Reaction Unit SA crime report

2016-08-04 06:00

Mob justice for house break-in suspect: Verulam

A house break-in suspect was arrested and severely beaten by members of the public in Missionlands, Verulam at approximately 8.30am on Saturday, 23 July.

Members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) were dispatched to Delta Road after receiving information that a suspect had been apprehended by the public.

Upon arrival officers found the suspect tied to a tree. He had sustained open cuts to his body after being whipped with a sjambok.

It is alleged that the suspect was in the process of breaking into a home when he was spotted by neighbours. The suspect fled the property, but was pursued by residents in the area who eventually caught up with him on Mission Road. A large crowd gathered at the scene and began assaulting the suspect.

The suspect was arrested and handed over to the SAPS for further investigation.

Driver killed in taxi accident: Verulam

One person was killed and several passengers were injured after a taxi they were travelling in overturned on Umdloti Beach Road, Verulam recently.

At approximately 11.30pm on Sunday, 24 July members of Rusa were dispatched to the scene after receiving several calls from passing motorists.

Upon arrival the driver of the Toyota Hiace was found to have been killed in the accident.

Several ambulance services responded to the scene and paramedics stabilised the nine passengers before transporting them to hospital.

Details surrounding the accident are unclear at this stage and are being investigated.

Vehicle overturns: Verulam

At approximately 10.30am on Monday, 25 July members of Rusa were dispatched to the south bound land of the R102 in between the Ottawa and Verulam robots, after receiving reports of a motor vehicle collision.

Upon arrival a Toyota Hilux bakkie was found lying on its side.

The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, managed to free himself from the wreckage. He sustained moderate injuries and was treated on scene before being transported to hospital.

It is alleged that the driver of the Toyota Hilux bakkie attempted to avoid an unknown vehicle which cut him off resulting in his vehicle overturning

Vehicle on fire: Tongaat

At approximately 8.15am on Saturday, 30 July members of Rusa were dispatched to Belvedere Drive in Tongaat after receiving reports of a vehicle on fire.

Upon arrival officers found the engine compartment of a BMW engulfed in flames.

The eThekwini Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the fire, however the vehicle was extensively damaged.

The cause of the fire has not been established at this stage.

The owner of the vehicle claimed that while travelling on Belvedere Drive, he noticed smoke emanating from the engine compartment. When he stopped to investigate, the vehicle burst into flames.

- Supplied

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