Sunnyside cops’ tough stance against domestic violence

Photo: Captain Daniel Mavimbela

Nineteen people have been arrested in Sunnyside in a blitz targeting domestic violence.

Police spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela said the arrests were for various offences including possession of dagga, suspected stolen goods and burglary.

A man (31) was also arrested for violence against his ex-girlfriend.

“The man was arrested late following an alleged attack last Friday night on his former girlfriend (36) and her lover (34),” Mavimbela said.

He said the man allegedly entered the flat where the couple stayed and assaulted them with his hands.

“He was charged with assault under the domestic violence act,” he said.

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Mavimbela said offenders should note that domestic violence cases were not treated as “ordinary assaults”.

“The domestic violence act not only requires the immediate removal of the suspect from the scene for the safety of the victim but also gives police officers the powers to arrest and detain the alleged perpetrator,” Mavimbela said.

Station commander Brigadier Ramakakama Kekana said ensuring perpetrators of serious crimes were brought to book was in line with his station’s immediate goal of securing a safe festive season for the community.

“We warn abusers that Sunnyside police are true to their motto – one abuse reported, one arrest,” Kekana said.

Mavimbela said the arrested were expected in court soon.


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