Police hot on the trials of criminals in the northern areas in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth: The National Intervention Unit are once again deployed to the northern areas of Port Elizabeth for the next three months. The team of 30 members started their duties a day after the visit by Police Minister, Mr Bheki Cele, MP who visited Port Elizabeth on 3 December 2018. The Minister of Police, the National Commissioner, General KJ Sitole and the Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen LE Ntshinga engaged with stakeholders from the areas of Gelvandale and Bethesdorp. The Police Minister returned to the city on 10 December 2018 to engage with the communities.

The National Intervention Unit will be deployed only in the northern areas focussing on intelligence driven and target orientated information.

On Monday, 10 December 2018, as a result of a multi-disciplinary team operation, two suspects were arrested for suspected gang related murders. On Friday, 30 November 2018 at about 18:00, Karin Camilla Crafford (38) was fatally wounded while walking in Gail Road. Rival gangs were shooting at each other and a stray bullet hit her in her shoulder at the back. On 20 November 2018, a 43-year-old man sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his head and was found lying in Rensburg Street in Arcadia Bethelsdorp. The deceased was identified as Marlin Koopman. Both suspects aged 22, are expected to appear in court soon on their respective cases.

Since 3 December 2018, a total of 12 suspected gang affiliates are in police custody for crimes ranging from murder, attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms, theft of stolen vehicle and hijacking.

Lt Gen Ntshinga stated that the police will be stamping the authority of the State on these criminals who have no respect or regard for human life. ‘We will continue with our integrated approach to ensure community safety. Our actions will be intensified until we are satisfied that the area has stabilised and the communities are safe,’ added Lt Gen Ntshinga.

Lt Gen Ntshinga once again appealed to communities to work with the police towards our common goal of ensuring safety of our citizens.

Source: South African Police Service