Harold Mcgluwa, MPL
DA Northern Cape: Provincial Chairperson
082 383 6914
The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes the recent arrest of the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Wrenchville Station Commander in Kuruman. We especially commend the efforts of the local community in the surrounding rural areas,
whose actions not only saw the apprehension of wanted criminals, but also played the biggest role in helping root out alleged corruption in the SAPS.
The arrests came after community members in the John Taolo Gaetswe District apprehended a gang of four men who had gone on a crime rampage, robbing local businesses in the area. One of the suspects, in a confession, implicated the Wrenchville police stations Commander, who was subsequently arrested and today appeared in the Kuruman Magistrates Court.
The DA notes the growing frustrations people have with crime levels, and we commend the community’s resolve to assist in the fight against crime. However the use of violence and the killing of suspects can never be acceptable, in light of reports of one of the robbery suspects being beaten to death.
It is completely untenable that any of our men and women in blue, charged with fighting crime in the Northern Cape, can be involved with criminals. Trust is further eroded when it is senior ranked police officers who are found to be involved in crime. If found guilty, the Police Commander must be dismissed from the SAPS, as no community member or even junior police officers could ever trust them again.
As a means of fostering closer cooperation between communities in rural areas and police, the SAPS must establish a dedicated specialized Border and Rural Safety Division. The DA is calling for a wider probe to be launched into the Wrenchville Police Station, to determine whether any other police officers are involved in this case, and to have them arrested and brought to book. This is the only way the SAPS can restore their image and trust to the community in Kuruman.