Potchefstroom: Although the police regularly warn members of the community to solve their differences amicably rather than resorting to violence, cases of assault common and assault with intent to do Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) are frequently reported at all police stations within the province.
As part of showing seriousness in the fight against all assaults and deterrence of such offences, detectives in Pudimoe Cluster secured considerable convictions thereof. In a period between 1 July and 31 August 2018, 15 accused were given a combined sentence of 10 years and seven months imprisonment. Of this number, two got direct imprisonments of two and three years respectively while nine were given suspended sentences. The other four accused paid admission of guilt fines of R500.00, R100.00 and R4000.00
In one of the cases in Reivilo, Kagiso Simon Ndiwe (30) was sentenced to three years imprisonment for assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm. That was after he assaulted his 27-year-old girlfriend, threatened her with a knife and contravened a Protection Order on 4 May 2018 at about 08:40 in her house.
The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane applauded detectives in Pudimoe Cluster for securing assault convictions which is one of the problematic offences under the category of contact crimes. She said that the sentences will certainly send a clear message that assault is a serious crime and that those who commit it can also serve a jail term.