Mostly senior police officers from the surrounding clusters complimented the manpower of the officers from Humansdorp and Uitenhage clusters and saturated the two clusters in several operations that were conducted in phases to ensure that streets are clean from criminal elements on 18 October 2019.
On Friday, from 08:00 up to 22:00, cross-cluster disruptive crime prevention operations dubbed “Gijima Tsotsi” yielded positive results after 32 motorists were fined for several traffic offences totalling R22 050. Two shebeens were also closed and owners received R 2 500 each for contravening the Eastern Cape Liquor Act.
Seven wanted suspects were arrested, among them a man that has been avoiding his court case after he was nabbed for possession of unlicensed firearm in May 2018.
A total of 10 suspects were arrested on drug related cases ranging from possession of dagga to the possession of crystal meth. At one of the drug posts in Uitenhage, police seized bankies of tik and a stack of pain tablets while a suspect was also charged for contravening the Medicine Act.
One motorist was also nabbed for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. During these operations, police seized 1 800 counterfeit DVDs and also confiscated several dangerous weapons such as knives and axes.
In some of these operations, other law enforcement agencies such as municipal traffic officers became a force multiplier. Police also recovered a vehicle (VW Polo) that was reported stolen in Witbank in August this year.
The Provincial Head for Visible Policing, Brigadier Malibongwe Ntsabo commended the efforts of the officers from the SAPS and other departments. These operations are aimed at reducing serious crimes throughout the Province. Each station area has their own challenges therefore as the SAPS we need to adopt new strategies”, added Brig Ntsabo.
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