Ocean View cops call for community cooperation

2019-10-15 06:01

When Ocean View police responded to a shooting in progress on Wednesday 2 October they were met with an unwelcoming response to their efforts when trying to apprehend the suspects.

Police are now calling on the community to cooperate with them to serve justice and create a safer neighbourhood.

According to Ocean View police spokesperson, Sgt Leon Fortuin, Const Neville Wentzel and Const Mfundo Myengane were conducting vehicle patrols in Ocean View when they received a complaint of a shooting in Milky Way.

On arrival at the address of the shooting, they saw a man running away from the scene, and they gave chase through Cherry Place and into Sylvia Place.

Following the suspect into a home, the police officers were able to apprehend the man who was wanted on prior charges from last month, as well as another known and wanted suspect. The suspects are aged 23 and 30.

When escorting the suspects to the police car, Const Wentzel reported that the residents of the area began throwing rocks at the police.

“It is unacceptable. We will not accept it. An attack on the police is an attack on safety, security and society as a whole,” Sgt Fortuin said in a response to the incident.

He added that the community will not see a reduction in crime, in the crime-ridden area, if they do not cooperate with the police and assist officers to bring criminals to book.

“The community should be cognisant of the fact that the police are there to protect the innocent and vulnerable members of society, and in doing so we need to bring the perpetrators of crime to justice.

“It doesn’t help the community to protect the perpetrators of crime because by doing so they are defeating the ends of justice,” he said.

The 23-year-old suspect was charged for possession of drugs and appeared in the Simon’s Town court on Friday 4 October; and the 30-year-old suspect went to court on Monday 7 October for attempted murder.V To report a crime, call Ocean View police station on 021 783 8300.

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