Cop vans under siege

2016-02-25 06:00
 Police vehicles under attack from a knifer who damaged 10 cars on Saturday morning.

Police vehicles under attack from a knifer who damaged 10 cars on Saturday morning.

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Nyanga police are under siege! If the attacks on their vehicles over the past weeks are anything to go by.

These attacks seem to be carried out by members of the same communities they are supposed to protect.

This weekend alone, police reported of an incident where their vehicles came under attack.

On Saturday morning a 19-year-old man from Zwelitsha was caught red handed slashing the tyres of police vehicles.

On further investigation, the police said they discovered that eight of their fleet had their tyres slashed and another two belonging to community members were damaged. The youngster was arrested.

“A colleague reportedly heard a loud, hissing noise and on inquiry, saw the suspect prodding the tyres with a sharp object.

When the suspect was confronted, he pulled out a knife and threatened to stab the colleague if he came closer to him,” said Nyanga police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi.

In the ensuing scuffle, the policeman was injured.” Sitshitshi said the man showed no signs of insanity.

He was eventually overpowered and was due to appear at the Philippi Magistrate Court for malicious damage to property.

The police have since issued a warning to the community not to take out their frustrations on them.

“We strongly condemn such acts because this is one of the contributing factors to service delivery, however the station will make means to close that gap,” she said.

This attack came in less than a month after 17 police vehicles and that of other motorists were allegedly damaged after a raid at a notorious shebeen in Lusaka, called Kwamathuba.

The police had come to close the illegal establishment but were met by angry patrons who stoned their vehicles and turned on other motorists on Klipfontein road.

Last year vehicles parked outside the police station were targeted by alleged drug addicts who stripped them of the light bulbs.

According to the local Community Police Forum, drug addicts and the mentally ill are a thorn on the side of the police doing their duty.

Dumisani Qwabe of the CPF lamented the fact that there was no secure parking space for police at the station.

“The(vans) are parked in an open parking space, which makes them sitting ducks for vandals.

We have tried to engage with other government departments about this challenge and nothing has come out of it...

There is also the serious issue of drug addicts and the mentally ill who seek refuge at the police station. This puts the lives of the police officials and members of the public at risk because these people are unpredictable.”

Qwabe said earlier this year a 27-year-old man, who was alleged to be suffering from behavioural problems as a result of his tik addiction, was arrested for allegedly trying to rob a detective of his firearm inside the station’s charge office.

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