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Cops shot after truck hijacked

November 13 2015 at 06:41pm
By ILANIT CHERNICK1632804275

Johannesburg – Two police officers were wounded during a shoot-out with robbers in Benoni on Friday morning.

According to Gauteng police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, the incident happened at about 4am on Thomas and High roads.

“Police officers from Crystal Park were following a truck that was allegedly hijacked in Secunda. The truck was being escorted by two vehicles which began to fire actively at police, a chase and shoot-out then ensued,” Dlamini said.

“The two officers were shot, one in the leg and the other in the shoulder. Both were taken to hospital in a stable condition.”

Dlamini could not confirm what the truck was carrying but said it was found abandoned with its load. “Police are still busy on the scene investigating. Three rifles were recovered; one was hidden in a dustbin. No arrests have been made but we are appealing to anyone with information to come forward,” he said.

Dlamini added that a case of attempted murder and robbery had been opened.

In a separate incident on Monday, a female police officer was shot in the head on Soweto’s Golden Highway while on patrol. “A white BMW X3 with tinted windows was spotted near Eldorado Park.

“Feeling that the vehicle was suspicious, the officers tried to stop the vehicle. This is when two of the occupants in the BMW began shooting at the officers with rifles,” he said.

He said the back window was shattered, and she was the only one injured as she was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle. Dlamini said she was still in a critical condition.

Last week a video emerged of a police officer in Brits, North West, being gunned down. The officer was killed while approaching a vehicle.

North West police spokesman Paul Ramaloko said the fatal shot was not from the white vehicle in the video, but from another car 30m away.

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.

KZN cops nab four for hijacking

November 4 2015 at 09:02pm
By ANA Reporter                                           Durban – Police in KwaZulu-Natal have arrested four alleged car hijackers after a fire1308735671fight in which one suspect was wounded.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said that on Wednesday at about 9am, members of the police were conducting patrols in the Shallcross area when they heard reports about a hijacked vehicle in the area.

“They immediately proceeded to Burlington Drive where they intercepted the hijacked vehicle, a white Hyundai,”Zwane said. “The suspects fled with the vehicle into St Wendolins, Mariannhill.”

Police radioed for further assistance and police from Malvern responded and intercepted the hijacked vehicle on Ukuthuna Road, St Wendolins.

“The suspects fired at police and police retaliated. The suspects crashed the hijacked vehicle and fled into a nearby house. One suspect sustained a gunshot wound to the leg.

“Police K9 rendered assistance at the scene and a further three suspects were arrested, aged between 20 and 25 years. Three suspects were taken to a local hospital for treatment and one suspect detained at SAPS Chatsworth.”

Police also seized cartons of cigarettes with an estimated value of R60,000 in the white Hyundai while one Glock pistol was also recovered at the scene and seized by the police.

“Upon further investigation, police established that a vehicle, a VW Caddy, belonging to British American Tobacco Company was hijacked by the suspects on Burlington Road, Shallcross. It is alleged that the suspects transferred the cigarettes from the VW Caddy into the white Hyundai.

“Investigations revealed that the white Hyundai was taken in a carjacking during October 2015 in the Chatsworth policing precinct.”

The VW Caddy was later found abandoned at Balington.

One of the suspects, a 22-year-old, had previously been arrested for carjacking. Two weeks ago, the suspect had been released on bail by the Umzinto Magistrates’ Court.

Zwane said three suspects were under hospital guard. They would appear in the Chatsworth Magistrates’ Court soon.

“The swift reaction of the vigilant members and the arrest of the suspects is commended. The recovered firearm will be taken to ballistics to determine if it was used in any commission of crime in the country,” said KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye.

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.

Vision Tactical SAFETY TIP

 

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  1. Lock the vehicles doors and close all the windows. Thieves often target vehicles in peak times when traffic is heavy and while stationary at an intersection.
  2. Leaving valuable items in plain sight is only further attracting thieves to your vehicle. Ensure they are well hidden. Out of sight, out of mind.
  3. Don’t hesitate to report suspicious looking individuals or vehicles to the police.  Be fully aware of everything surrounding you and your vehicle
  4. Be wary of people standing at traffic lights or intersections. Perpetrators often mix with the most innocent looking people to avoid suspicion
  5. Never open your vehicle window or door for any stranger. Perpetrators often point to the vehicles tyres or lights in an attempt to get the driver to pull over, making their task a lot easier.
  6. Thieves target parking lots. Parking in an area with a parking attendant will limit their opportunities to break into your vehicle.
  7. Do not park in poorly lit parking lots at night. Parking in a well-lit area at night allows you to survey the area before exiting and re-entering your vehicle.
  8. Never leave your children alone in a vehicle. Children innocently allow perpetrators into the vehicle, leaving the child to fend for themselves.
  9. Do not exit your vehicle to remove objects laying in the road. Chances are the object have been put there to force the driver to remove it, making them an easy target
  10. Immediately lock the vehicle doors when you enter or exit your vehicle. Don’t give crooks the opportunity to enter your vehicle. It happens in the blink of an eye.

Report any suspicious activity  to our control room on 084-222-2222

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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)

Don’t make yourself a target

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Captain Pinky Tsinyane explained, “Gauteng 10111 receives roughly 10 301 calls in 24 hours, and at the end of the month, the numbers do increase a lot. While 10111 does all it can to ensure complaints are attended to by police, community members are urged to take note that policing is everyone’s responsibility – be vigilant at all times.”

Residents can make communities safer by practicing the following:

  •  Never walk around alone and do not talk to strangers
  •  Be on the lookout for strange cars or people and avoid getting into vehicles of people you do not know
  • Walk in well-lit streets with other people around and in a group, if possible
  •  Make sure your home is secure and become a member of an armed response service. Be sure that you know all the emergency numbers or have them displayed in an accessible area
  •  Always let someone know where you are going and how long you will be gone. But think twice before advertising your impending absence on social media, criminals also have access to Facebook and Twitter
  •  Avoid using congested streets where you cannot even walk properly, that is where you will find criminals pickpocketing
  •  Avoid displaying valuables where criminals can see them.

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