Two gang members shot dead in PE

2016-05-03 16:42


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Port Elizabeth – Renewed gang violence in the city's Northern Areas resulted in the murders of two gang members, less than 12 hours apart, Eastern Cape police said on Tuesday.

Xandre Jansen, 24, was shot at his Glendinning Street, Schauderville flat as he opened the front door at 21:15 on Monday, Colonel Priscilla Naidu said in a statement.

He died in hospital. A 29-year-old woman was wounded in the leg.

Naidu said that around 09:00 on Tuesday, a 47-year-old "well-known gang member" had died in a hail of bullets in Barberry Street in Extension 31, Bethelsdorp. Donovan Berry had just got out of his car when he was shot several times in the body and face, Naidu said.

Police were investigating cases of murder and attempted murder and had made no arrests in either case.

She said since the launch of Operation Lockdown in March, various police teams deployed to Bethelsdorp and Gelvandale had achieved significant successes.

The National Intervention Unit, Tactical Response Unit, Special Task Force, a detective unit investigating gang-related violence, Crime Intelligence, and the NPA had joined forces to combat gang violence and an escalating crime rate in the areas. 

There had been daily arrests and seizures of illegal firearms, ammunition, and drugs. Naidu praised Gelvandale and Bethelsdorp residents for providing anonymous tip-offs to police.

Information could be reported to 08600 10111 or to Colonel Malizo Ralane on 082 442 1663. All information would be treated as strictly confidential, Naidu said.

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