RUSA round up

2017-03-23 06:03

Business robbery: Tongaat

At approximately 12:57pm on Saturday 4 March members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to Gopalall Hurbans Road after being alerted to a business robbery which had occurred at a clothing store.

Upon arrival it was established that four armed suspects had entered the business and held up staff. The suspects forced an employee to open the safe before stealing and undisclosed amount of cash and cellphones.
The armed men then fled the store. It could not be established if the suspects fled on foot or if they had a getaway vehicle parked in the vicinity.

No one was injured during the robbery.

Vehicle overturns: King Shaka International Airport

Nine employees of a landscaping business were injured after the vehicle they were travelling in overturned near King Shaka International Airport.

At approximately 2pm on March 6 members of Reaction Unit SouthAfrica were dispatched to the scene after receiving several calls from the public reporting the incident. Upon arrival several private ambulances were on scene.
Nine people were treated for minor to moderate injuries before being transported to hospital.

It is alleged that while travelling in the vicinity of the airport the brakes on the Hyundai H100 bakkie failed. In an attempt to stop the vehicle the driver climbed the pavement causing the bakkie to overturn and the occupants seated at the back to be ejected from the vehicle. Passing motorists managed to turn the bakkie over and free the driver and the front-seat passenger.

The driver of the bakkie was not injured.


Cyclist injured in accident: Verulam

At approximately 7.40am on March 7 members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the corner of Himalaya Drive and Darjeeling Road in Everest Heights - Verulam after receiving reports of a cyclist being knocked down.

Upon arrival it was established that while travelling down

Himalaya Drive
the cyclist attempted to avoid a stationary vehicle before climbing the pavement and knocking into a metal Telkom box.
The 28-year-old cyclist suffered moderate injuries and was treated on scene before being transported to hospital.
The driver of the vehicle did not stop on scene.

Car guards implicated in theft: Verulam

Members of Reaction Unit SouthAfrica have responded to several calls from the public in recent weeks regarding the theft of cell phones, wallets and tablets in the Verulam CBD.

After reaction officers viewed camera footage from a shop on

Todd Street
- Verulam, it was confirmed that a pair of car guards were robbing motorist of their valuables. In the video, a car guard (colored male) can be seen directing a female driver out of the parking lot. While the driver looked out of the right window whilst reversing her vehicle, a second guard (Indian male) reaches into her left front passenger window and removes her phone. The car guards were identified and items recovered by reaction officers. The suspects were not arrested as the victims decided against opening a criminal case.

It several other cases, where video footage was not available, motorists confirmed that car guards had assisted them with loading their groceries into their vehicles before their wallets or mobile phones were stolen.

Body recovered at Hazelmere Dam: Verulam

The body of an unknown African male was found floating at the Hazelmere Dam in Verulam on the afternoon of the March 12.

At approximately 5:30pm members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the dam after receiving a call from a member of public reporting the incident.
Policeman from the K9 Search and Rescue were called out to the scene and upon arrival recovered the deceased's body. Circumstances leading to the man's death is subject to investigation. His identity has also not been established at this stage.










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