Eight arrested for attacking Northern Cape police, damaging SAPS property

Friday, April 19, 2024

The Northern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Koliswa Otola, has welcomed the arrest of eight Nigerian nationals who attacked police and damaged vehicles.

According to a South African Police Service (SAPS) statement, at the time of the arrest, police were tracing information of one of the Nigerian nationals in possession of drugs.

“While conducting this search, a large group of Nigerians attacked police. Police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.” 

One suspect was arrested for illegal drug possession and three were detained at Kimberley Police Station for public violence.

In addition, while the cops were processing the case, suspects broke windows at the station. 

The police have since added charges of malicious damage to property. 

“Another group of Nigerians later approached the police station and threatened to retaliate. The Operational Commander warned the group to disperse.”

Upon dispersing, the group damaged police vehicles. Another four suspects were arrested for malicious damage to property.

Otola has since condemned this behaviour and stated that those who prevent police from exercising their duties will be dealt with harshly.

“We will not allow such lawless behaviour. We are processing the suspects and working with Home Affairs to determine if they are legally or illegally in the country. Police will continue to stamp the authority of the state in the Northern Cape,” he added. – SAnews.gov.za