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Shotguns and ammunition recovered. Photos: SAPS.

Swift police reaction saves 18 lives from gun-toting hitmen

Swift police action resulted in the arrest of seven hitmen planning to take down 18 lives of taxi association members in Gqeberha

swift reaction

Shotguns and ammunition recovered. Photos: SAPS.

A swift police reaction led to the prevention of deaths of 18 lives from gun-toting hitmen.


Police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said the SAPS management has commended the swift move by police in apprehending seven suspects and the seizure of firearms and ammunition.

“Management further praised the members for their bravery and patriotism that averted major bloodshed and saved the lives of about 18 people,” he said.
Kinana said this follows after police were alerted to a shooting incident which occurred on Wednesday morning, 27 July at about 11:00 at Peddie Taxi Rank.

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Shotguns recovered by police.

“According to the report, Border Alliance Taxi association held an executive meeting at the taxi rank when three male suspects arrived carrying firearms and started firing shots. It is alleged that members in the meeting returned fire and during the exchange of gunshots, one of the assailants was injured.”
“Upon receiving the information, members swiftly proceeded to the scene, where upon arrival, the suspects were pursued and subsequently arrested near the truck-in at Gqeberha”. 


He went on to say one of the suspects, who was reportedly injured, was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention while his two accomplices were arrested.


“During the investigation, the detectives were informed about the remaining suspects’ hideout at Kenton On Sea.
The information was operationalized leading to the arrest of the four remaining suspects aged between 28 and 44 at various residences at Ekuphumleni and Ndokwenza Townships and Kenton On Sea respectively.”

“Three firearms and live ammunition were confiscated. All four suspects were charged for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, while their three accomplices, who were arrested in Motherwell area, were charged for attempted murder cases.”



Kinana added that the seven suspects appeared in the Alexandria Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 29 July 2022 and both cases were postponed to 03 and 04 August for further investigation and a formal bail application.

Kinana mentioned that the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nomthetheleli Mene expressed gratitude to SAPS members who saved many lives by arresting and confiscating the deadly guns and ammunition from the suspects.