AfriForum will submit another complaint at National Police Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega today, following another farm murder in the Cullinan area outside Pretoria, while police are apparently “too tired for patrols”. The SAPS is supposed to, at all times, have four patrol vehicles for the four sectors of the station, but according to AfriForum, no vehicles were available. No rural safety vehicles were operational either. To top that, only five police officers at the station have drivers’ licences.
Mr Das Venter was shot dead in cold blood early this morning at his home in Welgedacht. Mr André van Heerden was first at the scene. Mr Venter’s wife ran outside and Van Heerden untied her hands. “Das’ minivan and car were both running,” Van Heerden said.
“The SAPS is indirectly busy leaving a blood trail in the country. We receive complaints about the Cullinan Police Station and the Bronkhorstspruit cluster’s bad service on a weekly basis. It was even communicated to the community that police officers are too tired to drive patrols,” Ian Cameron, Head of Community Safety at AfriForum, said.
“There’s a shortage in manpower, but due to the current police officers’ tiredness to patrol, another murder has taken place which could possibly have been prevented, or suspects could at least have been arrested.”
AfriForum plans a march to the Cullinan Police Station, similar to the one held in Hammanskraal a week ago.