Resident fuming after police fail to check on gang

2014-11-19 00:00

A MAN is infuriated with the Plessislaer police station after they did not attend to eight drunken men who ambushed his family outside their home.

They told him they had no cars to go and help his elderly mother.

Mhlengi Zuma said he was travelling to his mother’s house on Monday night when a group of drunken men obstructed them in the middle of the road.

After they managed to push their way through, the men jumped into a white van and followed Zuma and his family all the way to his mother’s house.

“Six of them jumped out. My wife and children ran into the house and I fought them off,” Zuma said.

After his visit at his mother’s, Zuma went to the Plessislaer police station to report what had happened.

He alleges that the captain in charge did not even write down what he said and just listened, assuring him that if anything happened in the future she would be able to help.

Zuma said when he got home, his mother called him frantically saying that the men had returned and were “revving their engine and flashing their lights outside the gate”.

He phoned the Plessislaer police station once again and asked to speak to the captain.

“She did not even remember anything I told her earlier,” he said.

Zuma then went back to the police station and was told that no vans were available and that they would send out a message to patrolling officers to investigate.

“I called my mother at 3 am and those guys were still outside her gate and the police had not arrived. They did not even come the next day [yesterday] to take statements or check if we were okay,” he said

The Witness asked the SAPS to comment on the allegations but they did not reply before the print deadline.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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