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2016-01-26 06:00


A STILL-born baby was found at the bus rank in Hill Street, Pinetown last week.

The person who found the baby alerted the police and a patrol van was dispatched to the scene.

Spokesperson of Pinetown SAPS Warrant Officer B Manqele said: “The baby was wrapped with a black plastic and was placed inside a bucket. Inside the bucket there was also a red bag and a pair of scissors. It is suspected that the baby was aborted and was about nine months.”

Police are appealing to anyone who may have information regarding the whereabouts of the mother to contact the investigating officer, Detective Warrant officer Chippie Van Den Heever on 031 325 5054.

Members of the public may also contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.


Police in the eThekwini Inner and Outer West Region would like to urge the public to keep records of their valuable items.

During the cases of robberies, house robberies and house breakings items such as cellphones, house appliances and jewellery are taken by criminals.

Owners of cellphones are requested to keep records of ‘immei’ numbers as well as serial numbers for house appliances.

Jewellery owners should keep photos of their jewellery.

This could speed up the investigation of the above cases and the suspects can be easily even if they have sold the goods to the pawn shops.


Hillcrest police arrested a 23-year-old man for rape at KwaNgcolosi reserve last week.

According to police spokesperson the incident occurred on 25 August 2015.

“It is alleged that on Tuesday 25 August 2015 at about 5pm, the 11-year-old victim was on her way to the shop to buy electricity when she was approached by the suspect who is known to the her.

“The suspect [asked if they could] talk and the victim told the suspect that she was in a hurry and she proceeded to the shop.

“On her way back from the shop she was grabbed by the suspect and taken to the nearby bushes and the victim screamed. The suspect told the victim that he was going to kill her if she continued making a noise and he threatened the victim with a nail clipper.

“ He then instructed the victim to take off her clothes. When the victim refused, he took off the clothing and he raped her. He then fled the scene and left the victim in the bush,” said the policeman.

The case of rape was reported to Hillcrest police station for further investigations and the docket was allocated to FCS unit in Pinetown to take over with the investigations.

“The suspect was on the run since he committed the crime not knowing that the police are following him. The suspect will be charged and he will appear in Pinetown Magistrate’s Court soon,” added the spokesperson.

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