By Dan Plato, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety:
I welcome the swift action from the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Ocean View area, which has seen arrests made in connection with seven murders that have taken place since 5 December 2015.
The most recent arrests happened yesterday morning in connection with a triple murder which occurred on Saturday, 12 December 2015.
I wish to congratulate the SAPS for their dedication to seeing justice served. Detectives have worked hard to find those allegedly responsible for the heinous crimes committed over the last two weeks. These arrests will go some way to providing the families and friends of the victims with some comfort that the crimes will not go unpunished.
With most of the suspects connected to the various crimes expected to appear in court this Thursday, I trust that the rest of the criminal justice system will ensure that those responsible for the murders undergo swift trials, just convictions and sentencing befitting of the heinous crimes they committed.
I call on the community of Ocean View and the rest of our communities across the province, to support the SAPS in their investigations. Safety is everyone’s responsibility and the sooner criminals can be arrested with credible information and testimonies connecting the suspects to the crimes, the safer our communities will become.