The police in Bela-Bela are investigating a case of housebreaking

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The police in Bela-Bela are investigating a case of housebreaking and theft following an incident that happened at a house in Zuma View.

Lieutenant-Colonel Abel Phetla of the Bela-Bela police said the incident happened last week and the police arrested two suspects in connection with the case on Tuesday, 20 June.

Phetla said the suspects broke into the house and stole wall units, tools and engine parts. He added that the police learned through investigations that the stolen items were already sold at two local scrapyards. The suspects were expected to appear before the Bela-Bela Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 19 June, and the police are working on recovering all the stolen properties. 

Residents of the Lehawu Farming area outside Bela-Bela were in shock after learning of the death of one of their neighbours. The man was found dead in his bed on the morning of Monday, 19 June. 

People from the area told the police that they were surprised when they never saw the man that morning also when they learned that he never took cattle for grazing that morning. The concerned neighbours then went to the man’s house to check what was going on, only to find him lying dead on his bed.

The police said the man seemed to have died sometime over the past weekend. The police further said the man has not yet been identified, and they are still looking for his relatives. They have since opened an inquest docket and investigations are underway. 

Four people were arrested for drunken driving during the police’s operation on the nights of Thursday, 15 and Saturday, 17 June. The Bela-Bela Police had a mini roadblock with the Modimolle Traffic officers on the days and were focusing on enforcing compliance by the drivers on the roads. 

This was influenced by the fact that it was a long weekend and people were celebrating Youth Day in different forms and at different places. Two of the arrested drivers were local, while the other two were driving past Bela-Bela.

Phetla said the suspects’ cases were remanded when they appeared in court on Monday, 19 June as the police await their blood test results from the forensics unit, which could take up to three months. He added that the suspects would appear in court as soon as the blood test samples had been finalised.

10 months ago       22 June 2017