Reaction Unit SA crime report

2017-07-20 06:01


At approximately 10.30am on Monday, July 3, members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) were dispatched to Moodley Lane in Oaklands, Verulam after receiving reports of a business on fire.

Upon arrival it was established that unknown individuals had
started a fire on an adjacent property.
The fire then spread to the scrap metal business and the dense bush surrounding the property.
The eThekwini Fire and Emergency Services were on scene to extinguishing the blaze.


A 22-year-old Somalian businessman was killed and two other
people, including a 10-year-old boy, were injured during a robbery at a tuck shop in an informal settlement in Everest Heights, Verulam on Tuesday, July 4.

At approximately 1.30pm members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to a liquor store on Himalaya Drive after receiving a call from an individual requesting assistance for a man who had been shot in the arm.

Upon arrival it was established that a 29-year-old Pakistani national was delivering fresh produce in the informal settlement when he noticed two men armed with pistols approaching his bakkie.

The victim drove off resulting in the suspects opening fire at his vehicle.
One bullet struck him on his arm.
The man then drove to the business on Himalaya Drive for assistance.

While on scene reaction officers and members of the South African Police received information that a second person had been shot at a tuck shop within the informal settlement.
Upon arrival the Somalian
businessman was found to have sustained a single gunshot wound to his chest.
The victim showed no signs of life and was declared dead on arrival by paramedics.

It was established that two suspects in a blue Toyota Quest approached the businessman while he was off-loading stock from the back of his bakkie.
The suspects drew firearms and instructed the deceased to hand over his cash and valuables.
The victim grabbed a metal pole and attempted to fight off the suspects when he was shot.
A 10-year-old boy suffered a head injury after he was struck by the metal pole during the altercation.

The suspects then approached the Pakistani’s bakkie, which was parked further up the road and shot the driver.
The motive for the second shooting is yet to be established


At approximately 5.30pm  on Tuesday, July 4, members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to Cottonwood Road in Trenance
Park, Verulam after receiving reports of a building on fire.

Upon arrival a storage shed built out of metal sheeting and wood was found completely engulfed in flames.
With the use of a garden hose, a resident from the home doused the fire to prevent it from spreading to the main building.
The eThekwini Fire and Emergency Services arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze.
The shed and its contents which consisted of clothing, garden tools and cooking utensils were completely destroyed in the fire.

Circumstances surrounding the blaze have not been established at this stage.


A Shakaskraal resident was injured after he was robbed and thrown out of a moving train in Verulam on Wednesday, June 5.

At approximately 1.30pm members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call from a member of public stating that a man was hanging by his jacket from the Canelands Bridge.

Upon arrival it was established that the victim was travelling by train from Durban to Shakaskraal when he was approached by unknown individuals who robbed him off his shoes.
The suspects then threw him out of the moving train as they
were about to cross the Canelands bridge.

The victim's jacket got hooked on the bridge resulting in him hanging several metres above the ground below.
Members of the public who saw the man went to his aid and lifted him back into the bridge.

The victim sustained moderate injuries and was treated on scene by paramedics before being transported to hospital.


A three-year-old girl has died after she was burnt beyond recognition in a shack fire in Parkgate, Verulam on Thursday, f July 6.

At approximately 6.30am
members of Reaction Unit South Africa were called out to the scene by residents in the area reporting a fire.

Upon arrival a shack, which was built next to a low cost house, was found completely burnt out.
The charred body of the child was found among the debris.

It was established that the girl was asleep in the shack when her aunt decided to go into the main building to have a bath.
Members of the public who
were walking past the home noticed the shack engulfed in flames and attempted to extinguish the blaze with buckets of water.

It could not be established if the fire was caused by a burning candle or a faulty electrical connection which was supplied from the main building.

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