A suspect was arrested after a Limpopo police captain was stabbed with a knife over the weekend when he responded to a domestic violence complaint. The victim is the station commander of the police station in Elandskraal, south of Polokwane.
Brig. Police spokesman Motlafela Mojapelo said in a statement that the station commander received a call on Saturday morning about a woman who was regularly assaulted by her friend in the Mbuzini settlement.
This settlement is located in the Elandskraal police area and the station commander and a police reserve then went to the woman’s house to investigate.
According to Mojapelo, when the woman arrived on the scene, she indicated that she no longer wanted to live in the house as her friend regularly assaulted her. The friend unexpectedly stabbed the station commander with a knife before fleeing. He was later arrested.
The injured station commander was rushed to a hospital shortly after the incident for medical treatment and is currently in stable condition, Mojapelo confirmed.
The suspect has since been arrested and is expected to appear in court Monday on charges of attempted murder and violation of the Family Violence Act.
Maj. Provincial police chief Jan Scheepers condemned the incident.
“We cannot allow police officers to be attacked while fighting gender-based violence and try to protect the most vulnerable members of our society,” Scheepers said.