Sex crime suspects blitzed

2012-01-04 00:00

A SURPRISE blitz by the Police’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) units throughout the province has netted at least fifty suspects who were wanted in connection with various sexual offences, and who saw in the New Year in police cells.

The raids were conducted between Thursday and Friday December 30 last week. Forty one of the arrested suspects were wanted for rape, one for attempted rape, six for sexual assault and two for domestic violence.

They will be charged and are expected to appear in the various courts this week. Twelve of the 50 suspects are from the midlands area. Three were arrested in the Mountain Rise Policing Precinct, one in Plessislaer, three in Greytown, two in Msinga, one in Muden, one in Himeville and one in the Mid-Illovo area.

SAPS police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said with the revival of the unit, they had decided to increase their intensity in catching the wanted suspects, as they considered the sexual crimes against women and children especially heinous.

“While we do not have a profile of these wanted criminals, we know that most of them are closely related to their victims or are known to them like uncles and friends.

“We picked this time to conduct the blitz because we know it is usually the time that the perpetrators often come back to the areas where they had committed those crimes as they want to be close to their families.”

Colonel Naicker said since the recent reintroduction of the FCS units, they have notched up a number of successful arrests and convictions of sexual offenders, with a significant number being sentenced to life imprisonment. He said the blitz was not a one-time event and was something that will continue all year round.

“The people we arrested were suspects that we had been looking for and we will continue to look for the other outstanding suspects.”

“We aim to clamp down on these kinds of crime as the crimes against women and the children are considered to be very bad. And we want to see them arrested and convicted.”

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, urged the members of the FCS units to continue focusing on the Child Justice Act in an effort to protect children and prosecute all those who perpetrate crimes against them.

“We are turning the tide against crime in general and crimes perpetrated against vulnerable women and children, in particular”, said the provincial commissioner.

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