Public urged to respect the law after Uitenhage robbery suspect grievously assaulted

FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Public urged to respect the law after Uitenhage robbery suspect grievously assaulted

A Uitenhage man is in police custody after he was apprehended by community members in the Moeggesukkel informal settlement, in the Kamesh policing area, on Monday morning for allegedly involvement in a business robbery in the area.

"It is alleged that four male suspects, one armed with a firearm and the other three with knives, entered the business pretending to be customers," said police spokesperson, Capt Gerda Swart.

"One of the male suspects suddenly pulled out a firearm and demanded money and airtime from the owner.

"The other three suspects threatened the owner and his assistant with knives. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and airtime and fled on foot from the scene in Moeggesukkel."

Captain Swart said that the shop owner alerted community members about the robbery and they started pursuing after the suspects on foot.

"During the chase one of the suspects allegedly fell to the ground and threatened community members with a knife.

"The community members allegedly overpowered the suspect and assaulted him with their fists," she said.

"Police members arrived on the scene and he was taken for medical care to a local hospital."

Captain Swart said that the South African Police Service strongly condemns this type of behaviour and issue a stern warning to members of the community, not to take the law into their own hands. 

"Communities are urged to respect the law and give alleged offenders the opportunity to face their trials," she added.

"The 35-year-old suspect was detained on a charge of business robbery and is due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. 

"Detectives are following up on leads in an attempt to apprehend the three outstanding suspects."