Several gang-related arrests in northern areas

Port Elizabeth police have made several significant gang-related arrests in the city’s northern areas over the past five days.

In one case, Romario De Lang, 22, handed himself on Thursday after shooting at police in Kobus Road, Gelvandale earlier that morning. De Lange appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Friday and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on July 28.

Earlier this week, the Gang Task team, assisted by the intervention team, arrested Jerome “Rompa” Prins, 18, at his Gelvandale home on Monday. He is charged with three counts of attempted murder after he allegedly shot at three complainants sitting in a play park.

Prins appeared in court on Wednesday and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on July 28.

On Tuesday, Gregory Mali, 34 was arrested in connection with the June 19 murder of Sean “Naco” Berry, 30. Mali appeared in court the next day and will also appear in court again on July 28.

Also on Tuesday, two suspects – Emely Van Jaarsveld and Jean-Pierre Scharde – were arrested by members of the K9 Unit deployed under Operation Lockdown which received information of illegal perlemoen activity at a McHardy Avenue, Holland Park house.

The two were released on R1000 bail each and will appear in court on August 11.

On Friday, members of the Visible Gang Intervention Unit were in Gale Street, Gelvandale at about 8am when their vehicle was stoned by three people.

A detective vehicle who was traveling behind the marked police vehicle witnessed the incident and chased after the suspects. Three suspects, two aged 18 and a 36-year-old were arrested and detained for Malicious Damage to Property.

In addition to the arrests, 12 firearms were confiscated so far this mroning.

Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said: “Police performing duties under Operation Lockdown are working tirelessly to ensure that the people of Gelvandale and Bethelsdorp are and feel safe.

“The Acting Cluster Commander for Mount Road cluster, Brigadier Ernie Neveling, stated that our members are committed to bringing criminals to book and we will ensure that, through our investigations, criminals will be sent to prison for a long time.”

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