Members of AfriForum’s neighbourhood watch in Potgietersrus assisted the police last year in arresting two car thieves. The thieves were sentenced on 4 March in the Potgietersrus Magistrate’s Court to seven years in prison.
The arrest followed after the thieves stole a vehicle and sped away from the police and the neighbourhood watch. The stolen vehicle however rolled on the R101 between Pietersburg and Naboomspruit.
Hennie de Vos, chairperson of AfriForum’s Potgietersrus branch, expressed his appreciation for the way in which this case turned out. “The neighbourhood watch members sacrifice a lot for the community and it is a reward if a case like this one is executed successfully from beginning to end. We are grateful for the cooperation between all involved parties.”
“AfriForum’s neighbourhood watches are unique. Not only does neighbourhood watch members receive legal assistance from AfriForum for any action that falls within the framework of the law, but it is also expected of members to complete 16 training modules among which procedures around arrests and the handling of scenes are included. It establishes a countrywide standard for neighbourhood watches that are disciplined and competent to provide support to the police and to help protect the community.”
Read the previous media statement here: https://afriforum.co.za/afriforum-buurtwag-in-potgietersrus-help-om-voertuigdief-vas-te-trek/
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