Cops seek sup­port in famo fight

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said should stop with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

He also said tra­di­tional lead­ers should en­sure no one walks around their re­spec­tive villages wear­ing bal­a­clavas as some of the killers cover their faces with the ski-masks and pre­tend to be herd-boys com­monly as­so­ci­ated with this dress­ing, be­fore pounc­ing on their vic­tims.

“We are not end­ing with con­fis­cat­ing these CDS and firearms. Our fi­nal des­ti­na­tion is bring­ing peo­ple sus­pected to be fu­el­ing these killings be­fore the courts of law for pros­e­cu­tion.

“Yes, we might have dealt with the mat­ter be­fore but this is the first time we are go­ing to han­dle it this way. We are hop­ing this will be the end of these killings be­cause the po­lice are deter­mined to put a stop to the blood­shed,” DCP Mon­a­heng said.

He added: “How­ever, it is important for the na­tion to un­der­stand the po­lice are not the only ones deal­ing with these crim­i­nalss. The courts play a big­ger role in en­sur­ing that sus­pects face the full might of the law.

“We are also work­ing with dif­fer­ent lo­cal se­cu­rity agen­cies and the South African Po­lice Ser­vice to put a stop to these killings.”

Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner (SAC) Po­lice Mpota Nthako also told the con­fer­ence that the spe­cial oper­a­tion had so far been a huge suc­cess.

“If you look at the statis­tics from Jan­uary 2016, ev­ery three days there was a famo-re­lated killing re­ported to the po­lice. But since 19 April, a day af­ter we re­in­forced our ef­forts, we have recorded just one un­for­tu­nate incident which oc­curred in Leribe a few days ago.

“Since 2003 when these killings started, we have in­ves­ti­gated cases, ar­rested peo­ple and brought them be­fore the courts of law but they are al­ways out on bail.

“This is a fight that needs the po­lice, pros­e­cu­tion and the courts to work to­gether and we will soon meet with court of­fi­cials to see how this can be ad­dressed. There are so many pend­ing cases be­fore the courts and we will meet with the rel­e­vant author­i­ties to see how best we can speed up these pro­cesses so that peo­ple learn from the sen­tences im­posed that these are se­ri­ous of­fences,” SAC Nthako said.

Mean­while, Act­ing As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Jankie Hlaahla said the po­lice would like to closely work with the famo group lead­ers in find­ing a last­ing so­lu­tion to the deadly feud.

“We have a clear roadmap and at some point, we are go­ing to sit down with the lead­ers and see how best they can help us find a so­lu­tion to this fight­ing,” he said.

FAMO CD’S and DVD’S seized by the po­lice last week.

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