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Joburg man shoots intruder dead

November 20 2015 at 08:06pm 3935693930
By Kate Morrissey

Johannesburg – Yet another Joburg family has fought back against robbers who gained entry to their property, shooting one of them in the head.

A shoot-out ensued at a Hyde Park home on Thursday afternoon after a man in his forties noticed four men wearing black balaclavas entering his yard.

Police spokesman Warrant Officer Moses Maphakela said the man first saw the intruders trying to open his gate at about 2pm. When they eventually gained entry, he screamed, prompting a second man to emerge from the house.

“The robbers began shooting at the two men, and the second man shot back,” said Maphakela.

“One of the man’s bullets struck one of the robbers in the head. The suspects realised they were in trouble and fled in an Audi A4.”

From Hyde Park, the men drove their accomplice to Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital, dumping him outside before fleeing.

“They just left him there,” said Maphakela.

The wounded robber, a 30-year-old man, died at the hospital. Upon hearing that one of the robbers had been hurt in the crossfire, police had sent officers to every hospital in town to track him down. Police later recovered the getaway car, which had been reported stolen earlier this month.

Maphakela said the passenger side of the car was riddled with bullet holes and blood covered the backseat.

Police also found a 9mm gun which appears to have been dropped by one of the suspects as they fled. Its serial number had been filed off.

The three suspects are still at large, but police have opened cases of attempted robbery and attempted murder and are investigating.

This is not the first time Joburg residents have fought back against would-be robbers.

One afternoon in August, several men tried to rob a home in Kibler Park belonging to a married couple who happened to be police officers.

The couple realised what was happening in time to position themselves, armed, at the front door and a window.

When one of the men came in, he looked straight into the barrel of a gun. As he ran away, the wife shot him in the legs and genitals. His accomplices, who fled, were later apprehended in a botched getaway.

This was just a month after three men broke into a home in Glenvista belonging to a couple in their fifties in the middle of the night.

The intruders were not prepared for the wife who slept with a gun under her pillow. She shot both of the robbers who entered her bedroom. One died at the scene while the other managed to make it to the patio before he, too, died.

 

 

 

Five held for Kimberley cash heist

179782370November 16 2015 at 09:21pm
By Getrude Makhafola

Johannesburg – Five people have been arrested in connection with a cash-in-transit in Kimberley, Northern Cape, on Monday.

“The incident took place near a local store at Beaconsfield. At this stage, we are still busy with the investigation to determine how many suspects were involved in the cash-in-transit,” said the police’s Lieutenant Olebogeng Tawana.

“Some of the suspects fled the scene with undisclosed amount of cash, and some of the cash boxes with undisclosed amount of cash have been recovered.”

Police confiscated five firearms and two getaway vehicles.

Meanwhile, in Limpopo, three armed men overpowered security guards who had just collected cash from a shopping centre in Hlogotlou on Monday, police said.

“The guards were robbed of a box containing undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects fired shots before fleeing the scene in two vehicles, a Mercedes Benz and a mortuary vehicle. The mortuary vehicle was later found abandoned 30km away from the scene,” said spokesman Lieutenant Malesela Ledwaba. No arrests were made.

Rhodes Park horror: another man held

 

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Johannesburg – A second person has been arrested in connection with the Rhodes Park horror incident where two men were killed after being drowned and one of the wives raped.

The 22-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday in Yeoville and is expected to make his first appearance at the Joburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning.

He is believed to be part of a 12-man gang that attacked two couples. The men were killed and one of the women raped.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini of the provincial police said the man faces charges of murder and rape.

This arrest comes a week after the arrest of Zimbabwean Thabo Nkala two weeks ago. Nkala has allegedly confessed to his role in the matter.

He was also taken to the scene of the crime where he allegedly did the pointing out under the watchful eye of the police.

His court case was postponed so that it could be determined if he was in South Africa legally.

Nkala and his co-perpetrators allegedly attacked Zukisa Kela and Sizwe Tyeke who were walking in the park with their partners.

Kela and Tyeke were stripped, beaten and their hands were tied with their own clothes before being thrown into the dam where they drowned.

One of the 12 men raped Kela’s wife, Jabu Mbatha, while another man sexually assaulted Tyeke’s wife.

The group of men is believed to have escaped using a drain at the park.

Dlamini said the hunt was still on for the other 10 men.

November 12 2015 at 09:36am
By BOTHO MOLOSANKWE

Cop shot while patrolling Joburg highway

By Genevieve Quintal, News24COP

Johannesburg – A female sergeant was shot and wounded when the occupants of a BMW opened fire on police patrolling the Golden Highway in Johannesburg on Monday.

“Members of the flying squad were patrolling on the Golden Highway when they saw a suspicious vehicle,” Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

“When they tried to stop the vehicle, the occupants just opened fire at the police officers.”

There were three police officers in the car. The female officer, who was shot in the upper body, was sitting in the back seat, said Dlamini.

