Security looks out for locals

2016-03-22 06:00
GSCISD CEO Anthony Davies (left) handed awards to local security officers Samuel Nlapo, Daniel Tsagae and Amos Qwabi for their recent brave work that led to the arrest of two suspected robbers, with Colonel Myla Dyers of Mowbray police and GSCID operations manager Charl Brooks.

GSCISD CEO Anthony Davies (left) handed awards to local security officers Samuel Nlapo, Daniel Tsagae and Amos Qwabi for their recent brave work that led to the arrest of two suspected robbers, with Colonel Myla Dyers of Mowbray police and GSCID operations manager Charl Brooks.

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Security officers of the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCISD have been playing their part in getting suspects behind bars.

The quick-witted and speedy action of one GSCID security officer recently led to the arrest of two suspects high on the wanted list for committing crime in and around the peninsula.

While stationed in a mobile security kiosk on the corner of Cecil Road and Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray in the early hours of Saturday 5 March, officer Mdibanisi Rala observed a suspicious red Ford Midge dropping off two men.

They followed a female student in the direction of Cecil Park further along Cecil Road.

Rala was immediately suspicious and called for backup from GSCID mobile patrol cars. Three vehicles, driven by officers Daniel Tsagae, Amos Qwabi and Samuel Nlapo, gave chase in a pincer manoeuvre along Rhodes Avenue, Cecil and Bollihope roads.

As the three patrol vehicles arrived together at the top of Cecil Road, the two suspects made a run for it and tried to hide among trees next to Cecil Park.

The officers managed to trap the suspects and were able to search the two men, who were found to be in possession of a .38 special revolver, three bullets and a screwdriver.

They apprehended the two suspects and alerted Mowbray police who came and made an official arrest.

One of the suspects is out on parole while the other is linked to business robberies in Mowbray and Sea Point.

It is also suspected that the two have been involved in recent car thefts and other crimes in the Groote Schuur area.

The suspects have been charged with possession of an unlicenced firearm and ammunition. Ballistic tests are currently underway.

Colonel Myla Dyers of Mowbray police praised the officers who did not hesitate to put their lives on the line.

“This shows not only their professionalism and dedication, but that they also strive to keep the whole community, but especially the students, safe,” she says.

GSCID recently held an award ceremony at which the security officers involved in the arrest were presented with certificates and badges of courage.

“I am very proud of our excellent patrol staff who were extremely brave in their actions and displayed both courage and vigilance,” said Anthony Davies, GSCID CEO.

Charl Brooks, GSCID operations manager, also praised his staff and said that he had never come across such brave officers.

“The incident also serves to illustrate what can be achieved with close cooperation and teamwork from all roleplayers in a successful partnership against crime,” he said.

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