suspects. The operation continued at 10:00 this morning (20/08) in the form of roadblocks, stop-and-search exercises with special focus on illegal firearms, wanted suspects and drugs. Awareness pamphlets on gender Based Violence was also distributed at various shopping centres.

The combined successes (vispol and detectives) achieved in the entire metro  are :

29 – possession of drugs, possession of suspected stolen property, possession of prohibited firearm, assault GBH, theft, shoplifting, malicious damage to property, rape, contravention of a protection order; housebreaking and  house robbery

108 fines were issued by metro traffic, metro police and Provincial traffic with a combined total value of R113 200.

Confiscations included :

Dagga loose and  38 rolls of dagga

89 packets of tik

17 tik pipes.

15 mandrax tablets

59 celllphones

1 VW Polo

7 wrist watches

1 Firearm

1 gas gun


At about 11:20 today,  at a roadblock held on the N2 near Neptune Road in Swartkops, 4 suspects aged between  24 and 29 years old  were arrested with suspected stolen property, a prohibited firearm , watches and a gas gun.  It is alleged that the vehicle, a grey VW Polo was stopped by a female Constable and on searching the vehicle, 4 bags were found in the  boot of the car. 

A total of 59 new cellphones as well as 7 watches and clothing  were confiscated as the occupants could not reasonably account for such possession. Uitenhage K9,’ Vera’s expertise was enhanced when she reacted positively while searching the vehicle. SAPS Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit,  thoroughly searched the vehicle and retrieved a 9mm pistol, a magazine, 15 rounds of ammunition, a gas gun and a gas cartridge from the air vent in the dashboard of the vehicle. The serial number of the firearm was filed off.

The total estimated value of the seized items is R128 000. The suspects  are detained on charges of possession of suspected stolen property and possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition. It is further suspected that these items may be linked to a business robbery that took place at a retail store in Port Alfred this morning.

Acting Nelson Mandela  Bay District Commissioner, Brig Thandiswa Kupiso commended the multidisciplinary teams led by females  of strong and dedicated characters.’ Women can and do make a huge difference by showing determination and willpower to achieve their goals of a safe and secure society. The SAPS is proud of our women who have rightfully taken their positions as leaders and have proven to be the real architects of society.

The significant number of arrests effected within 12 hours by our female law enforcement officers is commendable as they stamped their  authority of the State on criminals.  I urge all our women to continue the fight against gender-based violence and to be more vocal about crimes involving women and children,’ commented Brig Kupiso.