Reaction Unit SA crime report

2018-10-25 06:01


A Somalian national was killed during a business robbery in Mhlasini in Everest Heights, Verulam.

At approximately 7.53 pm on Monday, October 8, members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) were dispatched to the tuck shop situated in an informal settlement after receiving several calls regarding a shooting.

Upon arrival, reaction officers found the victim behind the counter. He had been shot once and had sustained a large gaping wound to his head. Medics assessed the man and found that he had been fatally injured in the shooting and died at the scene.

According to an employee of the store, she noticed three men enter the business. One suspect was armed with a rifle or shot gun while a second suspect was armed with a knife. The woman hid in the store when the suspect shot the victim without warning through a security gate. They then stole an undisclosed amount of cash before they fled the scene. It could not be established if the suspects fled on foot or if they had a getaway vehicle parked in the vicinity.

The deceased was employed by his brother who owns five other tuck shops and supermarkets in the Verulam area.

A case of murder is being investigated.


A 37-year-old man was killed after he fell several metres while trimming a tree at a block of flats on Park Avenue in Desinagar, Tongaat.

At approximately 11.32 am on Tuesday, October 9, members of Rusa were called out to the scene after receiving a call from a member of public reporting the incident.

Upon arrival, the man was found lying face down on the ground. He had sustained a massive wound to his head. Medics from a private ambulance service assessed the individual and found that he showed no signs of life.

It is alleged that the deceased was picked up on the roadside by a man running a tree felling and garden service business.

They proceeded to the block of flats and were in the process of trimming the branch of a large tree when the branch broke, resulting in him falling several metres to his death.

Police are investigating further.


A housebreaking suspect who broke into a home in Waterloo over the weekend was arrested after the homeowner identified him by a pair of shoes left at the crime scene.

A member of Rusa was stopped on Wick Street, Verulam, at approx 4.15 pm on Tuesday by a group of men who had apprehended the suspect.

According to the homeowner, the suspect had fled his residence with an Acer Laptop and an iPad. A pair of shoes that was left behind was recognised as belonging to a known housebreaking suspect residing in the same area.

The homeowner then found the suspect, who pointed out the iPad that was lying in a dense bush. According to the suspect, he had discarded the iPad after it had fallen and the screen had cracked. The Acer laptop was recovered at a pawn shop in the CBD. The equipment was pawned for R350.


An intoxicated man was arrested by members of Rusa after he discharged his firearm in a bar on Todd Street in Verulam last Wednesday.

At approximately 9.28 pm, reaction officers were called out to the premises after receiving a call from an employee of the bar reporting shots being fired.

Upon arrival, Rusa officers were informed that, during an argument with his girlfriend, the man had drawn his firearm and fired two shots. The suspect was still on the premises and was pointed out to officers.

When approached, the suspect became defensive. Reaction Officers managed to restrain him and, upon searching him, recovered the firearm used in the shooting. Two 9mm spent cartridges were recovered at the scene. His girlfriend, who was also intoxicated, and other patrons in the bar were not injured.

The suspect was handed over to police for further investigation.


Two people were injured after the vehicle they were travelling in overturned on the R102 between the Verulam and Ottawa intersection last Friday.

At approximately 3.42 pm, members of Rusa were dispatched to the scene after receiving multiple calls from passing motorists reporting the accident.

Upon arrival, two occupants of a VW Golf were being treated for serious injuries by medics from a private ambulance service.

It is alleged that the VW Golf was travelling south on the R102 when the driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a metal barrier separating the north and south bound lane. The vehicle then overturned and both driver and passenger were ejected from the car.

Traffic was delayed due to one lane of the road being closed. Debris from the extensively damaged vehicle was strewn across the north bound lane.

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