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SAPS arrest 43 for gangsterism in Jouberton

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Klerksdorp Record, website – A guesthouse in Jouberton was the scene of some serious action yesterday when the Jouberton police pounced and arrested 40 suspects allegedly involved in acts of gangsterism in this township.

The disruptive operation happened around 16:00 on Wednesday 3 March leading to the arrest of young men between the ages of 18-40, all believed to be members of different gangs in the area.

According to Col Adele Myburgh, police spokesperson, two police officers on patrol noticed that a gathering was taking place at the guest house and they were also threatened to leave the area.

The National Intervention Unit (NIU), Air Wing and Public Order Policing (POP) provided support in the operation. “Three firearms with ammunition were confiscated as well as two petrol bombs and numerous dangerous weapons like pangas and knives.

All 40 suspects are expected to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrates Court on Friday 5 March, on various charges, ranging from conspiracy to commit crime to malicious damage to property.

Earlier the week (2 March), two more suspects were arrested by police for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.  Police members on patrol stopped a Chevrolet with three occupants, they fled from the scene, but police apprehended two suspects. Upon searching the vehicle, a firearm with ammunition, petrol bomb, petrol and stones were discovered. The two suspects were expected to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrates’ Court today.

Another man was arrested after he was recognised at the police station for participating in the attack on Jouberton police on Tuesday. He was arrested for charges of attempted robbery and assault.

According to Col Myburgh, the situation in Jouberton is currently calm and investigation continues.

The Provincial Commissioner congratulated the police members involved for working around the clock to ensure that the perpetrators are put behind bars.

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