Pretoria hijacking hotspots identified

With people getting ready for the upcoming holiday season, it is natural to be slightly more relaxed at this time of the year. Relaxation mode, however, might be the worst thing to do while behind the wheel during the holiday and festive season. Hijackings, common as they are, tend to happen more frequently during the festive season. Motorists in and around the city are required to be more vigilant at all times to avoid becoming a statistic. It is also advisable for motorists to familiarise themselves with hijacking hotspots. Compiled by the SAPS, various tracking companies and the South African crime intelligence bureau, Pro-ActiveSA made an all-in-one list of hijacking hotspot areas. Pro-ActiveSA said: “It will provide the reader with a visual overview of areas to be most aware of.” Areas and streets prone to hijacking occurrences include: – Es’kia Mphahlele Drive – Paul Kruger Street – R55 – Burnett Street – Delfi Avenue and Garsfontein Ro…
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KFC-voorval: Drie in hof

Drie mans van Pretoria wat daarvan beskuldig word dat hulle ʼn egpaar in Montana aangerand het, het Vrydag in die landdroshof in Pretoria-Noord verskyn. Landdros Motlhoki Rapulana het na die mans se aansoek om borgtog geluister en gesê sy het tyd nodig om die bewyse te bestudeer, voordat sy haar besluit op 30 Augustus bekend sal maak. Staatsaanklaer Ronnie Sibanda voer aan die mans moet nie vrygelaat word nie, aangesien hul veiligheid nie gewaarborg is nie en ʼn gevoel van vrede in die gemeenskap ondermyn kan word. “Die aansoek om borgtog moet ook in die belang van die publiek wees, aangesien die voorval in die publieke arena plaasgevind het.” Stephan Nel (39), Joshua Scholtz (21) en Dicky Junior van Rooyen (21) staan tereg op aanklagte van poging tot moord, aanranding met die doel om ernstig te beseer en die rig van ʼn vuurwapen. Hul een medebeskuldigde, Marius Harding (23), het sy aansoek om borgtog laat vaar en nog ʼn beskuldigde, Ockert Muller (20), se aansoek om borgt…
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Pretoria Commuters get some relief as Taxis expected to operate normally

Tshwane commuters can expect some relief as taxis are expected to operate normally this morning. On Wednesday, operators blocked several roads causing massive delays while protesting to the Tshwane House to submit a memorandum to Mayor Solly Msimanga. Among the issues raised by the drivers is that traffic contravention tickets be scrapped. Taxis in the Tshwane area are expected to function without any hiccups at least for the next two weeks. The Democratic Taxi Workers Union of South Africa (Detwusa)’s Themba Maseko says the government is responsible for providing taxi infrastructure, including pick-ups and drop offs. He says drivers should not be fined for government’s failure. “Our demands are the scrapping of the traffic fines because those fines block our PDPs and driver’s licenses and we can’t drive passengers without our PDPs.” Maseko says the fines amount to hundreds of thousands of rands which prevent some drivers from renewing their public drivers’…
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Inwoner van Pretoria voor haar verloofde geskiet wyl hy video neem

Carine van Staden (28), ʼn inwoner van Pretoria, is Donderdag voor haar verloofde glo deur ʼn weermaglid in die noorde van die stad geskiet. Carine se pa, Johan van Staden (53), het Saterdag aan Maroela Media gesê sy dogter en haar verloofde, Johan Harmse (29), was omstreeks 18:00 van Daspoort op sy BMW-motorfiets op pad na vriende in Montana toe ʼn amptelike weermagvoertuig hulle naby Wonderboom Junction ligtelik getref het. “Die voertuig, ʼn wit Audi, het weermagnommerplate gehad en ons het intussen vasgestel die jong man wat dit bestuur het, is glo ʼn drywer vir een van die generaals,” het Van Staden gesê. “Die man het die motorfiets se voetrus getref waarop Carine se voete was en die man het toe net weggejaag,” het hy gesê. Harmse het ʼn draagbare videokamera aan sy valhelm gehad, dit aangeskakel en die voertuig agterna gesit. “Die verkeerslig by die hoek van Lavenderweg en Braam Pretoriusstraat was rooi en die man moes stilhou. Carine het afgeklim en hom genader o…
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Jong Pretoria verliefdes sterf saam in motorfiets ongeluk

Twee mense is dood en twee kritiek beseer toe ʼn motorfiets en ʼn Opel Kadett Saterdag in die vroeë oggendure in Pretoria gebots het. Xander Loubser, woordvoerder van Best Care-ambulansdienste, het Saterdag aan Maroela Media gesê die botsing het in Mootstraat in Daspoort in die weste van die stad plaasgevind. “Die oorsaak van die ongeluk is onbekend en word deur die polisie ondersoek. Twee mense wat op die motorfiets was, is op die toneel dood,” het Loubser gesê. Loubser kon nie dadelik hul ouderdomme bevestig nie, maar het wel gesê dat hulle ʼn jong man en vrou was. Loubser het gesê twee insittendes in die Opel het kritieke beserings opgedoen en hulle was in die voertuig vasgekeer. Hulle is na die Steve Biko-hospitaal geneem nadat hulle uit die motor se wrak gesny is. “ʼn Vrou, vermoedelik die bestuurder van die motor se ma is, het op die toneel inmekaargesak. Sy is ook na die hospitaal geneem aangesien sy beseer is toe sy geval het.” Loubser het die brandweer en an…
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Protesting Pretoria West residents clash with cops – still unclear what the protest was about

