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2021/09/30      |  Written By:  Colonel P Naidu   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

Gqeberha: 29 September 2021 - In a dramatic twist of events , an innocent civilian lost his life, two  armed robbery victims shot, three alleged suspects arrested and two firearms recovered last night 28/09 in Newton Park.

The drama unfolded at about 16:20 when the complainant (33) and his two passengers parked their truck at a garage in Cape Road to fill diesel.  Two unknown males approached from the passenger side and attempted to open the door and when they failed, they broke the door while firing shots at the window. Cash and a cellphone was taken. Both passengers sustained gunshot wounds

It is further alleged that four suspects then ran off in different directions. An innocent citizen, Mr Pierre Potgieter( 39 years old) chased after the suspects in his bakkie. At the corners of Frank and 6th Avenue, one suspect fired a shot at Potgieter hitting him in the head. At about 01:40 this morning, 29/09, Mr Potgieter sadly passed away in hospital. With the assistance of the community, police found a 38-year-old suspect  in Disa Road. The suspect was apprehended by a member of the community and handed over to police. A .357 magnum pistol was recovered in Newton Street.  

SAPS Mount Road Crime Prevention members immediately infiltrated the area in search of the other suspects. They received information that another suspect jumped into a white VW Polo. The VW Polo was stopped in Mill Park and members learnt  that the suspect got out near the hospital in Cape Road. A description of the alleged suspect was given and he was spotted running into the hospital premises. The CPU members chased after him on foot and succeeded in arresting the 37-year-old male. A revolver was found in his possession. The driver of the VW Polo, 28-years-old  was also arrested and the vehicle impounded.

Cases of armed robbery, murder, attempted murder (x 2), illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition is being investigated against the 38-year-old suspect (Disa Road). A case of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition was opened against the 37-year-old suspect (arrested in hospital parking). Cases of armed robbery, murder and attempted murder x 2 is being  investigated against the driver of the VW Polo. Police will be probing the possible involvement of the 37-year-old suspect found at the hospital parking to the other crimes.

While acting Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Brig Luntu Ngubelanga lauded the excellent efforts of Mount Road Crime Prevention members, he praised the actions of the late Mr Pierre  Potgieter who sacrificed his life in chasing after the criminals. ‘Our condolences to the family of Mr Potgieter on his tragic passing. Unfortunately, we have criminals  in our society who have absolutely no regard for the patriotic duty discharged by law abiding citizens. We will be working very closely with the prosecuting authority to ensure a watertight cases against these alleged criminals. Our investigators will be working around the clock in search of the outstanding suspect, ‘added Brig Ngubelanga.