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Thursday, 04 July 2024 13:39

Police confirm the arrest of Kraaifontein teen who assaulted his grandmother.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

SA Police Service (SAPS) have confirmed the arrest a 19-year-old seen assaulting his grandmother in a video that went viral on social media.

National police spokesperson Athlenda Mathe said the young man is expected to appear in court soon. 

"SAPS [SA Police Service] in the Western Cape have arrested a 19-year-old suspect who is seen in this video assaulting his grandmother," Mathe said.

"The suspect was traced to Wallecedene in Kraaifontein on Wednesday evening."

Western Cape Police Spokesperson Colonel Andre Traut says police only learned about the video footage on Wednesday and registered a case docket for further investigation.

Traut says when asked about the assault, she declined to submit a statement.

He says according to their information the assault took place last month at the elderly woman's home.

It was further established that police were called out to the scene on the night of the assault but the family took the matter in their own hands and refused police assistance.

Traut says when they saw the video circulating on the internet, the severity of the matter was realised and a case docket was opened on behalf of the victim.

The victim's 19-year-old grandchild was arrested at his house and will appear in the Blue Downs Magistrates Court once charged.

"Crimes against women and children are on top of SAPS' priority list, and we will not be turning a blind eye to any form of violence in this regard," said Traut.

Social development minister Sisisi Tolashe expressed shock at the abuse. Tolashe has asked officials in the department to follow up to ensure the grandmother receives assistance and called on law enforcement agencies to act swiftly so the elderly woman can be protected. 

"We need to join hands as families, communities and society in ensuring older people are protected, which should lead to a societal culture of improved reporting and culminate in successful prosecution and safety of older people," she said.

Tolashe appealed to citizens to educate themselves about the plight and rights of older people who are vulnerable by virtue of being old.