Residents must protect themselves - AfriForum

2014-05-17 11:30
(Nielen Bottomley, News24)

(Nielen Bottomley, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Residents of Boschkop and Cullinan, east of Pretoria, should safeguard themselves because police were absent in their areas, civil rights group AfriForum said on Saturday.

"The police is absent, leadership is non-existent and the police officers at ground level cannot implement effective policing without the necessary sources and leadership," AfriForum safety head Ian Cameron said in a statement.

"Self-safety is the only effective way in which South Africans can help ensure their protection. It's a let-down that government is failing to execute this crucial duty to the citizens of the country."

Cameron was reacting after four people were killed in Boschkop and Cullinan in the past week, including a suspected robber.

Police spokesperson Marissa van der Merwe said a business owner and a robber were killed in a robbery at a shop in Boschkop.

Two men, pretending to be customers, went to the Charlie General Dealer, which was part of the owner's house on a smallholding on Monday.

They entered the shop asking to buy a bag of maize.

Van Der Merwe said the business owner's wife, Ralie Groenewald, 72, opened the security gate to hand the maize to them.

One of the men throttled her while the other gunman entered the main bedroom in the house and disrupted the 76-year-old shop owner who was asleep. There was a struggle and Charlie Groenewald was shot in the chest and died on the scene. The two robbers fled the scene.

Police said one of the robbers was wounded in the struggle. He was found dead about a kilometre from the shop with a gunshot wound in his stomach.

The other man was still at large.

Afriforum said more crimes were committed in the Boschkop and Cullinan areas in the past week and some were gang-related. He said Louis and Sandra Swanepoel of Mooiplaats, Boschkop, were killed on Friday.

Van Der Merwe said the bodies were found by their son. Police could not say how they were killed.

The Beeld reported that the woman had sustained a gunshot wound, and the man had no visible injuries.

Read more on:    police  |  afriforum  |  pretoria  |  crime
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
57 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
The best-kept secrets of electric cars

The secret day-to-day benefits of driving an electric car.

/News
 

Top 10 richest musicians of all time

Check out the gallery to find out who they are!

 
 

Luxury living

10 of the most expensive things that will leave your jaw hanging!
Seven of the most expensive children's toys ever made
5 millionaires turned murderers
The youngest billionaires in the world and how they made it
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency towards setting your expectations too high which will result in disappointment. Try not to let your thoughts...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.