Cape Town – Members of the Kensington community have been urged to provide information on the escape of a gangster after residents allegedly left their homes and threatened to shoot police if the suspect was not released .
Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz said that while he thought the wider Kensington community could not be accused of helping the criminal escape, he was shocked the incident had happened.
“I know the community of Kensington is fed up with gangsterism and crime, so I urge anyone with information about this escape to come forward.
“We have to make sure that crime and gangsterism don’t pay off in the Western Cape,” Fritz added.
It was reported while SAPS agents were on patrol, they spotted a well-known suspect carrying a gun.
When the officers attempted to apprehend him, he shouted for help. About 30 members of the community left their homes and threatened to shoot the police if they did not release him.
They threw stones at the police and police vehicles. The suspect escaped.
“I would like to commend the SAPS for the proactive work of locating and attempting to apprehend the suspect. I also want to congratulate them on having successfully confiscated the illegal firearm, ”said Fritz.
“But I must also say that I am absolutely appalled that some members of our communities have helped this known criminal to escape the law.
“I urge all members of the community to work with SAPS to ensure the law is obeyed and to provide information that will help the police to make further arrests,” he said.
Kensington residents urged to provide information on gangster escape
SourceKensington residents urged to provide information on gangster escape