SA local crime reports Apr 16 2011

Summary: Three of  four black suspects of the murder of William Bell in Rosettenville in court April 18; Kempton Park residents warned of spike in armed-robberies after cash-withdrawals at local ATMs; three panga-wielding black males ambush 7 Midrand cyclists; a young black man electrocuted while stealing cables in Rosettenville.

William Bell murdered, Rosettenville
On Tuesday February 1 2011, Mr William Bell was murdered in his home in Rosettenville. A docket of murder was opened and handed to Warrant officer Mdlalose for further investigation. On 25 March 2011 it was reported by journalist Lucky Thusi of the Comaro Chronicle newspaper that three black suspects were arrested by members of the serious and violent crime unit at Booysens SAPS on information c
ollected by W/O Mdlalose. Three of four black man suspected of murdering Mr Bell  appeared in court on  March 7. The case was remanded to April 18 2011. Very few details about Mr Bell ‘s murder or background have thus far been released by the SAPS.

During the police investigation it was discovered that two of the suspects had stolen a lawnmower that belonged to Mr Bell. These two suspects also have other outstanding cases and they are currently being investigated. SAPS would like to thank the community of Rosettenville for their assistance by supplying information that led to a positive result and arrest of the three suspects. They are still currently looking for a fourth black male suspect:  known as Mavimbela or Lefton Mfofu. He also sometimes uses the surname Vilakazi or Khumalo. From information received he used to stay in Orange Farm and in Rifle Range. He was last seen staying in an old house behind Rand Water Board in Towerby.  Anyone with any information concerning the above mentioned person, please contact Detective Warrant Officer Mdlalose on 011 433 5301 or 082 469 4316 or 079 512 2700. http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/joburg-south/joburg-south-news-crime?oid=4318142&sn=Detail&pid=1171167&Murder-suspect-arrested

 

Panga-wielding thugs ambush 7 Midrand cyclists

MIDRAND CYCLISTS ATTACKED BY PANGA ROBBERSApril15201115 April 2011 After a close shave with bike-jackers on Saturday, Midrand Country Cyclists (MCC) urges mountain bikers to beware. Wayne Burnett, ride captain said, “This is a warning to all mountain bikers in the Midrand area; it is not advisable to ride in a group of less than five people.”

On their weekly Saturday ride, the group of seven bikers from MCC were surprised by three black males with pangas, hiding in the long grass. “The three would-be assailants were under the impression there were only two riders but, when the other five guys came around the corner, the cowards ran for the hills,” said Burnett. “We were very fortunate that the group was large enough to scare off the would-be criminals.” Burnett said bike-jacking was now part and parcel of riding in South Africa, and pleaded with riders to be vigilant. He also urged riders to be careful in hotspots like Irene, and to ride with a club that had a safety protocol. “Riding with a club will also ensure safety in numbers,” he said. “The clubs in Gauteng are trying to pull together to ensure safety on the routes, but these bike-jacking ringleaders need to be caught. Hopefully something can be done before there are fatalities.” Burnett added it would be a shame to ruin a fast-developing sport that the entire family could enjoy.
http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/midrand/midrand-news-crime?oid=4349868&sn=Detail&pid=490215&Panga-wielding-thugs-ambush-Midrand-cyclists

 

 President Park man electrocuted trying to steal cables
ROSETTENVILLE MAN ELECTROCUTED STEALING CABLING,jpgA young black man was electrocuted after he tried to steal live power cables in President Park. (source: Tammy Sutherns)  The unidentifed man was still alive when he was pried apart from the power cable but died in Tembisa Hospital the following day.

Local resident Johan Marias – who lives opposite the Eskom transmitter in Brand Road –  said the young man got his right leg hooked in a bracket that supported the transformer “in such a way that he could not free himself. Eskom had to isolate the electricity supply to the whole of Brand Road to make the scene safe for the members of the fire department to lift him down.” Marais added that several private security officers, Midrand police, Eskom, two fire vehicles, and an ambulance were at the scene at 2.30am. Colonel Steven Moodley from Midrand police station said, “This is a dangerous business to be involved in. The person who attempted to steal the cable was electrocuted.” Moodley said they would contact the young man’s family. Eskom has received nine reports of cable theft in the same area that week alone. They have also released a statement warning the public about the dangers of illegal connections, which can often lead to electrocution. Jeffrey Wicks, spokesman for Netcare 911 advised the public, “Do not rush to assist electrocuted victims until you are certain they are no direct contact with the source of the electricity. Otherwise the current will pass through the victim directly into you.” Details: Call Eskom on 0900-11-27-22 to report cable theft and illegal connections.
http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/midrand/midrand-news-crime?oid=3131227&sn=Detail&pid=490221&Horror-death-for-cable-thief

 

Danger spots for armed-robberies: Bank ATMS at Woodbridge Square, Central Avenue,  Wolff Street in Kempton Park – warn local police

Kempton Park: more people followed, robbed at gunpoint after withdrawing cash from ATMs

15 April 2011 Bernice Maune writes from KEMPTON PARK. BANK related crimes are on the increase in the central business district of Kempton Park, warns SAPS Capt Jethro Mtshali. There is a spike in people being robbed after they have left their bank’s ATM machines, he warned. Suspects were hanging around the machines targeting people using banks at Woodbridge Square, Central Avenue and Wolff Street. “The victims withdraw money and then are followed to their destinations where they get robbed at gunpoint.  Residents are advised to be aware of their surroundings. “Rather than withdrawing large amounts of cash, transfer it electronically. This will prevent victims from being robbed. If one suspects he is being followed, drive straight to the nearest police station,” said Mtshali.” http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/kempton-park/kempton-park-news-crime?oid=4349696&sn=Detail&pid=490121&People-targeted-at-ATMs

(People can also sign up for Eblockwatch.co.za so that alerts can be sent out quickly across the entire network via emails and help can be sent very quickly. )

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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