Daily Archives: July 6, 2019

81 Suspects arrested in Plettenberg Bay protests

WESTERN CAPE � In response to service delivery related protests that erupted in Plettenberg Bay on Tuesday, 02 July 2019, the police arrested a total of 81 suspects on various charges and opened a number of case dockets for investigation.

These suspects aged between 13 and 57 are facing charges of public violence, burglary at business premises, House breaking and theft as well as malicious damage to property. The police also arrested seven suspects after stolen property were found in their possession in and around the industrial area.

A 28-year-old suspect was released and she was warned to appear in court next week. The other suspects remains in custody and all of them will appear in the Plettenberg Bay Magistrates’ court on Monday, 08 July 2019.

A number of properties and vehicles were damaged during this period and these incidents forms part of the police investigation into this matter.

The N2 highway that was closed as a result of the protest action was reopened this morning and Public Order Police members are patrolling the area. They are currently monitoring the situation and will remain on the ground until the situation is stabilized.

Source: South African Police Service

News: Four suspects arrested for possession of abalone in Milnerton

WESTERN CAPE – Partnership policing in the Milnerton area contributed to stopping four men in their tracks last night when police acted on information they received from the community about abalone that was kept in a house in Milnerton.

On Friday, 05 July 2019 at 22:20, members of the Provincial Reaction Team headed to a premises in Molley Brown Street Milnerton, following up on information of alleged abalone dealings. Upon their arrival the premises was searched and six plastic bags, containing fresh abalone, including a variety of equipment for preparing abalone were recovered. The value of the abalone and equipment is yet to be determined.

Four suspects aged 33, 36, 38 and 40 were arrested and will appear in court on charges of possession of abalone once they have been charged.

Source: South African Police Service

Despatch police investigate business robbery after three men hit spaza shop

EASTERN CAPE – On Friday, 5 July 2019 around 6:20pm, it is alleged that three men armed with firearms stormed into a spaza shop in Mahashe Street, Khayamnandi area (Despatch) and held a 36-year-old shop owner and his assistant at gunpoint.

Suspects stole undisclosed amount of cash, airtime vouchers, cigarettes and two cellphones before fleeing the scene. Police are urging anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects to contact the nearest police station or to share information via Crime Stop 08600 10111.

Source: South African Police Service

Police condemn mob attacks after the brutal killng of two women

POLOKWANE – The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has condemned, in the strongest possible terms the brutal killing of two women at Ha-Mashau Misevhe village A and C, in the Levubu policing area during an apparent mob justice incident on Friday, 05 July 2019.

According to the Preliminary police investigations, the brutal attacks followed a chain of events which started on 05 July 2019 at about 10:00 in the morning when the body of a reported missing 12-year-old boy was retrieved from the river around Ha-Mashau village .The deceased, Abelo Muila, was reported missing on the 10 June this year, after he allegedly disappeared while playing with his friends at a local complex.

Subsequent to this discovery, the community members apparently gathered to discuss the matter. Later at about 22:00, they mobilised themselves, attacked the two women with various objects, stripped them naked before setting them alight.

The police and the medical emergency services were called following the frantic calls emanating from this area and responded quickly. On arrival at the scene, they made the gruesome discovery of the two women, badly burnt. One woman was certified dead on the scene whereas another died later in hospital. When the police arrived at the scene, the crowd had already dispersed.

Further preliminary investigation revealed that following this gruesome incident, the crowd proceeded to the yard belonging to a 79-year-old man and burned all his three houses. The victim managed to escape without injuries.

The two women were identified as Mudziwa Esther whose age is not yet determined and 66-year-old Hulumeni Sarah Masiagwala, both from Matsindevhe village. Two cases of murder, one of inquest and Arson were opened for investigation.

The Public Order Police (Pops) members have been deployed in the area to monitor the situation.

The Provincial Commissioner has ordered an immediate investigation into this mob justice incident and that all the necessary resources must be mobilized to, as soon as possible, track down the suspects involved.

The police will continue to deal mercilessly with every person who resorts to taking the law into their own hands. Community members are warned to refrain from these heinous acts and that they should instead cooperate with the Police,” said Lt Gen Ledwaba.

Following the intensive investigations, the police have this afternoon arrested two suspects aged 16 and 17. More arrests are expected. Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the other suspects involved in this matter is requested to contact Detective Warrant Officer Mudogwa Mutshutshu on 072 107 6731, the crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest police station.

Source: South African Police Service