Besides ensuring a successful prosecution, cops have also given back to the community.
BENNETT Ruiter was found guilty and sentenced to ten years imprisonment for the attempted rape of a 58-year-old woman.
The incident occurred on December 30 where the accused accosted and dragged the woman into the bushes in Buffelsriver in an attempt to rape her.
Police spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana said the woman managed to break free and fled.
“She reported the incident to the police in Kommagas and the accused was arrested.”
He said Ruiter was found guilty in the Springbok Regional Court on September 17 and sentenced to ten years imprisonment, of which two years were suspended.
“The Provincial head of the Family, Child Protection and Sexual Offences units, Brigadier Nicky Mills applauded the investigating officer, Constable Dernando Cloete for the sterling investigative work.”
MEMBERS of the Upington K9 Unit, under the command of Captain Jacques Le Roux in conjunction with the Social Crime Unit of Upington SAPS visited Oranje Noord Primary School in Upington on Friday, September 17 to promote a safe and secure environment at schools.
Upington police spokesperson Omphile Masegela said Grade R pupils were provided with information on how to safeguard their personal safety both on and off the school premises.
“Captain Jacques Le Roux demonstrated how different breeds of dogs were trained as well as how safety equipment is utilised in the SAPS.
“Members of the K9 unit conducted a display with Duran the tracker dog, Sokkies and Vandy the two narcotics dogs,” Masegela added.
GRADE 8 pupils from Ratang Thuto High School, Postmasburg High School and Blinklip High school participated in a fun run along with local soccer stars – the Hungry Lions team at the conclusion of Sobriety Week in Postmasburg on September 18.
Postmasburg SAPS spokesperson warrant officer Nomvuyo Makoloi said the programme aimed to create awareness among youths and the community regarding alcohol abuse.