EASTERN Cape Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has expressed her satisfaction with police deployments and successes achieved during operations over the Easter Holiday.
Ntshinga said in the execution of the police plan from April 10 to 18, 1 181 people were arrested for various crimes. A total of 33 firearms were seized and 25 illegal shebeens were closed with nearly 1 800 litres off liquor confiscated.
Ntshinga said with the link between alcohol abuse and crimes such as murder and rape, the policing of alcohol outlets and closing down of illegal outlets remained a priority.
Good progress was being made in the curbing of gang rape activities in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth with 10 suspects linked to gangs and the drug trade were arrested and two illegal firearms seized.
Wieshes for better health were sent to Constable Nceba Takayi who was injured during a shootout with two suspects in Kwazakele over the Easter weekend. One of the most wanted suspects for murder and robbery in the Motherwell area, Lungisile Mjolweni, was killed in the shootout.
Ntshinga also expressed her appreciation to the many role-players and stakeholders who partnered with the police during operations, extending a special word of thanks to the many traffic officials deployed at roadblocks.