Reaction Unit SA crime report

2016-11-17 06:00

Suspects open fire on reaction officer: Tongaat

A TATA bakkie that was stolen from Durban was recovered on 8 November by members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) in Tongaat.

While on patrol in the area officer Denis Kleynhans received information of a suspicious bakkie without registration plates in Verulam.

The officer patrolled the area and found the bakkie turning off the R102 into a dirt road leading to Verulam.

Kleynhans pursued the bakkie on the dirt road. Two suspects then abandoned the vehicle and fired several shots at the officer as they fled into the sugar cane field.

Kleynhans returned fire and pursued the suspects on foot, however no arrests were made.

A registration check from the licence disk confirmed that the bakkie had been stolen from the Point area in Durban during the month of October this year.

The bakkie was handed over to authorities for further investigation.

Electrical fault causes taxi collision: Verulam

At approximately 5.45pm on 9 November members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to a home on Marula Circle in Trenance Park, Verulam after receiving several calls from the public reporting a taxi crashing into a house.

Upon arrival a Toyota Hiace was found lodged in an embankment a few metres away from the home.

It was established while returning from Verulam the driver of the taxi noticed smoke and sparks coming from the engine compartment.

He switched off the vehicle and attempted to roll it to his employer’s house on Marula Circle.

After encountering an incline the driver decided to start the vehicle and drive it the rest of the way when the brakes failed and the steering locked resulting in the vehicle crashing down a steep driveway and lodging itself in the embankment.

The 52-year-old driver and the conductor suffered minor injuries, but did not require medical attention.

Teenagers injured after bakkie loses load: Verulam

Two teenagers were injured after a bakkie carrying plastic plumbing pipes lost its load on Inanda Road in Verulam at approximately 5.30pm on 9 November.

Members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call from a passing motorist reporting the incident.

Upon arrival it was established that the 13-year-old boys were walking on Inanda Road when several plumbing pipes fell off the back of a passing bakkie.

The boys suffered multiple cuts to their body from the jagged pieces of plastic from the pipes which shattered on impact.

The injured teenagers were transported privately to a medical facility.

Murder: Verulam

At approximately 11pm on 12 November, members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the south-bound lane of the R102 after receiving reports of an individual lying in the centre median.

Upon arrival the man was found to have sustained multiple stab wounds to his chest and back.

He showed no signs of life and was declared dead on scene.

The victim’s identity and the motive for the murder has not been established at this stage. - Supplied.

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