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2023/01/10      |  Written By:  Captain U Roelofse   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

EC:JOE GQABI DISTRICT - As new year celebrations continue in the  Joe Gqabi District SAPS members  in conjuction with other law enforcement agencies members  worked  tiresly to ensure  the enforcement of various legislation continued and  the safety and security of all citizens were  ensure   as   operation "Vala Konke" continued  during the past week and  festive  weekend and  yield the following positive successes. 

The Joe Gqabi District Commissioner Maj Genl Lindelwa Vellem together with her senior officers and Station Commanders  took the lead in the operations and effected duties such as foot beat  together with  the members on the ground. 

Junior constables that were deployed after "project 10 000" beef up the manpower during this very busy time and performed duties under the watchfull eyes of senior Commanders. The operations included static roadblocks, high density  patrols, stop and search for illegal firearms, drugs, dangerous weapons, prevention of stock theft , closing of illegal shebeens and the compliance of Liqour outlets. 

During the time period the  operations also included awareness campaigns, visibility at malls, visits to Liqour outlets and second hand goods stores   for compliance inspections, monitoring of  migidi  events and inisiation schools.

The Detectives focused on the tracing of wanted suspects. Members from the different stations and spesialize units supported the activities. 

The following arrests were effected and recoveries achieved :

42  arrests were made in different crime categories. 

1770  people searched 

521 vehicles  searched

57  traffic  and J534 fines were  issued 

32  dangerous weapons

120 g drugs 

21,5805 l Liqour and 6000l of  concoctions were  confiscated. Vala Konke also has successes across the border when  Aliwal North Crime Intelligence and the Stock Theft and endangered species unit followed up on positive information that led to the recovery of 12 sheep after the suspect was apprehended on the Freestate side. 

In the Kat-Kop area of policing spesialize units supported the station and  two unlisenced firearms were recovered a shotgun and 9mm black  Norinko. Two  suspects age 33 and 35 years old were arrested. Murders in the area is a priority crime and on further investigation the firearms are to be linked to other cases  and will have a positive impact on crime.   

The Joe Gqabi District Commissioner , Maj Genl Lindelwa Vellem  applauded all the SAPS members  for their  continues commitment and dedication  as  most people are relaxing and enjoying celebrations. The  successes  reached is proof  of the SAPS that  continue    keeping our communities safe and secure during the Festive period. 

It is clear that those people that did not keep to law and order  could feel our presence.  The operations will continue to ensure the well being and safety of all citizens.