Another home invasion in crime-ravaged Westville

2015-07-17 09:27


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Durban - Armed robbers have struck again in crime-ravaged Westville, in the wake of the local community policing forum chair lifting the lid on the “crime crisis” in the leafy Durban suburb.

In the early hours of Friday morning, a group of four gunmen forced their way into a house in Blair Athol Drive.

A police source, with impeccable knowledge of the incident, said the gang had struck quickly and with resolve to force their way inside the home.

“They managed to get inside and while holding an elderly woman at gunpoint they took two laptops and a handgun which belonged to the home owner. They also stole a car from the resident,” he said.

“This is getting ridiculous now,” he added, referring to a spate of violent home invasions in the suburb.


Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane confirmed that the woman, 63, had woken to find four men in her home. During the course of the robbery, the woman was pistol-whipped.

"The victim sustained slight injuries on her forehead and was treated on the scene by paramedics. A case of house robbery was opened at Westville SAPS for investigation and no arrests have been made," he said.

CPF leader Mike Myers on Thursday broke rank and lifted the lid on an under-resourced police force with low morale, bound to a station which has been "crippled by a leadership vacuum".

Speaking to News24, Myers said the murder of Yashin Bagwandeen on Tuesday had been the crest of a crime wave which was sweeping over one of the city’s most sought after areas.

Bagwandeen, also an active member of the community policing effort, died in a hail of bullets trying to protect his family when gunmen conned their way onto his property, posing as potential customers.

His murderers remain at large. 

Zwane was approached for comment on the matters pertaining to the station and the crime wave, but his response not available at the time of publishing.

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