A well-coordinated team effort by role players that included Tactical response team, Crime Intelligence, DPCI Detectives and Kokstad detectives helped avert a Cash In Transit resulting in arrests and recovery of illegal weapons.
Information was received about a Fidelity cash van that was going to be robbed of millions of pension and child support grant which was going to be delivered at Flagstaff Post Office and other areas.
On 9 July 2020, at about 03:30 members of Tactical response team deployed in Qumbu spotted a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle that was going to be used in the cash in transit robbery travelling from Magusheni towards Phakade, near Kokstad. Tactical Response team deployed at Bityi was also mobilized for back and they responded.
The vehicle was stopped and searched and two firearms, a 9mm norinco pistol with one magazine loaded 8 rounds of live ammunition, a 9mm pistol with one magazine loaded with 9 rounds of live ammunition as well as 13 loose 9mm live rounds of ammunition were recovered.
Four male suspects aged 34, 40, 45, and 51 were arrested and charged for illegally possessing firearms and ammunition.
A follow up was conducted and members proceeded to Kokstad where an identified address at Shayamoya was searched. Information was positive and arrests were made for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition and dealing in drugs were recovered.
Two suspects, a female suspect aged 34-year-old and a male aged 40 were charged for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition as well dealing in drugs.
In addition, the following drugs were confiscated-:
1. 194 Hunga tablets
2. 8x sachets of werk drugs
3. 11x 20s of Sharp illicit cigarettes and cash to the value of R21 208, 40.
All the suspects are expected to appear at Kokstad magistrates’Court on 13 July 2020.
Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga applauded the members for great and well-coordinated team effort resulting in this success. “That money was intended for our community who is in need of basic food items for survival, especially at this time. The criminals who were hoping to steal this much needed relief are heartless and through your efforts they are going to face the consequences of their actions in court,” she said.