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Vosloorus man arrested for murder

A 32-year old man was arrested at his home in Vosloorus for the murder of his girlfriend and mother of his 2-year old son.  Captain Kay Makhubele said the man was arrested after collaborations between the police and community members.

The woman’s mother reported her missing on the 16th of January.  “The woman left Alexandra on the 10th of January to visit her boyfriend.  After she did not come back home, her boyfriend indicated that she left to [go] home but she did not arrive” Makhubele said.

Police followed up on information that led them to her car in Alberton.  The person found in possession of the victim’s car led the police to the boyfriend who allegedly sold the car to him.  Makhubele said the boyfriend admitted that he killed her and dumped her in an open space in Heidelberg.  The body of a woman was found in an open field and a case of murder was opened.

He is expected to appear in the Germiston Magistate’s Court.

Eastern Cape Gov Lays Down the Law

The South African Government’s Safer Festive Season initiative proved to be effective last week in the Eastern Cape and resulted in the arrests of over 1 000 people for a variety of crimes. This ahead of Police Minister Bheki Cele’s visit to the province, assessing compliance to the law by residents and businesses.

“Ahead of the annual Safer Festive Season Inspection Tour by the Minister of Police to the Eastern Cape to assess the effectiveness of Safer Festive Season plans put in place to ensure that residents and holiday makers are and feel safe during the holiday season and beyond, 693 rounds of ammunition and 72 firearms (49 revolvers/pistols, 15 rifles and 8 shotguns) were seized while 1 117 suspects were arrested for various crimes from 13 – 21 December 2020,” the South African Police Services’ (SAPS) Colonel  Sibongile Soci said in a statement.

Suspects arrested include 392 handcuffed for contact crimes, 54 for property related crimes, 234 for crimes detected as a result of police action such as drug-related crimes, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs and possession of suspected stolen property while many others were held for several other crimes, Soci also said.

Police have also managed to recover 189 dangerous weapons which includes 172 knives, 13 pangas and four axes. People were also arrested for livestock theft, which is a huge problem in the rural province, particularly during the festive season.

“Furthermore, the stock theft market was dealt a big blow with the recovery of 41 cattle, 22 goats and 19 sheep. 23 suspected stolen vehicles were also confiscated,” police said.

All the suspects have subsequently appeared before various courts while others were issued with summons to pay fines.

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has commended the members for the arrests and confiscations.

“Eastern Cape has already rolled out the festive season operational plans which are directed into tightening the grip on trio crimes, stock theft, violent crime and the proliferation of unlicensed firearms as well as to see the general safety of all inhabitants throughout the Province. The arrests and confiscations are the results of those well-executed operational plans,” Ntshinga said.

Stolen Ford Ranger hidden in brooms

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Mpumalanga is looking for the driver of a truck following the discovery of a stolen Ford Ranger double cab bakkie hidden in a load of traditional brooms on a truck heading to Mozambique via the Lebombo border post.

Mpumalanga SAPS provincial spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli confirmed that the video of the white Ford Ranger, which has gone viral on social media platforms, occurred on Saturday afternoon.

“It is believed that the driver was intending to cross the border to Mozambique with the stolen car. According to [SAPS] reports, the police at the border were busy with their duties when they noticed a suspicious white truck with Mozambican registration number plates fully loaded with traditional brooms,” said Mdhluli.

“The car track company activated their system and picked up a signal pointing to the truck which led to the search and recovery of the car. The police appreciate the partnership that exists between the SAPS and the car track company which has resulted in the recovery of many vehicles,” he said.

“The driver [of the parked truck] was not available and members got information that he had gone to SARS [South African Revenue Service] offices to complete certain documents required when crossing the border with goods,” said Mdhluli.

“Members then went to look for him at the SARS offices but they could not find him and they began searching the truck. While removing the traditional brooms they [police officers] discovered a white Ford Ranger with false registration number plates.”

Police checks on the bakkie revealed that it was reported stolen at a garage in Sandton in Johannesburg in Gauteng on November 30.

“In the meantime, anyone with information that can assist police in the investigation should call 013-793-7382 / 013-793-7321 or Crime Stop number on 086-00-10111 or send information via MYSAPSAPP which can be downloaded to any smartphone. All information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous,” said Mdhluli.

SA’s Crime Stats Released

The South African Police Service (SAPS) and Stats SA have published quarterly crime statistics for the second quarter of the 2020/21 period, covering all criminal activity reported between July and September 2020. The data shows a massive increase in criminal activity almost across the board when comparing numbers against the previous quarter (April to June 2020) – this is largely due to the previous quarter being during heightened lockdown.

Ongoing analysis and reports of crime during lockdown pointed to a massive reduction in criminal activity during the initial stages of lockdown, especially ‘hard’ lockdown (level 5) though unreported cases of GBV and domestic violence may have been higher.  This was seen in the 72% reduction in murders, and an 81% reduction in hijacking. Similar trends were seen in reported assaults, attempted murders, robbery and rape.

