A criminal was bold enough to steal a vehicle belonging to the South African Police Service (SAPS) in an attempt to use it to escape in Verwoerd park, Alberton.
A video clip posted on Facebook by the Intelligence Bureau SA, the criminal drove off with SAPS MV but was quickly intercepted by a pretty big group of coppers who raided the car at close range.
Though it’s yet unclear what would be the charges against the criminal, there’s no doubt he would definitely face the consequences of approaching police property.
This incidence reminds us of a report last month about how a group of robbers attacked the SA military base and carted away their firearms and ammunitions.
According to the report, the group of five overpowered the soldiers at the 9 South African Infantry Battalion Base in Harare, Khayelitsha.
The robbers reportedly subdued the military guard at the gate and collected their firearms. After that, they forced the guards inside the base.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has, in the recent years, faced a mounting institutional incompetencies coming from the very top. Of our last three police commissioners, every single one has had criminal charges laid against them and had been dismissed dishonourably, with Kgomotso Phahlane also headed in that direction.
However, minister Fikile Mbalula has vowed to take it hard on criminals during his term in office as the police minister.
The minister who earned the nickname Mr Razzmatazz for being active everywhere warned that the police will not fold their arms when armed criminals fire shots at them.
In fact, Mbalula has said he will ensure that legislation curtailing the use of guns by police when dealing with armed criminals is amended to address the violent nature of crime in South Africa.
“We have to isolate criminals. We need to squeeze the space for criminals and make them unsettled in what they do,
“As we speak, they are on holiday and they think they can do as they wish at any given time, terrorise people, brandish big firearms and put us as citizens, including the police, in a corner,” the minister said.