‘Madiba’ magic and kindred spirits reined on the 18 July 2017 when SAPS members across the province in partnership with various organizations sacrificed their time and rendered services and assistance to those in need.
Deputy Minister of Police, Mr Bongani Mkongi, Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Ms Weziwe Tikana and the Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga finished an eventful Nelson Mandela Day that started very early in King Williams Town with an anti-crime operation.
The Deputy Minister planted plant a yellow-wood tree at Fort Beaufort SAPS as a sign of hope and renewal. The station had been closed for some time for renovations. Deputy Minister Mkongi signed the Occurrence Book at the station before proceeding to visit the Swartbooi family to hand over groceries and clothing items donated by SAPS members attached to the Provincial Head Office, Mdantsane, King William’s Town, Port Alfred and Grahamstown Clusters. The family was selected with the help of a social worker because of their destitute condition. MEC Tikana donated cash to replace a broken window of the Swartbooi home while the Deputy Minister promised fencing of the home in order to strengthen the family’s privacy and security.
“Police have decided to come here today to offer our help and show care to those in need. While we fight crime, we acknowledge that the biggest crime against humanity, is poverty. We came here with this gift and we hope that you will enjoy it and remember Nelson Mandela Day 2017”, said Deputy Minister Mkongi.
The 67 Minutes concluded at Amandla Pre-school where painting and minor repairs were done by members and employees of the SAPS. The three leaders and other senior managers joined painting the school and shared words of encouragement to the teachers, care-givers and little tots.
While the Madiba spirit was upon us all, the continuous eradication and clamping down on drug trafficking and illegal firearms were not neglected and yielded good results.
- On 19 July 2017, a 28-year- old male was arrested at a house in Lorraine with drugs (cocaine, crack cocaine and khat) with an estimated street value of R300 000. At about 13:00, members from PE K9, Flying squad and the Operational Command Centre executed a search warrant at the house and the drugs were found in a vehicle parked on the premises. Large amount of cash was also found in the house. The suspect appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate Court on 20 July 2017 on a charge of dealing in drugs.
- In another incident, Humewood members confiscated dagga with an estimated value of R200 000 at a flat in Humewood Gardens. At about 17:00, members were conducting a routine operation when they noticed a man walking towards them. As the members approached the man, he threw a set of keys on the ground and ran away. Further investigation led the members to a flat where they discovered the dagga. No arrests were made.
- Police in Mthatha netted good results through intelligence-driven operations. An operation conducted at Ngangelizwe township, Mthatha and New Homes, Tsolo on 19 July 2017 at about 04:00 resulted in the arrest of three (3) suspects aged between 25 and 35 years old after they were found in possession of 60 Mandrax tablets and 55 bompies of dagga and cash believed to be generated through the sales of drugs. They appeared in the Mthatha and Tsolo Magistrate Courts for possession and dealing in drugs on 20 July 2017.
Enhancing police visibility in hot spot areas in the Bethelsdorp policing precinct has resulted in the arrest of a suspect and confiscation of a firearm and ammunition. On 19 July 2017 at about 18:30, members from SAPS Bethelsdorp were patrolling in Gloxinia Street, when they noticed a suspicious looking male. The officers approached the man and upon searching him, recovered a 9mm Lugar firearm, 13 rounds of ammunition, 2 shotgun rounds and a magazine. The 18-year-old teenager was detained on charges of illegal possession of a prohibited firearm, illegal possession of ammunition x 2, conspiracy to commit a crime, theft and possession of suspected stolen property. He will appear in Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 21 July 2017.
- In an effort to minimize contact crimes, police in Mthatha followed an information on illegal firearms and ammunition at Mpheko Locality, Mthatha during the early hours of 20 July 2017 and arrested three (3) suspects aged between 34 and 77 years old, after they were found with three illegal firearms and 47 rounds of ammunition. The suspects will appear in the Mthatha Magistrate Court on 21 July 2017 for possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.
- Crimes against women and children will not be tolerated and a 42-year-old suspect was arrested on 19 July 2017 in Cala for the murder of two elderly women at Sundwana Locality at Ngcobo on 2 July 2017. He appeared briefly at Ngcobo Magistrate Court on 20 July 2017. He was not asked to plead and the case was remanded to 31 July 2017. The suspects remains in custody.