The Rietgat SAPS urges the community to remain true and honest to the law when opening cases at the Client Service Centre (CSC) or calling in for assistance. Cases of common assault are on the rise and widespread at the station.
Common assault is the unlawful and intentional direct or indirect application of force to the body of another person, or the threat of immediate personal violence to another. In this case, the threatened person is prevailed upon to believe that the person who is threatening him has the intention and power to carry out his threat.
As things stand, the station has opened over 160 cases of Common Assault between the period October 2022 and December 2022. All these cases have been opened across all sectors policed by the Rietgat SAPS.
It is worrisome that there are members of the public who are out to vilify others by alleging to have been assaulted. These members end up seeking solace through law enforcement agencies.
This meteoric rise in Common Assault offences is a clear indication that some of the community members are quick to open cases but by the same token rush to court to withdraw them after financially benefiting from the alleged suspects.
“We as police care about the moral fibre of the people we serve and protect. We therefore urge and encourage our community to do the right thing and avoid being on the wrong side of the law,”said Rietgat SAPS.
However, the station would strongly urge those with nefarious intentions to extort money through the opening of these cases to cease the practice right away.
The police further request members of the community who might have information that may lead to the arrest of known criminals to contact them on their Crime Stop Hotline number 08600 10111 or Client Service Centre 071675 6250 or Station Commander on 082 455 8236