A third suspect arrested in connection with the murder of Westbury mom Heather Peterson is to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, said Gauteng police.
“The 32-year old man will appear in court tomorrow,” Captain Kay Makhubela told SAnews on Monday.
The man is the latest suspect linked to the murder of Peterson. He was arrested at a house in Krugersdorp on Sunday afternoon following a joint intelligence-driven operation.
Makhubela said the man is the third to be arrested in connection with the September murder. Peterson was killed and her child wounded in protests that lasted several days in the Johannesburg suburb.
The clashes, which led to Police Minister Bheki Cele and Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole visiting the area, were a result of concerns raised by the community over gangsterism and drug abuse in the area.
The police have urged the public to continue to report crime by calling the SAPS Crime Stop number on 08600 10111 or by going to any police station.
Calls for police visibility
On Friday, the Portfolio Committee on Police called on police to intensify their visibility in communities.
“Regular police patrols, more roadblocks in hotspot areas, efficient sector policing, increased cooperation with community patrollers and Community Police Forums, private security companies and neighbourhood watches are key in finding long-term solutions,” said committee chairperson Francois Beukman.
Victims of Crime survey
Beukman’s comments followed on the release of the Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS) by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Thursday.
Released on 11 October, the 2018 survey showed that crime is on the increase. The report estimated that over 1.5 million incidents of household crime occurred in South Africa in 2017/18, an increase of 5% compared to the previous year.
The VOCS is a household-based survey that examines crime from the point of view of the victims and focuses on the public’s perception and experiences of crime.
A total of 30 000 people, from across the spectrum, were interviewed for the survey. The report also explores public perception of the activities of the police, prosecutors, courts and the correctional services.
Source: South African Government News Agency