A Metro Police officer was treated in hospital after sustaining injuries in a petrol bomb attack on a City vehicle in Kraaifontein, on Saturday, August 1.

“The City’s enforcement services have been working in the area for the past week, amid ongoing violence linked to land invasion attempts in the area,” said Janine Wilemans, spokesperson for City Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith.

“At around 2pm, staff were confronted with a crowd of approximately 600 people in Bloekombos. A petrol bomb was hurled at a hardened vehicle, resulting in the officer sustaining injuries to his face and arms. He managed to extinguish the flames, avoiding further injuries to his colleagues,” she said via a statement.

“The City is offering a reward for any information that can help lead to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible. The attack today is just the latest callous act directed at our staff in recent weeks,” Wilemans added.

Since last weekend, nearly 40 staff members from the Safety and Security Directorate have been injured during violent actions associated with land invasions.

“This type of action speaks to a level of lawlessness that cannot be tolerated, and the City views these barbaric attacks in a very serious light. It is now essential that national government step up and ensure additional levels of policing and POPS as protecting public and private land and upholding the national laws of our country cannot be left primarily to the City,” she said.

Tip-offs can be reported anonymously on 021 4807700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.

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