Reaction Unit SA crime report

2018-10-04 06:01


Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) is requesting assistance from the public in an attempt to locate a 100-year-old gold chain and pendant taken during a house break-in at a home in Oakbridge Drive, Oaklands.

The jewellery, which was passed down for four generations and holds sentimental value, was taken on Monday between 10 am and 2 pm while the family was attending a prayer at a temple. Other jewellery and valuables to the value of R250 000 and R5 500 in cash were also taken. The homeowner’s medication for diabetes and thyroid treatment was also stolen by the suspects.

Entry to the property was gained via the main gate, that was forced apart, and the suspects used a 20 litre paint bucket to reach the kitchen window, which was broken with an unknown object. Only one bedroom was ransacked.

If you have any information on these missing items or the suspects call Rusa at 086 123 4333.


A 47-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man have been arrested by the South African Police for defeating the ends of justice relating to a hijacking that allegedly occurred whilst they were engaging in sexual activity in a sugarcane field on September 13.

Rusa was called out to the scene of a hijacking last Thursday at 6.48 pm. Upon arrival at a sugarcane plantation between Tongaat and Verulam, reaction officers met a female victim. During an interview with officers, she confirmed that she was engaged in sexual activity with an Indian male who had been hijacked of his Toyota Tazz by a suspect with a knobkerrie. The woman confirmed that she did not know the Indian male and had met him at a supermarket and, during a conversation, she was offered money for sex. She agreed on a price and accompanied him to a deserted location.

Whilst reaction officers were on scene, the driver of the Toyota Tazz returned to the sugarcane plantation and informed officers that he owned the hijacked car.

He initially denied knowing the female but eventually confirmed that he was hijacked while having sex with her in the field. The scene was handed over to SAPS Tongaat.

The victims then reported the matter to the police as two separate and unrelated incidents. The woman claimed that she was raped in Cottonlands a day later by an unknown suspect. The male reported a case of hijacking four days later on Old Main Road, Tongaat.

Detectives became suspicious after reading about the incident on the Rusa Facebook page. The station commander at SAPS Verulam made contact with Rusa management and confirmed that the interviews with both victims were captured on a vehicle dash cam near the sugarcane field. Two telephone calls reporting the incident to the operations centre were also voice recorded and the response vehicle tracking system showed the exact location of the incident. The date and time recorded in the Rusa Occurrence Book (OB) did not match details provided by the victims. A third voice recording of the Indian male victim requesting assistance to cover up the incident was also recorded on the phone management system. Both victims were arrested and detained.


Two people were injured after the bakkie they were travelling in crashed into a truck on Todd Street in the Verulam CBD last Thursday.

At approximately 8.25 pm, members of Rusa were called out to the scene by passing motorists. Upon arrival, a VW Caddy was found to have collided into the side of a DSW truck that was allegedly attempting to make a u-turn. The occupants of the bakkie, aged 26 and 24, sustained moderate injuries and were transported to Osindisweni Hospital by ambulance. The occupants of the truck were not injured in the accident.


Thirteen people were injured following a collision involving two taxis on the corner of Oaklands Drive and Todd Street in Oaklands, Verulam last Friday.

At approximately 5.26 pm, members of Rusa were called out to the scene by passing motorists requesting assistance for the injured.

Upon arrival it was established that a fully loaded Toyota Hiace taxi that was travelling towards Redcliffe collided into a Toyota Quantum taxi that exited Oaklands Drive. Thirteen passengers from both vehicles sustained mild to moderate injuries. They were treated on scene before being transported to Osindisweni Hospital.


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