She was rushed to hospital.

The other two officers were not hurt.

Dlamini said the BMW was found abandoned in Thokoza Park, Soweto.

The suspects were still at large.

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Multimillionaire ‘mastermind’ gunned down

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Johannesburg – A man notorious for orchestrating multiple multimillion-rand bank heists was killed execution-style in Pretoria on Sunday night.

In what appears to have been an assassination plot, Monare Ignatius Selokwane “Junior 13” was gunned down in a drive-by shooting outside his butchery and grill business in Mamelodi at about 9pm.

He was shot several times in the upper body, said Gauteng police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

Dlamini could not provide further details on Monday morning, saying only that Selokwane’s bullet-riddled body lay next to his Toyota Hilux after the shooting, and that he was confirmed dead at the scene.

The multimillionaire taxi boss has made headlines over the years, with the police linking him to a string of crimes.

He was expected to appear in the high court in Pretoria next month in connection with the 2012 murder of another man, but Dlamini declined to give details on the case.

For bank robberies alone, Selokwane and others believed to be members of his gang stand accused of robbing banks of over R100 million in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

The Star has reported that this particular gang used grinders and an assortment of weapons to rob banks around the country of millions.

This included the robbery of R26.8m from a Nelspruit bank in 2003 – the most elaborate bank robbery in the history of South Africa.

Three years after this monumental robbery, the police had only managed to recover R1.5m of the stolen loot.

Meanwhile, Selokwane was also allegedly a prime suspect in the R12m FNB bank robberies which took place in Port Elizabeth late that same year.

Dlamini was unable to confirm if police recovered all the money that was stolen in the bank robberies Selokwane was linked to.

Although the alleged criminal mastermind was arrested on several occasions and was facing a string of charges, he managed to evade conviction.

In 2006, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was accused of bungling a case after charges against Selokwane and nine others were dropped in a Mpumalanga court.

Apart from separate charges of corruption, the businessman was also accused of stealing cars, falsifying documents and then selling the vehicles.

Throughout his time under the police radar, Selokwane is believed to have been composed during raids at his house as well as during his appearances in court.

In one of the raids at his Kyalami Estate home in 2003, The Star observed that he remained unperturbed, even audaciously offering tea to surprised members of the Asset Forfeiture Unit who swooped on his house.

This was despite the fact that the Asset Forfeiture Unit attached goods worth R6m at Selokwane’s double-storey mansion.

They also raided his parents’ Mamelodi home.

NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku could not comment on Monday morning on Selokwane’s pending cases, saying he needed to first check with the Pretoria office.

Meanwhile, tributes poured in for Selokwane on Facebook, with some social media users hailing him as a hero and others saying he got what he deserved, with comments like: “You live by the gun, you die by the gun.”

His profile was deactivated.

November 9 2015 at 11:42am
By Karishma Dipa

Task team to track down cop killers

November 5 2015 at 06:00pm

By Molaole Montsho

Rustenburg – A task team has been established to investigate the murder of a policeman shot and killed in Bapong near Brits, North West acting provincial 1308735671commissioner Major General Jacob Tsumane said on Thursday.

“I have established a team lead by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), to probe this case. The team will not rest until those who are responsible are brought to book,” he said during his visit to the family of Constable Johannes Mokotedi.

The 36-year-old Mokotedi was gunned down when armed gunmen fired at him at the YaRona mall on Wednesday afternoon. The group had just robbed a clothing shop in the mall before they saw Mokotedi in a marked police van with some of his colleagues.

Two of the men fired several shots in the direction of the police, hitting Mokotedi in head. He died instantly. The robbers then sped off.

Tsumane condemned the incident and conveyed his condolences to the family.

“We will ensure that the surviving members receive the necessary support,” said Tsumane.

“No arrest has been made. We are following positive leads,” said North West police spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko.

He said Mokotedi was the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty in the North West province this year. He is survived by his wife and two children, aged 6 and 8.

Senior City Power official bust for cable theft

dd35cables1_554761249According to a city council press statement the official, who wasn’t named, was found in possession of four cable reels.

The statement said, “Working with law enforcement agents, City Power has dealt a fatal blow against cable theft following the arrest of a senior staff member found in possession of cable drum rolls, each valued at approximately R350 000. The official cannot be identified yet until he appears at South Gauteng High Court on charges of cable theft and possession of stolen property.”

It said the Hawks, police and City Power were investigating to establish whether the official was working with any syndicates responsible for the spates of cable theft around Johannesburg.

City Power’s managing director, Sicelo Xulu, said he was encouraged as the breakthrough demonstrated their unwavering commitment to rid the utility of corruption. “No one is above reproach in the fight against corruption and cable theft, including City Power employees,” he said.

Photo: Stock image Police nab a suspected cable thief with electricity cables in his car.