Pretoria – Close to a thousand protesting residents of Gomora informal settlement in Pretoria West have battled with police since the early hours of July 13, 2017 on Thursday morning. Police fired hails of rubber bullets, dozens of tear gas canisters, and stun grenades in a bid to keep the hostile protesters at bay. Protesters returned fire with slingshots and threw stones at police Nyalas and members of the Public Order Policing on the ground. They also chased after journalists, pelting them with stones. It was still unclear what the protest was about, but they called for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Paul Mashatile to address their issues. "We are going to kill you guys," a protester shouted. Several roads were blocked with burning tyres and stones. A police contact said that more than 1 000 protesters had caused "complete chaos" since the early hours of Thursday morning. 'We are fed up' Residents from Gomora have demanded that Mash…
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Dennis Haynes, vermis sedert 1986, word moontlik na 31 jaar opgespoor in Pretoria-Noord

ʼn Man van Bloemfontein wat in Februarie 1986 spoorloos verdwyn het, is moontlik ná 31 jaar in Pretoria opgespoor. Dennis Haynes was 22 jaar oud toe hy van Bloemfontein na Roodepoort vertrek het vir ʼn werksgeleentheid. Sy vrou en eenjarige dogtertjie het in Bloemfontein agtergebly. Dennis het egter nooit teruggekeer nie en sy familie kon hom nie in die hande kry nie. Hy is as vermis by die polisie aangemeld, maar ʼn soektog na hom het niks opgelewer nie. Desireé Haynes, Dennis se suster, was baie jonk toe haar broer vermis geraak het. Sy het Vrydag aan Maroela Media gesê dat die familie mettertyd aanvaar het dat hy waarskynlik dood is. “ʼn Vriendin van my het ses weke terug besluit om bietjie te begin krap. Ons het nie gedink ons sal hom lewend opspoor nie, maar ons wou graag weet watndestyds met hom gebeur het,” het Desireé gesê. Desireé se vriendin het ʼn Facebook-blad begin waarop sy ʼn foto van hom geplaas het en gevra het dat enigiemand wat hom moontlik gesien het …
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Kleinfontein an Afrikaner settlement near Pretoria

Pretoria - The petrol station attendant warns me I am going to get killed in Kleinfontein. "Are you sure you want to go there?" he asks, looking concerned, after I stop to ask him for directions. According to my GPS, I am five minutes away from the settlement, an Afrikaner cultural community near Bronkhorstspruit. "Yoh my man, the white people are going to kill you there. You are not the right skin colour. They will stop you at the gate and won't even let you in." I tell him I am going to see for myself. As I approach the entrance, I am scared. Large white letters, "Ons God Ons Volk Ons Eie" (Our God Our People Our Own) are affixed to the grey wall next to the boom gate. What if the petrol attendant was right? Tense wait A skinny, mustachioed man wearing camouflage trousers, black boots and a khaki cap, and holding a clipboard and a pen, approaches me after I stop at the boom. He asks me in Afrikaans who I'm visiting. I identify myself and tell him I …
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Neighbourhood watch makes Garsfontein safer – Get involved in your neigbhourhood

If people do not get involved, Garscom can’t be sustainable. Pretoria east is the “wild wild west no more” following the efforts of Garscom, Chubb and the police. Vice chairperson of neighbourhood watch, Garscom, Herklaas Meyer attributed the decline in crime in the area to proactive action. He said the area north of Solomon Mahlangu Drive, west of Woodlands and south of Atterbury Road was now patrolled regularly by Garscom, Chubb and the police. “A proactive 24/7 action makes criminals uncomfortable,” said Meyer. Garsfontein Police spokesperson, Captain Ilze Jones confirmed that crime was now under control in this area. Meyer said Garscom’s aim going into the next year would be to get more people involved. “We want a larger community involvement to be established. We have appointed two women who goes from street to street arranging street meetings to get people involved. Every street also has a Whatsapp group. Existing community projects will go ahead. These projects inclu…
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This is when your home is most likely to be broken into in South Africa

Home robbery and housebreaking are among the most frightening and dangerous crimes to experience. It is frightening because it violates our private space and the one place that we think of as our sanctuary. According to the latest report released by Statistics South Africa, Exploring the extent of and circumstances surrounding housebreaking/burglary and home robbery, the general crime rate in terms of the proportion of households that experience crime has been declining during the last five years. This reality, however, has not quelled the growing perception that crime is on the increase in South Africa, the stats body said. Over 50% of all crimes experienced by households in South Africa in 2015/16 were housebreaking. Home robbery (11.9%) was the second most common type of crime experienced by South African households. Whites had the highest rates of victimisation compared to other groups both in 2011 and 2015/16. However, whites experienced the sharpest decline of househ…
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