A multi-disciplinary crime intelligence driven operation carried out by the District Task Team and Rustenburg Detectives led to the arrest of a 46-year-old suspect for attacking an off-duty female police officer.
The suspect’s apprehension emanates from an incident in which he and his companions allegedly attacked and assaulted the police officer near the taxi rank in Rustenburg on Thursday, 30 November 2023. According to information available at this stage, the suspects who are taxi patrollers, assaulted the police officer on suspicion that her boyfriend is a bolt taxi operator. During the incident, the police officer’s pair of spectacles worth R6000.00 was damaged.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is linked to cases of hijacking, kidnapping and extortion.
He is expected to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 04 December 2023, facing charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property. The Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena condemned the incident, which he said it occurred during the 16 Days of Activism For No Violence Against Women and Children.