A gang leader in Port Elizabeth’s north was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment after being found guilty of attempted murder by the local regional court last week.
Leswin Felix, 19, was arrested in March this year after he fired several shots at a 23-year-old man who sustained wounds to his leg.
Police spokesperson Capt Sandra Janse van Rensburg said Felix was a well-known gang leader in the northern area. “The hard work of the Port Elizabeth gang task team has ensured that another gang member is sent to prison for a long time.
He fired several shots at the complainant and during the shooting incident the 23-year-old was wounded in the leg. Two days after the incident, Felix was arrested in Gelvandale,” Van Rensburg said.
The Port Elizabeth Regional Court found him guilty of attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. “In light of the fact that gangsterism is very prevalent in the northern areas, this success is huge and will go far in addressing the challenges that gangsterism poses in our communities.
“Maj-Gen Dawie Rabie, the cluster commander of Mount Road, applauded the Port Elizabeth gang task team for the sterling work,” Van Rensburg said.
Gang-related shootings in the northern areas resulted in the closure of schools in areas like Gelvandale, Helenvale and Bethelsdorp.
The then MEC for safety and liaison, Helen Sauls-August, said about 117 people were killed between 2012 and March this year due to gang-related fights.
Van Rensburg said incidents of gang- related fights were still being reported in the northern areas. “With the establishment of the task team, we are doing all in our power to fight the scourge.”
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