Public, police thanked after Hillbrow arrest

2013-10-08 13:37
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Johannesburg - Police and members of the public who helped arrest a gunman in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, are to be commended, the Gauteng provincial legislature said on Tuesday.

"We appreciate the work of members of the community in helping police to arrest the suspect," community safety portfolio committee chairperson Jacob Khawe said in a statement.

Two community safety patrollers and two bystanders were wounded in Hillbrow on Sunday after they stopped a man to search him. He drew a weapon and shot them, Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said on Monday.

Two members of the public were also wounded. Bystanders helped police arrest the man.

By Tuesday morning one of the patrollers was discharged from hospital and the other was not in a serious condition. It was not clear how badly the bystanders were wounded, Khawe said.

"We also commend the police for their swift response in arresting the suspect and hopefully that the detective work will secure a harsh sentence for the suspect," Khawe said.

He would visit the wounded patroller in hospital later on Tuesday. He said the patrollers should keep working hard to fight crime.
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