SAPS has arrested seven protesters for setting alight a Councillor’s house.
In a media statement, SAPS related that Phoenix Tactical Response Team and Mandeni detectives conducted an intelligence driven operation in the early hours of yesterday, 11 July 2016 at Shaka’s head, Umhlai area.
As learnt, the operation was conducted after detectives were investigating a public violence and malicious damage to property case. The case was reported at Shaka’s head in Umhlali area.
As such, seven suspects aged between 23 and 45 who were allegedly involved in the protest were identified and arrested. They will appear in the Umhlali Magistrate’s Court today for public violence, arson and malicious damage to property.
SAPS recalled that “in February this year, a group of angry protesters went to a local councillor’s house at Shaka’s head and allegedly set it alight. His vehicle which was in the premises was also set alight at the same time.”
With that, “cases of public violence, arson and malicious damage to property were opened at Umhlali police station for investigation. The docket was assigned to Mandeni detectives who started their investigation.
It took the detectives almost five months to gather evidence and they managed to trace the suspects in the area where they were arrested,” SAPS stated.
Based on the foregoing, the KwaZulu Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner Bhekinkosi Langa warned the community members to stop taking part in unlawful activities.
“I want to send a strong message to those who involve themselves in such unlawful protests. The police will not tolerate such behavior where property is being damaged and innocent people are being assaulted.
Such cases will be thoroughly investigated and we will ensure that those involved will be prosecuted,” Langa cautioned.