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Zeerust residents take the law into their own hands

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Following a housebreaking that the SAPS failed to attend to timeously, the Makgola community has expressed disappointment in the police service, adding that the SAPS continuously fails them.

The Mokgola community in Zeerust, North West, was up in arms on Sunday, 10 March 2019, after the police failed to show up after a housebreaking.

Panana Pule, a woman in her late 30s, called the South African Police Service (SAPS) on Friday, 8 March 2019, when she established that someone had broken into her house and stolen goods amounting to R20 000.


The police allegedly told the victim that there was no police vehicle available to respond to the call on that day. Pule called them again the following day, but was given more excuses.

The police gained information on the identity of the suspect and where he sold the stolen goods, but advised Pule to collect the goods on her own. She sought help from the community as the police had failed to assist her.

The angry community went to confront the suspect, who was then badly beaten until the police came to his rescue.

Phemelo Menwe, a community leader, said that it was disappointing that our police are not reactive, they wait for the community to take the law into their own hands and then step in afterwards. “We cannot have a situation where our people are desperately asking for intervention from police while these guys don’t even care, the police are failing us,” said Menwe.

The community has lost confidence in the SAPS, they claim that in some instances the ambulance arrives faster than the police, because the police wait until the criminals have left the scene and only then respond to the call, hours later.

Kenneth Mokgatlhe
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