In an effort to curb crimes proliferation of firearms in the Cluster, Mthatha K9 members conducted stop and search around the CBD and its exits when they stopped a suspicious vehicle with no plates on the Nelson Mandela Drive near Myezo Park on 25 March 2019, at about 10:00. When checking the vehicle it came out positive as stolen with Inanda 2009 Cas.
Upon searching it a 9mm Beretta pistol with 13 live rounds was found with no license. A 40 year old man was arrested and taken to the police station for detention. Whilst members still busy with the detention another 40 year old man arrived at the police station to claim his vehicle and he was also arrested for possession of suspected stolen motor vehicle. Both suspects will appear before Mthatha Magistrate Court soon.
Meanwhile the Mthatha Flying Squad acted swiftly on a progress business robbery at a local fuel garage on 26 March 2019, at about 02:30. Members rushed to garage where it was reported that about 5 armed suspects entered the garage and ordered everyone to lie down and demanded money at gunpoint but could not get any.
With the members arrival the suspects fled leaving behind their City Golf with no plates and a Cas. An Ak47 Assault Rifle with 30 rounds and some explosives were found inside it. The vehicle will be linked to other business robberies around Mthatha
“This is the commitment that we should always display in order for us to restore our communities trust in the SAPS. I applaud you for this success. Let’s not give space for the criminals in our cluster. One illegal firearm off their hands saves many lives.” Those are the words from the Acting Cluster Commander Brigadier Mandlakhe Twala.
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