Safer Festive Season operations continue in Port Elizabeth

Safer season operations in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro have certainly not abated and police are continuing with intensified police visibility in all hotspot areas across the metro.

On Friday, 3 January 2020 at about 11:00, New Brighton police and Metro police acted on information received of homebrew liquor (mtshovalale) is being concocted at a house in Jawa Street. Security around this house is very secure and access proved difficult on several occasions however on 3/01, members spotted a man walking away from the house and he was stopped and questioned. Police eventually gained access and discovered thousands of litres of homebrewed alcohol and liquor on the premises.

Ten thousand (10 000) litres of homebrew was destroyed and 237 bottles of various alcohol were seized. The owner (68) was issued with a fine R2000 for contravening Section 19 of the Liquor Act trading without a valid liquor licence.

Two firearms were also recovered in separate incidents on Saturday, 4 January 2020. In the first incident, at about 10:30 SAPS Gelvandale members were conducting operations at the Korsten Taxi Rank when they searched a known gang member. An Astra 6.35 pistol and ammunition was found in his possession. The firearm is reported stolen in Kuruman in June 2019. The 22-year-old suspect was arrested and detained. He will appear in the Gelvandale Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 6 January 2020.

Also on 4 January 2020 at about 14:15 an intelligence driven operation resulted in the recovery of a stolen firearm, ammunition and a small quantity of drugs at a house in Humansdorp. A search warrant was executed at a house in Searle Street in Moerasrivier. A 7.65 firearm and ammunition was found hidden in a bushy area of an adjoining yard. Police also confiscated 35 rounds of ammunition, 5 packets of cocaine, 13 packets of tik, 3 mandrax tablets and 11 rolls of dagga. The drugs were found under the dog kennel in the yard. The firearm was reported stolen in Kabega Park in January 2019. The joint operation included members of the Anti-Gang Unit, Public Order Policing, PE K9 unit and SAPS Humansdorp. No arrests were effected and an enquiry docket was opened for further investigation.

During searches in hotspot areas of Gelvandale and Bethelsdorp, two replica firearms were also confiscated.

Mount Road Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile has reiterated that these operations will be continuing beyond the festive season. ‘We will continue in our efforts in cleaning up our streets and ridding them of illegal activities and unlicensed firearms that are used to terrorise and threaten the safety of our communities,’ added Maj Gen Patekile.

Source: South African Police Service