Father’s friend kidnapped girl (16)

2016-10-18 06:00
Philippi police talk with learners of Parkfields Primary School in Hanover Park as part of their participation in the province’s Safer Schools project

Philippi police talk with learners of Parkfields Primary School in Hanover Park as part of their participation in the province’s Safer Schools project

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Philippi police arrested 91 people for various crimes last week.

Philippi police spokesperson Captain Lance Goliath confirms during their crime prevention operations, a kidnap victim was found safe and the kidnapper arrested.

“The commander of visible policing, Lieutenant-Colonel Desmond Laing, sector commander Warrant Officer Gregory Philander, Constable Themvelani Nyaluza and Constable Bradley Roberts went into full pursuit after a case of kidnapping was opened on Thursday.

“A 16-year-old girl went to her school in Hanover Park from where she was kidnapped. Learners of the school saw what happened and police were informed,” Goliath explains.

Police officers then followed up on leads and worked tirelessly to find the kidnap victim.

“It came to light that the kidnapper was a friend of the father of the kidnap victim.

“Police stayed in close contact with the family and community, who joined in the search. The suspect was spotted the next morning in Hanover Park,” Goliath says.

Information received led police to a place in Hanover Park, where they found the kidnap victim.

The community alerted the police about the whereabouts of the suspect.

Goliath says Laing and his team had to rescue the 34-year-old suspect “as the community was in outrage”.

The man was arrested. He appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of rape and kidnapping.

In other crime prevention operations, police officers concentrated on the illegal drug trade in the area.

Goliath says members of Law Enforcement arrested a 34-year-old man at his house on Friday at about 11:30 when they attended to a complaint of drugs at his house in Algoa Court, Hanover Park.

“Some of the dagga was already packaged and some rolled into dagga cigarettes ready to be sold. Dagga with an estimated street value of R22 500 was confiscated,” Goliath says.

He adds 38 suspects were arrested on cases relating to the possession of and dealing in illegal drugs last week. These drugs include tik, heroin, mandrax and dagga.

Ten houses were searched for drugs.

Police also clamped down on illegal liquor outlets and arrested two suspects on liquor-related charges and their alcohol was confiscated, Goliath says.

SchoolworkGoliath explains crime is being tackled holistically as the police also engage schools in the Safer Schools project in a partnership with the provincial department of education.

“Regular engagements with the principals and safety officials of all the schools in their precinct are taking place to address safety concerns at schools.

“It is often requested by the education department, through the principals, that police conduct searches at the schools when it is deemed necessary. This comes as a result of the fact that some learners are often found to be in possession of dangerous weapons, drugs and cigarettes,” he says.

Police held a school talk and search at Parkfields Primary School in Hanover Park.

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