Eastern Cape police arrested 40 suspects for murder, robbery and rape amongst others. Image: Arrive A;ive
Eastern Cape Police arrested 40 suspects for various crimes, including murder, robbery, dealing, and possession of drugs and unlicensed firearms.
To fight crime in the Amathole District, Police members stamped authority when they embarked on Operation Vala Konke and managed to arrest over 40 suspects aged between 21 and 53 over the long weekend.
Arrive Alive reported that these arrests come after police conducted various operations around the Amathole District and its policing precinct.
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The 40 suspects were arrested for crimes ranging from dealing and possessing drugs, robbery, common assault, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, murder, selling liquor without a license, and rape.
Police also intensified high visibility in the central business districts, ATMs, beaches, and malls.
Stop and search operations are conducted throughout the province to secure the safety of citizens.
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During these patrols, they closed shebeens as more crime emanated from liquor, and liquor was confiscated.
Police confiscated five unlicensed firearms and ammunition as well as dangerous weapons.
Police also conducted roadblocks within Amathole areas and issued fines worth more than R40 000 to motorists. Five suspects are in police custody for drunken driving.
In Alice, one suspect was arrested for possessing dagga at Kei Bridge.
All the suspects will appear in various Magistrate Courts within the Amathole District today and Wednesday.
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District Commissioner Major General Ngangema Xakavu applauded the members for their excellent work and encouraged them to continue to arrest these criminals.
“We will continue intensifying more boots on the ground to enhance visibility and to ensure that our communities are safe and secure at all times.”Ngangema Xakavu
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Police Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo say the criminals were arrested in joint operations across the province.
Masondo said they were also apprehended for car hijacking, assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.