Police raid leaves house in chaos

2017-01-19 06:01
Zanele Stamper is angry after her Lower Crossroadshouse was raided by police on Friday.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Zanele Stamper is angry after her Lower Crossroadshouse was raided by police on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Zanele Stamper, from Lower Crossroads, is furious that police raided her house without a search warrant and leaving it in a state of ‘chaos’.

She suffers from chronic depression.

According to her, the incident took place last Friday, and was alerted to the goings-on in her house by neighbours, and upon responding, found her house upside down.

Apart from the “chaos”, she said her Smartphone and about R500 is missing since the raid.

She has since opened a case of theft and housebreaking with the Philippi East police.

Stamper said she stays alone in the house and her boyfriend visits at times.

“I do not understand how they could search my house when there was no one there and without a search warrant. They broke my door, caused a mess and even searched my grocery place.”

She said she felt traumatised and her health was affected.

“I am on medication for depression and migraine,” she added.

However, Captain Bheki Xulu of Philippi-East SAPS Corporate Communication, could neither deny nor confirm if the raid was authorised.

Xulu said, though that police were acting on information that a gang of suspects were holed up in the house.

“We had received information from a resident that the most wanted of suspects were in the house.

“However, upon their arrival, they(police) had to force their way in, believing that the occupants were denying them access(to the house).”

After the raid, the police left empty-handed.

Stamper said: “They left without finding what they were looking for.”

Xulu has confirmed that Stamper has opened a case of damage to property, housebreaking and theft against the police.

Stamper said she did not expect such behaviour from the police and that it was the first time that her house was raided by the police.

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