North Cluster arrests over 100 people over two days

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The Ekurhuleni North Cluster police stations involved in crime operations from July 27 to 29 arrested 134 suspects for different crimes.

SAPS communications officer Captain Manyadza Ralidzhivha said the aim of the operation was to combat crime in their policing precinct.

“Police from different stations in the Ekurhuleni North Cluster had managed to arrest suspects for crimes ranging from shoplifting to murder.

“A 32-year-old man was arrested in Ivory Park for murder.

“The police were called to a scene in Kaalfontein Extension 14 where they found a man lying in a pool of blood. He had a stab wound in the chest and hand.

“During the early hours of July 29, the Ivory Park detectives had managed to trace the suspect and arrested him,” said Ralidzhivha.

He said on July 27 a murder suspect handed himself over to police at the Kempton Park Police Station. Ralidzhivha said the suspect had fatally shot a patron at a tavern on the corner of West Street and Oak Avenue.

According to Ralidzhivha the suspect also handed in the firearm that he committed the murder with.

“Four suspects were arrested by Edenvale police for obstructing metro police from executing their duties.

“There was an accident that involved two vehicles. When the metro police officer tried to remove the licence disc the four men started to fight him.

“Police arrived on the scene and the suspects were apprehended and detained at the Edenvale Police Station,” said Ralidzhivha.

He said in another incident, two men, aged 24 and 26, were arrested in Teanong Section after they had accosted an Ivory Park man who was on his way to visit his girlfriend.

The victim alleged that he met three men, one in possession of a firearm.

“The victim was pointed at with that firearm and robbed of his cellphone and cash. He managed to follow one of the suspects and identify their address.

“After opening a case with police, the police went to the house and found the two men.

“They were arrested for armed robbery and were detained at Tembisa cells,” said Ralidzhivha.

In Tshepo Section, community members made a citizen’s arrest.

“They chased this man after he and his two friends had robbed a spaza shop.

“One suspect was in possession of a firearm and the other a hammer.

“The complainant was assaulted with the hammer. The victim was robbed of cash and cellphones; the community gave chase and managed to apprehend a 28-year-old man.

He added that in another incident, a 38-year-old stepfather was arrested for the rape of his stepdaughter.

“The stepdaughter alleged that when the suspect came back from work he found her asleep.

“He had asked her if he could join her under her blankets, she refused.

“He pushed her and got under the blankets with her. The suspect forcefully undressed her, overpowered her and raped her,” said Ralidzhivha.

Another man was assaulted in Tswelopele by the community.

“It is alleged the man had robbed somebody of his cellphone. The community got hold of him and assaulted him with stones and bricks.

“Police came to rescue him from the mob. When the mob was about to burn him with a tyre an ambulance was called to the scene.

“The unknown man was declared dead on the scene by the paramedics.

“Police had opened a case of mob justice. The Ekurhuleni cluster police are appealing to members of the community to not to take the law into their own hands,” said Ralidzhivha.

“Police had further arrested 48 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol, 15 for reckless and negligent driving, 22 for having been found in possession of drugs, and 14 were arrested for shoplifting,” said Ralidzhivha.

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Jantji Ngwenyama
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