SAPS has confirmed that another suspected ringleader of the devastating July riots will appear in court today, after a complex operation ended up catching the suspect out earlier this week.
Hawks, teaming up with the Free State SAPS Crime Intelligence, were able to trace the accused before making their move. Details remain sketchy ahead of the hearing, but here’s what we know about the man appearing in the dock.
Over 300 people were killed as a result of violence, riots, and looting last month. The entire debacle called into question the competency of SAPS, the government, and certain ministers. Cyril Ramaphosa eventually reshuffled his Cabinet once the mood had calmed in KZN and Gauteng. SAPS, meanwhile, are keen to process their man in custody:
“Another suspect is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court this morning – following his arrest on Monday 9 August 2021 by the Hawks’ members of Crimes Against the State (CATS) Head Office, who were assisted by Free State Provincial SAPS Crime Intelligence as well as their Tactical Response Team.”
“In a joint intelligence-led investigation, the team managed to trace one of the alleged instigators in the recent violent protests, looting of businesses, and destruction of infrastructure, ensuring the apprehension of the 40-year-old suspect. The accused will now answer to charges relating to incitement to commit public violence.”