CAPE TOWN – “Another attack on SAPS members and State property in less than two weeks is of grave concern for SAPS,” says the acting provincial Commissioner Major General Patekile, after a shooting incident in Philippi East.
On Tuesday, 11 May 2021, at about 11:30, sector commanders in Philippi East were conducting routine patrols down Nobiva Street in Lower Crossroads, when they noticed three suspicious looking males standing at the corner.
As the patrol vehicle approached them, one of the suspects produced a firearm and fired several gunshots at the approaching police vehicle. The SAPS members returned fire at the suspect.
The suspects fled the scene and in the process dropped a firearm. The members chased after the suspect however, they managed to evade arrest and are still at large.
A 9mm pistol with one blank round was retrieved and handed in at the local SAPS as exhibit.
Philippi East Police are investigating a case of attempted murder. The motive for the attack is unknown.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects as well as their whereabouts is requested to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All information received will be dealt with strictest confidentiality.
Crane worth an estimated value of R2.5 Million recovered
In an unrelated matter, on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, Philippi East Crime Prevention members were conducting routine patrols in Marikana informal settlement when they noticed a heavy duty crane in the area.
The vehicle was tested and it was established that the vehicle was reportedly stolen, linked to a Lingelethu West case number. Two males aged 30 and a 36 were arrested. Once charged they will appear in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court for possession of suspected stolen property.
Source: South African Police Service