Police arrest 1,377 suspects for crime across EC in just one week
A total of 1,377 suspects were arrested in the Eastern Cape over the past seven days for various crimes, ranging from murder, robbery, rape and stock theft.
Provincial police spokesperson Captain Khaya Tonjeni said the suspects were nabbed in different crime prevention operations within 21 clusters. He said from the arrests, 23 were for murder, with 43 robbery suspects arrested.
Tonjeni added that 24 suspects were arrested for rape, while 190 were for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. 40 suspects were arrested for stock and general theft. “Through the well planned and carefully executed operations 39 firearms, 506 rounds of ammunition were also recovered and removed from the hands of criminals. The 39 firearms include 34 revolver pistols, two riffles and three shot guns. All the firearms will be taken for ballistic tests to ascertain whether they have been used earlier in the commission of crime.” He said.
Tonjeni added that 9,700 counterfeit goods, 77 cell phones, 218 dangerous weapons including 208 knives, 400 mandrax tablets and 15 vehicles were recovered. He said the suspects will appear in various courts throughout the province...