The Chief of Police in Kouga, Brigadier John Lebok has strongly condemned the violent acts of community members following the murder of 30-year-old Monique du Plooy, in Patensie this weekend.
He further called for calm and urged community members not to take law into their own hands and to work with the police to ensure that those responsible are brought to book.
This follows after du Plooy and her boyfriend (also 30-years-old) were returning to their home in Rooikloof Street, Ramaphosa Village (Patensie) at about 02:00 on Sunday, 28 May 2017.
It is alleged that the two had an argument. According to information, the 30-year-old male stabbed the female and she died at the scene.
This was reported to the South African Police Service in Patensie and the suspect was arrested during the early hours of yesterday morning.
Community members from the area retaliated and set alight the informal home of the arrested suspect and furniture of one of his relatives.
No cases have been opened against community members at this stage, and preliminary investigations are ongoing.
The 30-year-old suspect is due to appear in the Hankey Magistrate’s Court today on a charge of murder.