However, these trends reversed and slowly returned back to normal levels as lockdown was eased. By July, insurers and tracking companies had reported vehicle theft and hijacking numbers were back to their pre-lockdown levels. A better reflection of the crime situation in South Africa is comparing year-on-year numbers and the data shows that crime activity in South Africa is lower than a year ago, due to the country still being under some degree of lockdown.

Bheki Cele, the Police minister, said that the second quarter stats reflect “a South Africa operating under eased restrictions under the Disaster Management Act”. However, as restrictions ease and the country gets back to normal, the considerable drops in certain crime categories are expected to narrow.

SA crime stats for Q2 2020 (1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020)

Q1 vs Q2 Apr – Jun 2020 Jul – Sep 2020 Change
Contact Crimes 90 376 135 821 +50.3%
Contact-related Crimes 19 191 26991 +40.6%
Property-related Crimes 86 410 95516 +10.5%
Other Serious Crimes 266 495 352277 +32.2%
Total public reported 462 472 610 605 +32.0%
Crime detected as a result of police action 25 093 42121 +67.9%
Total 487 565 652 726 +33.9%

2019 vs 2020 Jul – Sep 2019 Jul – Sep 2020 Change
Contact Crimes 153 650 135 821 -11.6%
Contact-related Crimes 28 042 26 991 -3.7%
Property-related Crimes 117 539 95 516 -18.7%
Other Serious Crimes 407 303 352 277 -13.5%
Total public reported 706 534 610 605 -13.6%
Crime detected as a result of police action 78 779 42 121 -46.5%
Total 785 313 652 726 -16.9%
  • Contact crimes include murder, attempted murder and sexual offences, as well as common assault and robbery.
  • Contact-related crimes include arson and malicious injury to property.
  • Other serious crimes include commercial crime, shop-lifting and all other types of theft – while aggravated robbery includes hijackings, robbery at residences and cash-in-transit heists and bank robberies.
  • Crimes detected as a result of police action cover crimes discovered by active policing, such as road-blocks and raids. Categories covered by this are the illegal possession of firearms, DUI or driving under the influence (of drugs or alcohol); and the use, possession or trade of illegal drugs.

Crime categories

For Community reported crimes, robberies – be it of cash-in-transit or at residential premises – were some of the only crimes to see an increase over the period. Other crimes that also increased included  commercial crimes, carjacking, attempted murder – with only a single bank robbery reported.

Considerable reductions were noted in burglaries and theft out of vehicles, which usually take place when people are out of the home.

“As we approach the festive season, criminals are trying to make up for the time lost during the ‘crime holiday’ experienced in the first quarter of the financial year. This is demonstrated by the increase in the country’s most feared crimes, which are residential robberies.

“While many citizens are still working from home due to the Nationwide Lockdown, incidents of home invasions have increased by 8.5%. On the other hand, cases of business robberies have declined by the same percentage,” Cele said.

Cele said that an increase in cash in transit heists showed that criminals were attempting to catch up.

“It is clear armed gangs targeting cash vans, are becoming more desperate and ruthless as the year comes to a close. These criminals are stopping at nothing to carry out their criminal acts, often doing so in public spaces near innocent bystanders.”

Crimes as detected by police – particularly in driving under the influence, and drug-related crimes, saw the biggest drop.

Biggest increase to biggest decrease in crimes Q2 2020/21

Category Jul – Sep 2019 Jul – Sep 2020 Change
Bank Robbery 0 1 +1 case
Robbery of cash in transit 40 64 +60.0%
Truck hijacking 312 411 +31.7%
Robbery at residential premises 5 308 5 760 +8.5%
Commercial crime 21 518 21 978 +2.1%
Attempted murder 4 856 4 941 +1.8%
Carjacking 4 882 4 803 -1.6%
Malicious injury to property 26 985 26 005 -3.6%
Common assault 38 993 36 851 -5.5%
Burglary at non-residential premises 16 892 15 881 -6.0%
Murder 5 446 5 107 -6.2%
Arson 1 057 986 -6.7%
Stock-theft 7 878 7 339 -6.8%
Robbery at non-residential premises 5 394 4 937 -8.5%
Shoplifting 15 192 13 808 -9.1%
Assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm 39 807 34 890 -12.4%
Robbery with aggravating circumstances 37 617 32 745 -13.0%
Sexual Offences 13 730 11 423 -16.8%
Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle 12 235 10 146 -17.1%
All theft not mentioned elsewhere 71 362 58 154 -18.5%
Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition 4 485 3 631 -19.0%
Burglary at residential premises 49 930 39 304 -21.3%
Common robbery 13 201 9 864 -25.3%
Theft out of or from motor vehicle 30 586 22 846 -25.3%
Drug-related crime 45 682 29 094 -36.3%
Sexual offences discovered as result of police action 2 533 1 568 -38.1%
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs 26 079 7 828 -70.0%

Motorist shot Traffic Officer in Alberton

A 33-year-old Traffic Officer is in hospital after he was shot twice by a motorist.  Sello Maremane, spokesperson for the Traffic Department said the incident happened on Friday in Alberton.

