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2021/10/07      |  Written By:  Colonel P Naidu   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

Gqeberha 6 October 2021: Infiltrating gang hotspot areas and monitoring their  movements resulted in the confiscation of three firearms and arrest of three suspects in separate  incidents.

During the early hours of yesterday morning, 5/10 at about 01:20, Anti-Gang Unit members were  patrolling in  William Slabbert Street in Timothy Valley when they  noticed a motorbike riding in front  of them. As it turned into Mpuku Street, members pulled it over. A 30 year old male was questioned and admitted to the officials that he has a firearm in his possession. A pistol and an empty magazine was confiscated. The motorbike was also seized as it was suspected to be stolen.

The suspect was arrested on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, possession of suspected stolen motor bike  and for contravening the Disaster Management Act – failure to confine himself to his residence during curfew.

Also on 4 October 2021 at about 16:00, Anti-Gang Unit members received and followed up on information  of possible firearms at a house in Bedford Street in Neave Township. Two suspects between the ages of 25-30 years old were arrested and two firearms seized.

All three firearms will be sent to forensics for analysis.

Acting Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Brigadier Tandiswa Kupiso commended the AGU members for ensuring that criminals have no space to move.’ Criminals must never undermine the ability of our police officers and we will continuously be in their space in order to ensure the safety of our communities,’ added Brig Kupiso.