Manenberg women attack police

2017-05-22 11:35

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Manenberg police have lambasted a group of women who attacked officers while they were making an arrest last week.

Police spokesperson, Captain Ian Bennett says the incident occurred on Wednesday 17 May in Great Fish Avenue at about 07:40. 

Bennett explains while conducting crime prevention patrols, officers searched a suspicious man and found him in possession of 22 mandrax tablets, five half mandrax tablets, eight units of tik and a parcel of dagga.

“While still busy arresting the 33-year-old male, a group of people (mainly women) came towards the police vehicle and without any warning started stoning the officers and demanding the release of the suspect.” 

He says police called for support from other officers as they tried to contain the situation. During this time the suspect also became violent and punched an officer in the face. The police vehicle was also damaged in the process. 

This is the second attack on Manenberg police in recent weeks and Bennett says residents continue to attack officers who are executing their duties. 

“This action by the community seems to be persisting and it cannot and will not be tolerated. Police officers are doing their utmost to combat crime and reduce crimes against women and children and in this incident women attacked the officers. This shows the moral values of a community is rotten to its core. We need to change this type of behaviour. There is also a misconception that dagga has become legal. The law on dagga has not been changed as yet and this makes dagga [possession] still illegal.” 

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