Through Operation Vala Konke police in Gqeberha confiscated five firearms and effected three arrests in separate possession of firearm incidents during this festive weekend.
In the first incident, SAPS Kabega Park members arrested a 27-year-old suspect on Saturday, 24 December 2022 while conducting stop and searches in the Kuyga area. It is alleged that at about 22:10, the suspect was spotted walking in Mbangi Road and when he noticed the police van he started to run. He was apprehended and a 9mm pistol and 5 mandrax tablets were found in his possession. He was detained on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm. Ownership of the firearm is yet to be established.
On Sunday, 25 December 2022 at about 18:00, SAPS Gelvandale members also arrested a 25-year-old suspect in possession of a firearm in Dinsmore Road. While patrolling the hotspot area, the suspect was stopped and searched. He is detained on a charge of possession of a prohibited firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.
Also on the same day, 25 December 2022 Anti-Gang Unit members arrested a 39-year-old suspect allegedly found in possession of three firearms and various calibre ammunition. It is alleged that at about 12:30, intelligence information was received and immediately operationalised. The suspect was spotted walking in Stanford Road and was stopped. The suspect immediately threw his bag on the ground. On searching the bag, three firearms (2 shotguns and a 9mm pistol), 2 magazines and 19 rounds of ammunition were seized. The suspect is detained on charges of possession of prohibited firearms and illegal possession of ammunition.
He is expected to appear in the Gqeberha Magistrates’ Court during the week.
Acting Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Brig Ronald Koll stressed that the confiscation of these firearms will definitely make an impact on the reduction of serious and violent crimes. ‘Our men and women in blue are out in their numbers ensuring that the citizens of NMB enjoy a safer festive season. Firearms are a massive contributor to violent crimes and we will do everything possible to rid the streets of these dangerous weapons,’ warned Brig Koll.
Source: South African Police Service