Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Two arrested for cable theft in Bonteheuwel; Ward councillor calls for action from SAPS

Bonteheuwel Ward Councillor, Angus McKenzie, has called on police to help root out criminals in the area.

This comes after suspects vandalised cable infrastructure in Bonteheuwel, in two separate incidents, on Monday, during load shedding in the area.

SUPPLIED: Councillor Angus McKenzie

The first incident occurred in Loganberry Street, where a suspect was arrested and charged under the Criminal Matters Amendment Act.

SUPPLIED: Councillor Angus McKenzie

‘’The Bonteheuwel Law Enforcement team was quickly deployed after an electricity sub station was vandalized and cables cut. The individual, known to have stolen and vandalized a number of cables was arrested,’’ said McKenzie.

SUPPLIED: Councillor Angus McKenzie

In another incident, it’s believed that residents thwarted a suspect, in Borriehout Street.

‘’Residents waited for SAPS to arrive and eventually took the suspect to Bishop Lavis police station. Police Officials at the station refused to book the suspect,’’ said the ward councillor.

McKenzie says he met with Bonteheuwel’s CPF Chairperson Graham Lindhorst, and says more needs to be done to protect the community.

‘’Taking back our community and taking the law into our own hands is a very thin line, a line that SAPS must strengthen to avoid the very real threat of uprising brought on by high levels of community frustration.’’

‘’While I applaud the efforts of residents of Loganberry and Borriehout Street I implore SAPS to work with us, partner with us and be part of our collective solution in making Bonteheuwel a better place,’’ added  McKenzie.


Done By: Mitchum George

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