A suspect – one of 183 arrested in the last few days – was wounded in the leg and slapped with an attempted murder charge after trying to attack a Metro Police officer with a butcher’s knife. Read more below:
An armed robber got more than he bargained for when he tried to stab a Metro Police officer during an altercation in Langa.
Officers were on patrol in Zone 17 on Thursday 10 November 2016 when a member of the public informed them that he had been robbed by two men brandishing a butcher’s knife. The officers gave chase after the victim identified the suspects, but one of the suspects turned on the officers and tried to stab one of them. The officer’s warning shot went unheeded, after which he wounded the suspect in the leg and arrested him. The man was taken to hospital under police guard and the butcher’s knife, measuring approximately 32 cm in length, was confiscated.
On the same day, another Metro Police officer stopped the driver of a Toyota Avanza at a checkpoint on Jakes Gerwel Drive. The officer noticed that the driver reeked of alcohol and when he confronted the man he was offered R50 in cash to let him go. Instead, the officer arrested the driver for drunk driving and bribery. Metro Police officers arrested a further 31 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol during various checkpoints across the city.
‘I hope this incident serves as a warning to drivers not to take a chance on bribing our staff. A drunk driving rap is bad enough. You don’t want to add a bribery hangover to the mix. The number of incidents where the bribery advances of law-breakers have been spurned underscores my belief that our enforcement service is one of the least corrupt in the country and I doff my hat to our staff for their integrity and commitment,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.Another 14 suspects were arrested for drug-related offences – seven of them during a joint crime prevention operation in Lentegeur on Friday 11 November 2016. In addition to the drug arrests, officers also closed down an illegal shebeen and issued 31 traffic fines.
City traffic officers arrested 147 suspects, including 78 for outstanding warrants, 60 for drunk driving, seven for reckless and negligent driving, and one each for resisting arrest and escaping from lawful custody.
Officers also issued 461 fines for various offences and served 814 warrants.
‘Our automatic number plate recognition team is racking up the numbers and tracking down more and more warrant-dodgers. I urge people with outstanding traffic fines to get down to their nearest Traffic Department and sort out their fines, otherwise they could be in for a nasty surprise one of these days,’ added Alderman Smith.