The motorist was driving a red Audi and did not stop at a red traffic light. The traffic officer stopped the motorist and shot the officer.  The officer is in a stable condition in hospital.  No one was arrested and the police are investigating the incident.  A case of attempted murder was opened.

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This morning one of Fox Reaction officers noticed a suspicious male walking with a bunch of powertools and a Welder. A purse with a card was also found on the suspects with the names D.D Anderson.

Reaction stopped the male and tried to determine where he got those tools. He could not provide us with information on where he got it from. It is suspected that he broke into a property in the Randhart area.

IF you can identify these powertools to be yours and you had a positive break in at your property during the early hours of this morning please contact Fox Security immediately.

The suspect will be detained at Alberton Police station for possession of suspected stolen goods.

Well done to Fox Reaction on a job well done.

Local News – Katlehong Girl’s Body Found

The body of missing 8-year-old girl from Katlehong was discovered on Monday in the Motlaung Section of Katlehong.  The girl was reported missing by her mother on Sunday night.  Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, spokesperson for the police, said members of the police was alerted that the body of the child had been found, allegedly behind a backroom in the Motlaung Section.

“On arrival at the scene, police found the little girl’s body behind a backroom.  Paramedics certified the child dead on the scene,” Peters said.  “It has since been confirmed that the deceased girl had been reported missing by her mother on Sunday evening around 22:00.”

Brigadier Peters said that a case of murder has been opened and that police were investigation the circumstances surround the death of the girl.  A post-mortem will be performed to determine the exact cause of her death.

News: 80 year old Woman murdered at Limpopo retirement village

Limpopo police have launched a manhunt after the murder of an 80-year-old woman at the Koraal retirement village in Polokwane.

Police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said the body of Jacoba “Jackie” Grobler was found in her house at the centre at 11am on Monday.

“Preliminary police investigations revealed that the suspects entered the house and found the deceased, who lived alone, and severely assaulted her. The victim’s body was found by her friend and the police were called.”

Grobler was found lying on her bed with open wounds which might have been caused by a blunt object, Mojapelo said.

Her cellphone and laptop are missing.

Limpopo MEC for social development Nkakareng Rakgoale said the murder “undermined” the Older Persons Act, which is “intended to protect, promote and maintain the status, rights, wellbeing and security of older people”.

Old age homes and villages have been solely established to create a safer environment for older people. The violent manner in which the victim was murdered is shocking.

“This murder happens at a time we are waging a war against gender-based violence and femicide in the province. It is very disturbing to see an older person senselessly taken in this manner. The most vulnerable people of our society need to be protected by all of us. We are hopeful that the police will be able to trace and arrest the perpetrators.”

Rakgoale said her department would provide psychosocial support to all people who have been affected by the incident.

A case of murder and house robbery was opened.

Anyone with information can contact Brig James Esbach on 082 576 0743, or the Crime Stop number 0860010111, or the nearest police station.

By Iavan Pijoos – TimesLIVE

News: Johannesburg anaesthetist Dr Abdulhay Munshi murdered

The Medical Protection Society has confirmed the death of Johannesburg anaesthetist Dr Abdulhay Munshi.

“Medical Protection Society (MPS) is shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Dr Abdulhay Munshi,” the society said in a statement.

“The thoughts and prayers of MPS and SA’s health-care profession are with Dr Munshi’s family during this sad time.”

Reports are that Munshi was shot dead on Wednesday. Police confirmed the shooting incident to TimesLive but did not release Munshi’s name.

Brig Mathapelo Peters said the shooting was carried out by unknown suspects on Wednesday in Norwood.

“Police are at this stage not at liberty to disclose or confirm the deceased’s identity. The motive for the shooting is yet to be determined,” Peters said

Munshi was one of two prominent doctors who found himself in the midst of a medical storm after they were blamed for the death of a 10-year-old patient after surgery.

Munshi and Prof Peter Beale were charged with culpable homicide.

The patient, Zayaan Sayed, died at Netcare’s Park Lane Clinic in October last year, hours after Beale performed what was meant to be a routine laparoscopic operation to stop reflux.

The two specialists were granted bail and made their last court appearance on August 31.

Their case was postponed to November 16 and they were still out on R10,000 bail each.

Messages of condolences have started circulating with the medical fraternity mourning Munshi’s death.

Meanwhile, police have called for any eyewitnesses to come forward.

“Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have information that could lead towards the apprehension of the suspect(s) is urged to report to the nearest police station or call the crime stop number 08600 10111. Information may be provided anonymously,” said Peters.

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