The Jouberton Police in collaboration with the National Intervention Unit (NIU), Air Wing and Public Order Policing (POP), has arrested 43 suspects for alleged gangsterism.
In a statement by the police spokesperson, Colonel Adéle Myburgh, assorted firearms and ammunitions were recovered from the suspects.
Myburgh said the suspects were between the ages of 18 and 40. He said: “ Leading up to the operation, two police officers on patrol allegedly noticed that a gathering was taking place at the guest house and they were also threatened to leave the area.
“ During the operation three firearms with ammunition were confiscated as well as two petrol bombs and numerous dangerous weapons like panga’s and knives.
“ All 40 suspects are expected to appear before the Klerksdorp Magistrates’ Court on various charges, ranging from conspiracy to commit crime to malicious damage to property.
“ On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, two more suspects were arrested by police for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. It is alleged that police members on patrol stopped a Chevrolet Bakkie with three occupants, they fled from the scene, but police apprehended two suspects.
“ Upon searching the bakkie, firearm with ammunition, petrol bomb, petrol and stones were discovered. The two suspects are appearing before the Klerksdorp Magistrates’ Court today. ”
He added that another suspect was arrested after he was recognised by the police station for participating in the attack on Jouberton police.
” He was arrested for charges of attempted robbery and assault. He will also appear before the Klerksdorp Magistrates’ Court.
“ The situation in Jouberton is currently calm and investigation continues. The Provincial Commissioner congratulated the police members involved for working round the clock to ensure that the perpetrators are put behind bars. ”
While warning that acts of lawlessness and undermining authority of the State will not be tolerated, Myburgh said complaints must always be raised in an acceptable manner and within the ambit of the law.