- South African Police Services (SAPS) were hailed as heroes for thwarting a potentially dangerous farm attack in the Free State
- 5 armed men were arrested, including 2 police officers
- SAPS set up various roadblocks after receiving a tip-off, which led to the arrest
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In light of the escalating farm attacks in the country, a recent bust was warmly received by South Africans.
Police officers in Fouriesburg acted swiftly and averted a potentially dangerous farm attack in the Free State town.
Acting on a tip-off, SAPS set up road blocks throughout the area from 7am.
Police officers then came across a suspicious looking vehicle and stopped it.
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They then discovered that the five occupants of the vehicle were heavily armed.
Briefly.co.za understands that two of the suspects were indeed policemen.
The five men were duly arrested before they could proceed with their plan of attacking an isolated farm in the area.
Intelligence Bureau SA shared the news via their Facebook page on Friday.
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The news caused a strong reaction via social media as nearly 1 000 responses were shared by the public.
Dina Baadjies said, “Thank u Saps u the best thank u for saving a big and good family God will bless u all.”
Susan Nicholas said, “A big thanks to the SAPS for keeping our Farmers safe. God bless.”
However, not everyone seemed impressed by the efforts of SAPS and focused on the corrupt cops.
According to some, the involvement of the officers served as an indication that the attacks are politically motivated.
Shiyani Mthethwa said, “They must also keep farm workers safe from their employers.”
Ria Stoddart added, “Yes unfortunately there are a lot of bad apples in that basket.”
Lizz Piquer commented: “Themba Kubheka it's a disgrace that policeman are involved....COWARDS. depending on weapons. They must be shot with those heavy guns.”
Nada Nieuwoudt added, “So how many more farm attacks were these policemen involved in? How many dockets did they open, and probably were present at the very scenes they were involved in? Investigations went nowhere because they probably made sure of it!”
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