3 New Year's eve murders in Gauteng

2016-01-01 14:30
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Johannesburg - Three people were murdered in Gauteng on New Year’s Eve, police said on Friday.

“Two were shot and one stabbed to death,” said Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

The killings took place in informal settlements in Primrose, Bekkersdal, and Roodepoort on Thursday night. No arrests had been made and investigations were ongoing.

Also on Thursday night, a man walking on the R501 towards Carletonville was knocked over. Two other motorists then drove over him.

ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said he was severely injured and died on the scene.

Dlamini said in Sunnyside, Pretoria, on New Year's Eve, 44 people were arrested for crimes related to drugs, liquor, drunken driving, and possession of stolen property.

In the traditional hot spot areas of Hillbrow and Joubert Park in Johannesburg, police raided buildings and conducted roadblocks. Four people were arrested for drug-related offences. Seven people were arrested in Randfontein for driving under the influence. In Tarlton, two shebeens were shut down.

In central Durban, four firefighters were injured during the dramatic rescue of women and children from a burning building on Joe Slovo Street on New Year's Eve. One of the floors was engulfed in flames, said Bodasing.

Three of the firefighters sustained moderate burn wounds and another was overcome by heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation. Their colleagues pressed on and found a woman with a toddler and a baby trapped in the building. Another woman and a child were trapped on the roof and were brought to safety.

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk said Cape Town was quiet in terms of crime on Thursday night.

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