Police attacked by residents

A picture of the damaged police vehicle.

Manenberg police officers again came under attack by residents while they were making an arrest in the area.

During a stop-and-search operation in the area on Tuesday April 18, police searched an 18-year-old man on the corners of Manenberg Avenue and Renoster walk and found two mandrax tablets and two sticks of dagga on him.

He was arrested and as police loaded him into their vehicle, residents started pelting the police vehicle with stones, demanding that police release the man.

Manenberg police spokesman Captain Ian Bennett said the officers managed to drive away with the suspect in custody.

“The situation seems to worsen as members are being attacked by the community members that complain that SAPS are not doing their job. This type of action cannot be tolerated. Community members that are jeopardising the safety of police and the lives of community at large, should not expect any leniency from or the court of law. A damaged police vehicle means that the vehicle is out of service and this hampers service delivery,” he said.

On Sunday April 23 Athlone police arrested a man for the possession of an illegal firearm and drugs, in 11th Avenue, Bokmakiere.

Athlone police spokeswoman Sergeant Zita Norman said the man had an Astra .38 pistol on him, with no serial number, six live 38 rounds, mandrax and 17 small parcels of dagga.

The suspect was due to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday April 24.