Swift police action result in recovery of stolen police firearm: Gqeberha

GQEBERHA – Excellent collaboration between various police units including off duty police officers ended in the arrest of two suspects and the recovery of a police firearm that was taken in a robbery on Thursday afternoon, 2 February 2023.

It is alleged that at about 13:00 on the mentioned date, a police Constable from SAPS Kwanobuhle was on duty and was in a shop in Nyanda Street when he was attacked from behind by an unknown person. He was hit on his head with a blunt object. When the dazed member fell, the suspect grabbed his firearm and ran off.

Immediately, various police units mobilised to hunt for the suspect. Nelson Mandela Bay District Crime Combatting Unit (CCU) members who were off duty activated their informers and started the search for the suspect. They were later assisted by SAPS Kwanobuhle Crime Prevention members (both on and off duty) as well as the Provincial OCI (Gang Investigation).

The team conducted an extensive search in the Gunguluza area 11, a hotspot for criminality. At about 22:40, one suspect aged 27, was arrested at a house in Nyembu Street where he was found in possession of ammunition. The second suspect, aged 25-years-old was arrested at a house in Bantom Street. He was found in possession of the police firearm.

The 27-year-old was detained on a charge of illegal possession of ammunition while the 25-year-old was detained on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and attempted murder. Additional charges may be added as the investigation unfolds.

They are expected to appear in the Kwanobuhle magistrate court on Monday, 6 February 2023.

Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Maj Gen Vuyisile Ncata commended the team for their swift activation which led to the arrests and recovery of the firearm. ’Criminals who blatantly disrespect and have no fear of the law will be dealt with accordingly. We applaud the excellent teamwork by members especially those that were off duty who never hesitated to immediately hunt for the alleged perpetrator. Such dedication and care is synonymous to the camaraderie shared by police officers,’ added Maj Gen Ncata.

Source: South African Police Service

Suspects sought for separate shooting incidents

MPUMALANGA – Police in Mpumalanga are looking for suspects involved in two separate gun related incidents.

Furthermore, the management therefore calls on community members to report any form of misuse of firearms, mishandling of firearms and all unlawful firearms within the community.

The management mentioned that one life lost is too many. It takes one shot to increase the number of orphans and widows in the country.

In recent days, police has witnessed a number of gun related incidents, either domestic or criminally related.

It was a traumatic experience for two girls aged 6 and 8 when they narrowly escaped death with their father in the hands of two unknown criminals who opened fire in their vehicle this morning in Belfast at about 08:45.

According to information, the two minors were driving out of the yard with their father when two criminals who had their faces covered with balaclavas opened fire.

The father instructed the kids to alight from the vehicle and seek refugee from neighbours.

The assailants proceeded to the victim’s vehicle and fired more shots.

The two assailants then rushed towards their gateway grey Toyota Corolla and fled the scene.

The victim sustained two gunshots on his hand and back, he further sustained some injuries due to shattered glasses when his vehicle bumped into his wall. He was transported to Belfast hospital where he received treatment before he was transferred to the undisclosed hospital for his safety.

In a separate incident, a male victim was not as lucky as he succumbed to the gunshot wound in Mahashe trust in Acornhoek last night, Friday 3 February 2023. His body was recovered at about 22:30.

The victim’s lifeless body believed to be in his 40s was found abandoned with a bullet wound on his thigh in Mahashe trust near the dumping site.

According to information, the victim was found naked and his uniform dumped next to his body.

Preliminary investigation indicated that the victim was a manager in one of the clothing store in Acornhoek shopping complex.

The victim was certified dead by medical practitioners on the scenes.

The police management calls on anyone with information that might assist in the investigation to contact the nearest police station or call the police on the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 alternatively send tipoffs on MySAPS App. The management guarantees confidentiality in all information and the identity of the information provider.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has strongly condemned the incidents and calls upon the community members to report illegal firearms, mishandling and firearms related threats.

Source: South African Police Service