Operations have been intensified to combat crime in the Uitenhage Cluster in line with the Back to Basics approach to Policing in the Eastern Cape. This included increased police visibility and actions in crime hotspots.
These actions led to the arrest of a 27-year-old male suspect who was found in possession of an illegal shotgun. Members from the Uitenhage Operational Command Centre acted swiftly on Tuesday, 6 June 2017 at about 21:45, after receiving information about an illegal firearm. Members obtained a search warrant which was executed at a house in East Windvoel Crescent, Mandela Village, Uitenhage. Members found a shotgun at the premises and arrested the owner. The 27-year-old man is expected to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 8 June 2017 on a charge of the illegal possession of a firearm.
The Uitenhage Operational Command Centre commander, Brigadier Ronald Koll commended the members for the arrest and said: “The South African Police Service in Uitenhage will intensify their actions to rid the street of the illegal guns”. Brigadier Koll also requested the community to work with the SAPS and to provide valuable information that will lead to the recovery of illegal firearms.
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