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‪#‎OpLockdownPE‬: Eastern Cape: In the space of just five weeks, the Gang Task team secured lengthy convictions for six accused, sentenced on separate cases relating to gang violence in the Northern areas.

‪The latest conviction was secured today, 10 August 2016 in the Port Elizabeth High Court. On 12 July 2013 two men were fatally shot in an open field in Bethelsdorp.

‪Three accused alighted from a minibus and started shooting at the two deceased. Ivan MacDonald died on the scene while Randy Nel died a few days later in hospital.

A few minutes after the incident, two suspects were arrested by police in another park in Bethelsdorp. When police chased after them, they fired at them. Accused Vuyani Kondile has since died while Preston Baadtjies (28 years) of the Dustlifes was convicted on Friday, 8 August 2016 and sentenced today on the following charges:

  • 2 x Murder Charges – life imprisonment on each
  • Attempted murder (shooting at police) – 12 years;
  • Unlawful possession of firearm – 5 years
  • Unlawful possession of ammunition – 1 year
  • The sentence of unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition will run concurrent to the life sentences.

The sentences imposed upon criminals must be influenced by quality detective work and sound cooperation between investigators and prosecutors. The Operation Lockdown team is achieving the desired results through our successful convictions and the number of arrests made on a daily basis.

Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Brigadier Ernie Neveling, has commended the investigating officer and the prosecuting authority for a successful prosecution.

He added that "the sentencing was as a result of an integrated approach by the different units within the criminal justice system.

These senseless attacks and killings are a concern for the SAPS and we will not be deterred by these heinous acts in our quest to ensure that all people in the Northern areas are and feel safe”.

Tracing operations resulted in 47 arrests of wanted persons during 31 operations conducted. 

Police members visited 1002 Spaza shops, mostly owned by foreign nationals, resulting in two firearms being confiscated and three suspects being arrested for possessing illegal firearms.

The Mitchell's Plain Cluster Commander, Major General Gregory Goss, says the police will maintain a zero tolerance approach in the prevention and investigation of crime. He applauded the good work of all members who participated in these operations in conjunction with other security forces.

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