He added that the arrest was after months of painstaking investigation and the breakthrough spared the city’s residents unplanned power cuts and millions in lost revenue. “Cable theft is conservatively estimated to cost the national economy about R5 billion annually, besides the additional costs of replacing damaged infrastructure and equipment which further increased electricity tariffs and prices for ordinary citizens.”

He added that the scourge had forced the industry to lobby government to classify cable theft as an act of economic sabotage. This resulted in government proposing a Criminal Matters Amendment Bill which will impose more stringent sentences on cable thieves.

Xulu appealed to residents to report any cable theft incidents they witnessed to City Power and law enforcement agencies.

Rhodes Park suspect confessed – claim

2485138130November 2 2015 at 09:21am
By Shain Germaner

Johannesburg – A 24-year-old suspect linked to the double murder and rape attack at Rhodes Park appears to have already confessed to his role in the brutal crimes.

Last month, two couples who were visiting the Kensington park were attacked by a group of 12 men.

It’s understood that the group of criminals raped one of the women, tied up the two men and threw them in the nearby lake, forcing their lovers to watch as they drowned.

On Sunday, a man believed to have been arrested for the murders on Friday was seen accompanied by the police in the area.

Shackled around the ankles to prevent him from escaping, The Star observed as a man directed officers towards the opening to the massive drain system that runs beneath the park, and the attached ladder the alleged killer gang had used to climb down into the drain.

This was how the gang allegedly escaped after the crime.

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 A source close to the investigation confirmed that the shackled man seen by The Star apparently pointing out the crime scene was the same man arrested on Friday in connection with the murders.

The man, according to the source, pointed out the crime scene and the entrances to the park that were used on the day, as well as the group’s escape route.

“He has already admitted what he did,” the source told The Star.

Gauteng police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that the man seen by The Star was the one arrested on Friday morning and that he had been taken to the park on Sunday as part of the investigation.

He said the man had been detained in Yeoville for questioning, and that after interviewing him, police had taken a decision to charge him with murder, attempted murder and rape.

He was expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning.

While it’s understood this man could potentially lead investigators to the other suspects, no other arrests were made at the weekend.

“Police are still appealing to anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of the (other) suspects to come forward. Information can be forwarded to Crime Stop on 08600 10111 at all hours,” Dlamini said.

Members of the I Love Kensington Association were elated by the arrest.

The association’s Tony de Munnik said he could confirm that a man was arrested in Yeoville through the co-operation of the local community.

“This is some good news from a very angry community, who are determined to keep our space safe and clean,” he said.

Since the attack, the young woman who was raped has spoken with numerous media publications and broadcasters about what had happened.

According to the woman, two of the men walked past the couples before another 10 men surrounded them from the other side.

The first two, brandishing guns, told the couples to lie on the ground. When they complied, the men began searching them and took their valuables.

It was after this that the attackers then allegedly put their hands under the women’s skirts and sexually assaulted them.

The women were then instructed to take off their clothes, and their breasts were fondled and “searched”, allegedly because the men believed they could be hiding more valuables.

The attackers then allegedly said that because they couldn’t find any money, they would throw the men in the water.

“The one said I mustn’t look at him, and he raped me,” the woman said. – Additional reporting by Anna Cox

ARMED ROBBERS STORM CHILD’S PARTY AT SANDTON FIRE STATION

JOHANNESBURG – Parents who were victims of a robbery at a children’s party at the Sandton Fire Department on Saturday say they believe they were intentionally targeted.

A group of about 35 children and 40 adults were held at gunpoint during the party and jewellery and other valuables were taken from them.

Johannesburg Emergency Services has confirmed the incident and say police are investigating.
Parents say they feel violated that they were targeted while at their most vulnerable. It’s understood the CCTV cameras weren’t working, the perpetrators knew there was a party at the venue, there were no firemen on site and the person manning the call room claimed to not have a panic button, airtime or the police’s phone number.

One man says he tried to call 10111 three times during the incident, but the number went unanswered.

“I saw one of the fathers diving for cover and then I looked up and saw a guy coming towards us with a gun. We just gathered the kids. The guy came and took
earrings from one of the ladies. When I noticed he wasn’t around I took out my phone and tried to phone 10111.”

Johannesburg Emergency Services says it’s reserving its comment on the allegations while police investigations are underway.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

‘AN ATTACK ON THE POLICE IS AN ATTACK ON THE NATION’

JOHANNESBURG – As the Hawks probe the murder of one of President Jacob Zuma’s bodyguards, the watchdog says an attack on a police officer is an attack on the nation.

It’s understood 42-year-old sergeant Mzwakhe Magwaza, who was stationed at Nkandla and part of the presidential protection unit, was asleep when a group of men set his house alight yesterday morning before shooting him.

Hawks spokesperson Robert Netshiunda says a man hunt has been launched.

“The killing on one police officer is the killing of the entire service, because we are trying our best to protect the properties of the people and the state of the people. So when one member is killed, it affects the entire police force.”

At least 60 police officers have been killed in the past 12 months alone.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)