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20 March 2018
MEC Motlhabane calls for calm and stability in Gopane village

The North West Community Safety and Transport Management MEC, Dr Mpho Motlhabane heartily appeals to the community of Gopane to calm down and allow the South African Police Service to thoroughly conduct investigations on the reported cases.

MEC’s appeal follows an incident in which a man was allegedly hanged by the angry community members after he was accused of killing a 75-year-old woman in the village this past Friday.

It was reported that the woman was found dead with an open wound in her head inside her house. The angry community took the law into their hands and took law into their hands by assaulting and hanging the man they suspect for the killing of the woman.

“All we need is for communities of Gopane to have confidence in our South African Police Service. I trust that SAPS will leave no stone unturned as they investigate this matter. Our police have proven in a number of similar cases that they have capability of doing their job with passion and commitment.

It must be borne in mind that in some of the cases, there are certain prescripts that prohibits the police to divulge to the communities their progress reports. Giving feedback prematurely might have a negative effect on the investigations and jeopardise prospects of successful conviction. However, we do acknowledge that there are some shortfalls with regard to communicating with communities or affected people. In certain areas, of the cases reported to our police stations, we, as a department often encourage our police to keep constant contact with our communities as we also need their cooperation with police,” said Motlhabane.

Motlhabane requested the communities to assist the police with any information that can fast track the police investigations.

The Departmental MEC further sent his heartfelt condolences to the families of the two deceased. “These are unfortunate actions, and we wish the families to gain strength during this period of mourning,” MEC concluded.


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