23 Dec 2017, Gauteng: Captain Daniel Mavimbela, Spokesperson for the Station Commander, SAPS Sunnyside released the following media statement:
"Three men appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Friday following their arrest during the early hours of Thursday morning for allegedly breaking into a vehicle whose owner had entered into the once notorious Tambotie block of flats he had reportedly “bought” a woman that he had met in the streets of Sunnyside."
"The trio, aged between 21 and 38, were remanded in custody and are expected back in the same court next Friday."
"They are facing a charges of attempted theft out of motor vehicle and possession of a dangerous weapon after the suspects allegedly attempted to stab one of the arresting officers with a sharp object."
"Information suggests that the police who were on foot patrol noticed the victim alight from his Renault 9 TL after he had parked outside the once notorious, massive Tambotie block of flats."
"It is believed that shortly thereafter, the suspects appeared from nowhere and smashed one of the vehicle’s windows before one suspect entered into the vehicle. It was only about nine hours later at about 11:30 that the police were able to locate the victim inside one the flats, which meant that the vehicle could have been left unattended on the pavement of Leyds Street throughout that period."
"Later it emerged that the victim had reportedly gone into the Tambotie flats following an agreement to have a transactional sex with a woman that he had met in the street during the early hours of the same morning."
"Except for theft out of the motor vehicles, the police in Sunnyside are optimistic and says they are well on their way towards achieving their immediate goal - creating a festive season that is much safer than the previous one."
"We need to thank our community for continuously sharing information that enables us to prevent crime and in certain instances, arrest the alleged perpetrators thereof."
"However, we need to highlight that there are still individuals who continue to disregard their own personal safety."
"It appears as if the only way we would succeed towards guaranteeing the safety of such persons would be if we were to deploy at least two police officers to stay with them on a twenty four hour basis."