Media Statement from Western Cape Media Centre
South African Police Service
Strides were made in addressing contact crime in Nyanga with the arrest of eight suspects involved in cases of rape and murder in the precinct.
The suspects were arrested late last week and over the weekend. Six of the suspects were arrested for rape and two for murder and attempted murder.
One suspect, aged 25, was arrested after he had allegedly raped a teenage boy whom he grabbed and pulled outside a tavern in Browns Farm on 23 December 2017. The suspect had called the victim earlier, requesting the teenager to accompany him to another section of the shebeen, but the victim refused. The suspect then used an opportunity while the victim was outside the tavern to help himself. The suspect had allegedly kept the victim captive until the following day. He was arrested on Saturday, 30 December 2017
Another 20 year old suspect was also arrested on Saturday, 30 December 2017, after he had allegedly raped a teenage girl while she was on her way to her friend’s house in Samora Machel on Thursday 28 December 2017.
Four other suspects, aged between 15 and 32, were also arrested for four different cases of rape and attempted rape which had occurred on 21, 23, 28 and 31 December 2017 in Browns Farm, Vlei and Thabo Mbeki respectively.
Two more suspects were arrested for two different cases of murder. One suspect, aged 27, was arrested after he had shot and killed a bus driver while the driver was dropping off passengers on Friday morning, 29 December 2017, in Cossovo. The victim and another man were approached by three suspects who just fired shots at the victim while standing near the bus with another man, who claimed to have been robbed by the three suspects. One suspect, aged 27, was arrested and police are on the look-out for the two outstanding suspects.
A 38 year old husband was also arrested after had stabbed and fatally wounded his wife on Friday afternoon, 29 December 2017 in Bush Street, Nyanga. The two had an argument and a fight, with the man ending up stabbing his wife.
Seven suspects, aged from 20 to 38 years, appeared in the Athlone and Wynberg Magistrates' Courts today for murder and rape respectively. A teenage boy will also appear in court during the week, facing rape charges.
The police members were applauded for their tireless efforts in ensuring that those who disrespect human rights and human life are brought to book.
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