Northdale crime nightmare

2013-03-25 00:00

THE residents of Muniredy Road in Northdale say they fear they have become prisoners in their own homes following a incidents of rape, robbery and burglary in recent months.

Vinaykumar Bisram (52) is lucky to be alive after being stabbed several times in the chest and back on Friday evening, only a few metres away from his home.

He was robbed of his cellphone, ID booklet and more than R1 600 in cash on the corner of Muniredy and Dhalia Roads. He was walking to a nearby tuckshop with his brother, Sagar, who fled in search of help.

The attacker ran away after they called for help.

Bisram was treated at Northdale Hospital and discharged on Saturday.

He is a motor mechanic and has lived in Northdale for 40 years. He told The Witness yesterday that his attacker was a thin, tall male with long curly hair.

“We want the community to know about what is going on here. They need to be aware,” said Bisram.

Another long-time resident, Devika Ramjan (54), told The Witness that there had been other incidents in Northdale recently, including a burglary at a neighbour’s home in February.

She said residents feel particularly unsafe following the rape of a young woman during a robbery at her Belfort home on February 21.

The perpetrators of those crimes were recently convicted and sentenced to imprisonment.

“Some residents are women who fear for their safety, even during daytime.

“The community is terrified. People are feeling scared … and they are in shock. We need the police to patrol this area. We are afraid to go out during the day. We are even afraid of hanging our clothing on the washing line.”

Ramjan said the neighbourhood was on high alert.

“We see unknown people sitting in a lane nearby and we feel like they are waiting to attack us.

I keep phoning my neighbour to check what is going on in the street,” she said.

Some residents allege that the attackers live in a nearby informal settlement.

The SA Police Service (SAPS) confirmed the incident of Friday evening, but did not offer further insights about crimes in the area.

Said spokesperson captain Thulani Zwane: “Mountain Rise SAPS are investigating a case of assault GBH [with grievous bodily harm] and no arrests have been made.

“We cannot confirm whether the suspect is from the nearby informal settlement since the case is still under investigation.”

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