Massive recovery of firearms and livestock in crime infested Bityi

Relentless determination by SAPS management in the Eastern Cape to root out criminality with all its manifestations in the crime infested Bityi, has incrementally yielded positive results since the massive deployment of forces which began on the 1st May 2021 to date.

Several multi-disciplinary interventions have been initiated in the area coupled with great successes achieved by the South African Police Service teams. Before the police flooded the area several livestock was lost to stock thieves. A large quantity of fire-arms was prevalent and was the most commonly used instrument of murder. House Robberies were the order of the day with stolen cars and drugs retrieved from the villages almost on daily basis.

With the strong presence of Men and Women in blue, and the overwhelming support of the community to clean their villages of criminality, Bityi is no longer the same. What used to be regarded as a battlefield and playground for the stock thieves is now a relatively peaceful zone for the law abiding citizens. Police are aware of a few criminals who use other districts as springboards to launch attacks on Bityi. However, investigations are underway to deal extensively and meticulously with such criminal elements.

The charges ranged from those arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms, unlawful possession of live ammunition, dealing in drugs, murders, stock theft and contravention of Immigration Act etc. About 428 live ammunition has been confiscated from suspects in Bityi, Holsters and Magazines, 41 unlicensed firearms, 408 sheep recovered and handed over to lawful owners and 137 dangerous weapons, a number of Cellphones, toy guns and R45 000 worth of liquor was confiscated with some taverns closed down for non-Compliance.

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