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A suspect was arrested for rape in Mpumalanga. Photo: Flickr

SAPS commissioner commends arrest of Groblersdal teen attacker

The Limpopo police commissioner applauds the quick arrest of the man who brutally assaulted a defenseless teen in Groblersdal on Wednesday.

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A suspect was arrested for rape in Mpumalanga. Photo: Flickr

Limpopo SAPS commissioner lieutenant-general Thembi Hadebe is encouraged by the swift action of the police to arrest the man who brutally attacked a teen in Globlersdal on Wednesday.

A video of the attack went viral on social media and showed the harrowing moment the suspect stomps and kicks Kopano Makweng, 16, as he lay defencelessly on the ground. Allegedly, all Kopano had done was ask the man to pass the salt.

SAPS arrest teen attacker swiftly

The teen and his cousin were reportedly at a fast-food outlet at the Globlersdal Game Centre, where the incident took place in full view of passersby.

According to SAPS spokesperson lieutenant-colonel Mamphaswa Seabi, the suspect wielded a firearm during the attack. Police arrested the suspect Wednesday morning after SAPS launched a manhunt.

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“The other shoppers watched helplessly as the suspect assaulted the boy until he eventually left him lying on the ground. After the attack, the victim went to the hospital, where he was later discharged. Following the incident, the SAPS opened a criminal case against the suspect.

“The SAPS will not tolerate GBV incidents and attacks on our children. We will ensure that justice prevails for the victim. In the meantime, we urge community members to remain calm and allow us to deal with the matter.”

Limpopo SAPS commissioner lieutenant-general Thembi Hadebe

The suspect appeared in the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 17 June. He faces charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and the pointing of a firearm.

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