Community members of Mookgophong, Limpopo have allegedly thrown stones at Police officers who had been called to solve a domestic violence matter.
Police received a complaint from a victim of a domestic violence-related incident at Extension 8 and swiftly responded. But the suspect was not found at the scene. Later on, the suspect, who had violated the protection order arrived and started attacking the Police’ in resistance to the arrest.
Consequently, the 58-year-old suspect was shot and wounded during the scuffle with the Police. The incident took place on Saturday 19 August at about 20:00
It is reported that members of the community mobilized and surrounded the Police and the Emergency Medical Services. They started to throw stones at the police vehicle.
A case of malicious damage to property has been opened but no one has been arrested in connection with the incident.
The suspect arrested for allegedly assaulting the Police Officers and for the violation of the protection order was taken to the hospital and placed under police guard. He will make his court appearance as soon as he gets discharged from the hospital.
ATTACK ON POLICE BY MOOKGOPHONG COMMUNITY MEMBERS CONDEMNED
Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has strongly condemned the attack.
“This act of violence against the Police’ is unacceptable and undermines the security of our communities. Police officers when carrying out their duties are not going to watch when being subjected to attacks. The Community is expected to work with the Police and not prevent them from protecting GBV victims. Perpetrators who attacked police must be tracked down and be apprehended as soon as possible,” said General Hadebe.