Three detective sergeants from the Provincial Organised Crime Investigation in Gqeberha managed to arrest a man, who they believe to be a rape suspect, and they weren’t even on duty at the time.
The detectives may have not been on duty but their inquiring personality was naturally on high alert when they spotted a crowd chasing one person on Tuesday evening 7 September 2021.
It is alleged that at about 18:00, the members were driving near the robots at Kwadwesi when they noticed an unknown male being chased by a group of people.
“Immediately, the officials reacted and went to investigate. The crowd alleged that the pursued male is an alleged rape suspect,” said Colonel Priscilla Naidu.
It is further alleged that on 3 September 2021 at about 18:00, the two male victims aged 16 and 17 were on their way to the shop in Kwanoxolo when they were surprised by the suspect in an open field in Extension 36.
“The suspect threatened them with a knife and the 16-year-old boy was sexually assaulted while the 17-year-old male was raped. The suspect also robbed them of their money. Yesterday 7 September 2021, the victims recognised the suspect, hence, the pursuit by the community,” added Naidu.
The SAPS officers arrested the suspect and detained him on a charge of rape and robbery and he is expected to appear in the Gqeberha Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 9 September 2021.
Apart from a rape suspect getting arrested, a 37-year-old man was also arrested for being in possession of drugs.
On Tuesday 7 September 2021 at about 15:45, Cookhouse Crime Prevention members received information about a man who was possibly in possession of drugs, hitch-hiking on the N10 Road to Bedford.
“Members swiftly mobilised and followed the information. They found the male fitting the description at the intersection of N10/R63 leading to Bedford. A body search was conducted by the members and the male was found in possession of 20 Boss Mandrax tablets and also five sachets of Tik weighing almost 40 grams,” said Captain Bradley Rawlinson.
The estimated street value of the drugs was R14 000 and the suspect was expected to appear in the Somerset-East Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 8 September 2021, on the charges brought against him.