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Blompark situation presently ‘under control’

Gansbaai police report that after months of gang-related incidents in the Blompark neighbourhood the area is presently quiet and the situation seems to be under control.

“For the last three weeks there were no incidents,” said Gansbaai Police Station Commander Lieutenant Colonel Winston Coetzee. “The last incident occurred on 1 November, when someone was shot in the abdomen. The person, whose name cannot be mentioned for safety reasons, is recovering in hospital.”

Aubrey Salies (26), Shadley Bartus (27) and a minor were arrested in connection with this incident.

“They appeared in the Hermanus Magistrates’ Court on charges of attempted murder,” Coetzee said. “Bail was successfully opposed, and they will remain in custody until their next court appearance on Monday 2 December.”

He confirmed Gansbaai police have increased their presence in the area, and have conducted weekly operations that have yielded much success.

“Two illegal firearms with ammunition, which could have been used in further attacks, were confiscated and taken out of the hands of criminals. At a vehicle control checkpoint members also arrested seven suspects travelling in the direction of Blompark, after officials confiscated ammunition hidden in their vehicle.”

In a sequel to the incident, police arrested two more suspects for possession of ammunition found during a search of two nearby premises.

“Drugs were also confiscated when various drug outlets were searched,” Coetzee said. “A total of 28 people were arrested on charges of dealing in and possession of drugs.

“As the station commander I am very proud of my personnel and their successes so far. By doing so they ensure our neighbourhoods are safer and more secure spaces for our communities.

“I also want to thank the community members who work with us by reporting illegal activities. We can do so much better with more community involvement. It is of the utmost importance that our people report illegal activities so we as law enforcement agencies can enforce the rule of law, especially on these criminals. All intelligence received is treated with the utmost confidentiality, the informant remaining anonymous.”

Coetzee warned: “These operations will be intensified over the festive season. We as police will have a zero-tolerance approach to any crime committed and to any would-be criminal.”

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