Bloemfontein Crime Intelligence contacted the AfriForum branch in Bloemfontein on 8 January 2019 and requested the use of AfriForum’s drone. The drone was needed for aerial surveillance of a house, in which suspects were believed to be hiding, and to identify escape routes. A neighbourhood watch member from AfriForum’s Rayton/Heuwelsig branch operated the drone. The South African Police Service (SAPS) team consisted of two members from the Bloemfontein Flying Squad and a member of the Park Road Investigations branch. The drone was launched near the house and the necessary investigation was conducted, after which the SAPS moved in on the house.
During this operation, three suspects were arrested. The suspects are being charged with malicious injury to property. Goods that are believed to be stolen was also found on the premises. One of the suspects is a gang member, while all three are involved in other criminal cases that are under investigation.
“AfriForum urges communities to personally prioritise their safety. We cannot rely on government alone to look after our safety. Become involved with any local safety institution in your area or join AfriForum today and become a part of the solution,” says Joseph Renaud, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for the City of Roses.
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