2017-09-26 06:01
A screenshot from a circulated video. Police can be seen fleeing the scene trying to catch up with police vehicles who took off ahead of them on Tuesday afternoon.

A screenshot from a circulated video. Police can be seen fleeing the scene trying to catch up with police vehicles who took off ahead of them on Tuesday afternoon.

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Two police officers suffered minor injuries on Tuesday afternoon after responding to a shooting in Hanover Park.

According to reports, locals turned on police in an attempt to free a suspected murderer. Witness says residents attacked police and their vehicles after they attended to a murder scene where an alleged gangster was shot.

“This is why our community won’t come right; it is because we have a majority of residents defending gangsters in the area. The police are supposed to be our protectors but they can’t even handle these criminals. They fled the scene. How sad is this? We don’t need these policemen in our community; they need to bring in the army and higher officials to wipe out the evils effecting our youth in this community. As a resident of the area, it’s really sad to see the crime escalate to this degree where even the police force needs protection,” says one angry resident, Zelda Groeneval.

Provincial police spokesperson Andre Traut confirmed the incident.

“An 18-year-old man was shot and killed in Erie Court, Hanover Park, by a suspect who fled the scene. Police reacted, and in the process a suspect was arrested, who was sought for another murder which was also perpetrated in Hanover Park. The community attacked the police, and in the process two of our members were injured. The matter is under investigation,” says Traut.

Making its rounds on social media, a video shows how residents stoned police vehicles on the day.

An emergency meeting was held on Thursday night, seeking the assistance of both residents and organisations against crime in the community. Members of the police and cluster community policing forum (CPF) were in attendence.

Hanover Park Civic Association chairperson, Igshaan Nazier, says the meeting did not go as expected, with the association under the impression the meeting would be used to elect new CPF members.

“We disagreed with the current process and feel the CPF constitution should first be workshopped with the people before an election could take place,” he says.

“We know our community and know what is needed here. We want an independent elected body and that change is needed now. We need to find solutions for the issues killing our community. We will stand firm and deny the election next month, unless they come forward to educate and workshop people.

Meanwhile, Nazier says a memorandum handed to police last month has not received feedback. “They never got back to us as promised and [when we followed up] they told us the station commander is on leave and that we must return on 9 October,” he says.


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