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    Cape Town anarchy: Locals attack cops who tried to arrest fleeing criminal

    The City of Cape Town has been left bemused and infuriated by the actions of several bystanders over the weekend. It was reported by the Metro Police Department that members of the public THWARTED their attempts to arrest a fleeing criminal at a township taxi rank.

    Lawlessness and disorder in Cape Town suburbs

    During a routine traffic stop in Bishop Lavis, the offender raced away from the scene, prompting a police chase. However, when the crook dumped his vehicle, the locals turned their ire towards the officers instead – and two cops were injured in the melee…

    • Officers pulled over a white Toyota Quantum after the driver disobeyed a red robot, but he sped off instead.
    • The suspect causing two accidents along the way, before he abandoned the vehicle at the Nyanga taxi rank.
    • As the driver fled on foot, a crowd at the taxi rank hurled stones at the officers, and some also fired live rounds at them.
    • Members of the Metro Police Tactical Response Unit then discharged rubber rounds to disperse the crowd. 
    • The taxi driver had managed to evade capture, but four other suspects were arrested at the scene.
    • They have been charged with public violence, malicious damage to Council property, resisting arrest, and interfering with officers.

    ‘This could have had fatal consequences’ – COCT

    However, those who interfered with the police operation learned VERY QUICKLY that they picked the wrong side. The group of bystanders will now be charged for multiple offences, and the City of Cape Town still remains ‘puzzled’ by their behaviour.

    ‘It’s an unfortunate reality that more and more people feel they can simply insert themselves into situations that have nothing to do with them, and in the process they help suspects get away to potentially commit more offences down the line.”

    “This particular situation could have had fatal consequences. Even more puzzling is how, in the face of ongoing complaints about public safety and incidents of crime, anyone can target or obstruct officers in the execution of their duties.”

    City of Cape Town

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