Reaction Unit SA crime report

2018-02-22 06:01


Members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) were dispatched to a business premises on Todd Street in Verulam after receiving reports of a vehicle on fire on Sunday, February 4.

Upon arrival it was established that the Mercedes Benz was a non-running vehicle and was stripped of its parts. The shell of the vehicle was lying outside when it suddenly caught alight this morning. The Ethekwini Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze.

Circumstances surrounding the fire have not been established at this stage, however, arson is suspected.


At approximately 2:51 pm on Monday, February 5, members of Rusa were called out to Sapphire Road in Everest Heights, Verulam, after receiving reports of a motor vehicle accident.

Upon arrival it was established that the driver of a Ford Courier tow-truck was returning from a garage after purchasing fuel in a plastic container. The storage container did not have a cap. As the vehicle cornered a bend on Sapphire Road, the container overturned and the fuel started to spill. The driver attempted to grab the container. However, in the process lost sight of the road and collided into the bridge.

The driver was not injured. However, the vehicle was extensively damaged.


A 38-year-old woman was apprehended for the theft of 65 Kit Kat chocolates and a school bag at a store on Wick Street in the Verulam CBD on Tuesday, February 6.

Members of Rusa were called out to the business and upon arrival found the suspect in possession of a pink school bag which contained the stolen chocolates.

During an interview, the Ndwedwe resident confirmed that she had removed two boxes of the chocolates from a shelf near the entrance of the store and proceeded to a quieter isle where she loaded the chocolates into a school bag which she had also stolen.

As she exited the business she was apprehended by one of the staff. The suspect informed officers that the stolen chocolates, which sell for R10 at the store , were going to be sold at the Verulam taxi rank for half the price. The woman is believed to be part of a shop-lifting syndicate and has been arrested on several occasions by reaction officers for the theft of chocolates.

The suspect is being exposed as she is a habitual criminal and is not deterred by arrest and detention.


At approximately 9:22pm on the night of February 7, members of Rusa were called to the R102 in the vicinity of King Shaka International Airport after receiving multiple calls from the public reporting a motor vehicle collision.

Upon arrival it was established that a Toyota Tazz was travelling on the R102 in the direction of Verulam when it collided into a VW Polo that was exiting the M65. The VW Polo was found in a ditch along the roadside. The 44-year-old driver of the Toyota Tazz sustained a head injury while the occupants of the VW Polo were also injured.

They were treated on scene by paramedics from private ambulance services before being transported to Victoria Hospital.


A 48-year-old woman suffered minor injuries after she crashed her vehicle into a ditch on Valley View Drive in Riyadh, Verulam, on Thursday, February 8.

At approximately 7:46 am members of Rusa were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call from a resident in the area reporting the incident. Upon arrival reaction officers found a grey Volvo in a ditch along the road. According to the driver, she was travelling along Valley View Drive when she noticed several individuals on the road.

She assumed that they were going to hijack her and veered off the road before crashing into the ditch. The driver was disorientated from the accident, however, she did not desire medical attention.

Reaction officers patrolled the area. However, they could not locate the individuals who allegedly blocked the driver’s path of travel.


A pedestrian had been killed after he was run over on the south-bound lane of the R102 near Ottawa on Friday, February 9.

At approximately 5:10pm members of Rusa were called out to the scene after receiving multiple calls from motorists reporting the incident. Upon arrival paramedics found the pedestrian lying in the centre median.

He was fatally injured in the accident and died at the scene.

It is alleged that the pedestrian attempted to run across the road when he was run over.

The Toyota Tazz spun out of control and also landed in the centre median. The deceased has not been identified at this stage.

The driver of the Toyota Tazz was not injured.

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