Reaction Unit SA crime report

2018-10-18 06:03


A house on Casper Crescent in Trenance Park, Verulam was extensively damaged in a fire on Tuesday, October 2.

At approximately 6.59 am members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) were called out to the residence by the public reporting the fire. Upon arrival reaction officers found one bedroom engulfed in flames. With the use of garden hoses, officers confined the fire to one part of the house. The blaze was extinguished by firemen who arrived at the scene a short while later.

According to a neighbour, they noticed smoke emanating from one of the bedrooms. They managed to wake up three males, who were asleep in the house while their mother was at work. Upon investigating they noticed their mother’s room on fire. They then contacted Rusa for assistance. No one was injured in the fire.

The cause of the fire is said to be an electrical fault however this is yet to be confirmed.


A panel beating business was extensively damaged during a fire on Wick Street in the Verulam CBD last Thursday.

At approximately 8.16 pm members of Rusa were called out to the scene by the public reporting the fire. Upon arrival reaction officers found a garage door leading into the premises bent inwards. The premises, which was situated at the back of a service station, contained flammable chemicals and was engulfed in flames. Fireman from eThekwini Fire and Rescue arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire.

It is alleged that the business was broken into and set alight however this is yet to be confirmed.


One person was killed and three others injured following a collision at the Canelands intersection on the R102 in Verulam.

At approximately 6.41 pm on Friday, members of Rusa were called out to the scene by passing motorists reporting the incident. Upon arrival, reaction officers found that an Opel Corsa bakkie and a Chev Utility bakkie were involved in the collision.

The two occupants of the Opel Corsa bakkie were intoxicated and bottles of alcohol were found in their vehicle.

The driver confirmed that he had consumed three quarts of beer. The passenger suffered extensive injuries and died shortly after arriving at Osindisweni Hospital. The two occupants of the Chev Utility bakkie sustained moderate injuries and were also transported to hospital.

It is alleged that the Chev Utility bakkie was travelling towards Tongaat when the Opel Corsa bakkie, which was travelling in the opposite direction, turned into Vincent Dickenson Road. The Opel Corsa bakkie allegedly drove through a red robot. Police are investigating the collision further.


A 35-year-old man was injured after the bakkie he was travelling in overturned on the south bound lane of the R102 between the Verulam and Canelands intersection on Saturday morning.

At approximately 6.47 pm members of Rusa were called out to the scene by a passing motorist reporting the accident.

Upon arrival a Mazda bakkie was found lying on its side. According to the driver, he was travelling to Isithebe in northern KZN when the trailer he was towing became unstable, causing him to lose control of the bakkie and overturn.

He suffered moderate injuries in the accident and was transported to Umhlanga Hospital by ambulance.


At approximately 12.54 pm on Saturday members of Rusa were called out to the corner of Moss and Garden Street in Grange, Verulam, after receiving reports of a motor vehicle collision.

Upon arrival it was established that a Mercedes Benz A160 was travelling on Moss Street when it first knocked into a VW Jetta before it left the road and crashed into a tree. The occupants of both vehicles were not injured and did not require medical attention. The Mercedes Benz was extensively damaged.

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