PORT ELIZABETH - In creating an environment for South Africans to feel safe and secure, the Anti-Gang Unit has made positive strides into stabilising the gang ridden areas of the Northern areas of Port Elizabeth.
Since the inception of the operations (from 1 July 2019) which entails a door-to-door, street-to-street and house-to-house campaign, a significant reduction in gang related murders and attempted murders is noticed.
The confiscation of contraband and firearms has impacted on de-stabilising gang violence and adversely impacted on the gang alternative economy within the northern areas.
Our endeavours has culminated into the recovery of 24 firearms (4 in this week), 205 rounds of ammunition and 13 020 drugs which include dagga, mandrax and tik and the subsequent arrest of four suspects for murder, five for attempted murder and nine for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition (4 in this week) and 32 for drug related cases.
Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has reiterated that the SAPS will not tolerate lawlessness and it is notable that there has been for the said period a reduction in murder and attempted murders in these areas.' We, as the South African Police Service are obligated to ensure that every resident in South Africa are and feel safe and that our children can again play in the neighbourhood without fear and influence of gang culture. Our operational efforts and the close partnership that has been fostered within the community has created a joint venture to eradicate crime. We once again call upon the residents to stand united and support our efforts in combating the common enemy which is crime and to commit to the partnership,' added Lt Gen Ntshinga.
Source: South African Police Service