MEC applauds police’s good work

2015-07-22 06:01
NO-NONSENSE: Butana Komphela, MEC for Police, Roads and Transport. 

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NO-NONSENSE: Butana Komphela, MEC for Police, Roads and Transport. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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THE MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Butana Komphela, has applauded police officers for swiftly arresting a man after two suspects had allegedly shot at a farmer, Johannes Kritzenger (70), and his wife, Rita (68), in Vrede on Sunday, 12 July.

The suspects fired shots at the couple and tied them to the furniture in the dining room. They tortured the old couple while demanding a key to the safe.

The suspects fled the scene with a .38 revolver, a cellphone and an undisclosed amount of money.

The injured victims were taken to hospital to get medical attention.

The police managed to arrest one of the suspects on the same day.

He had previously worked for the victims on the farm where the incident happened.

“I’m excited about the great job that the police are doing in the province. They responded very quickly after they had received information about the farm attack that happened in Vrede.

“Within four hours after the crime had been committed, we had arrested one suspect in connection with the attack,” Komphela told Express.

“I’m particularly impressed with the quick reaction by the police concerning attacks on farmers. Whenever there is an incident on a farm, the police respond very swiftly. We have officers who patrol our highways and main roads so that they could respond fast when there are attacks on farmers,” he added.

In a separate incident, a health worker, Sonti Monatisa (55), was arrested in Welkom for the possession of stolen medicine worth R20 000. She will make her second appearence in court on Tuesday (28/07). The police further arrested a man after a shoot-out between himself and the law enforcement officers on the N1 Road in Ventersburg on 14 July.

Komphela has warned would-be criminals that they are not welcome to execute criminal activities in the Free State.

“We are sending a clear message and signal to all those who undermine the law, and to all those who don’t abide by the law that we are at war with criminals.

“We are not tolerating any form of crime in our province. Those who commit crime will face the might of the law,” Komphela warned

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