PMB: Cop stabbed in CBD

2012-11-14 00:00

A PIETERMARIRZBURG police officer was taken to hospital yesterday after being stabbed by a man he was searching.

The incident which landed Constable Sanele Latha (30) in hospital with a knife wound to his lower left arm happened during a crime operation in the city centre at 8 am yesterday, said police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane.

Latha and other members of the Crime Prevention Unit were conducting an operation in the CBD when he stopped a man and said he wanted to search him.

Zwane said the knifeman refused and an argument broke out. During a scuffle, the man allegedly took out a knife and stabbed Latha once in his left arm, seriously wounding him.

He said the knifeman then fled.

The officer was taken to hospital, where he was believed to be in a stable condition.

The knifeman (20) was later arrested in Ashdown in Plessislaer. Police believe he could also be connected to another robbery and assault case that occurred last month.

He is expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court shortly, where he will face a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

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