New crime trend! Cops say wi-fi detectors used to steal cellphones, laptops from cars

Pretoria - Police believe they have uncovered the reason behind the high number of theft of cellphones and laptops out of cars in the city and anywhere else across the country. Spokesperson Captain Collett Weilbach said criminals were using increasingly sophisticated, directional wi-fi detectors to home in on the laptop or cellphone. This could detect the gadgets from where they had been hidden, be it under the seat of the car or in the boot. Weilbach urged members of the public, particularly motorists, to turn off the wi-fi of laptops and cellphones to avoid opening an invitation to thieves. Police in the Brooklyn area, largely populated by students, as well as Sunnyside and the CBD have reported on an increase in the number of laptops stolen out of motor vehicles. “I parked my car and walked to a restaurant, and all was well. On my return about two hours later, I noticed that one of the rear windows had been smashed. "I checked under the driver’s seat where …
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Pa van twee veg vir sy lewe na 6 skote hom tref tydens huisinbraak

Jan Schoeman ’n pa van twee, veg vir sy lewe in die intensiewe-sorgeenheid van Netcare Montana hospitaal na rowers hom ses keer geskiet het tydens ’n huisbraak in Pretoria-Noord.  Twee verdagtes het van die skiettoeneel gevlug,  met slegs die gesin se TV en ’n skoolsak in hul besit.  Die aanval vorm deel van die terreur wat tans daagliks teen inwoners, feitlik almal blank, in die land gevoer word. Wat veronderstel was om ’n normale weeksdag vir die Schoeman-gesin moes wees, het ontaard in ’n nagmerrie toe rowers vroegoggend by hul woning ingebreek het.  Schoeman se vrou vertel dat sy besig was in die  kombuis,  toe sy ’n slag hoor van ’n venster wat breek.  Schoeman het ondersoek kom instel en hom vasgeloop in die rowers waartydens ’n struweling ontstaan en skote afgevuur is.  Sy vertel haar man is per ambulans hospitaal toe geneem, waar hy onder sedasie geplaas is, sy toestand is kritiek.  Polisiewoordvoerder Kaptein Matthews Nkoadi het bevestig dat ’n saak van poging tot m…
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Plot robberies, rape on the rise in the Pretoria North – communities asked to beef up their security

A spate of crimes are being committed on plots in Pretoria North, particularly house robberies and rape. “Criminals are now going to the extent of stealing solar panels from the roofs of houses.” This is according to police spokesperson Captain Matthews Nkoadi. He explained the perpetrators were usually in groups of two or three wearing balaclavas and wielding guns. “We urge communities in that area to up their security and inform us of any suspicious activities,” Nkoadi said. Other popular crimes he identified included robberies of hair salons, taxis and buses. “Criminals are now going to the extent of stealing solar panels from the roofs of houses,” he said. Other forms of crime in Pretoria North seem to be on the decrease. Nkoadi also said students in other parts of Pretoria were still being targeted by false prophets who were roaming the streets. “We urge our students to please be more clever than these people,” he said. He added that most robberi…
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Pretoria’s homeless people targeted by ‘Serial killer’ – bodies of three victims found over period of twee weeks

A serial killer may be on the loose in Pretoria, targeting homeless people sleeping in parks in the city. According to eNCA, three homeless men have been murdered in the same manner in the past two weeks. The station reported that the latest body was found on Tuesday at the Magnolia Dell Park in Muckleneuk. Another body was reportedly found in the same park, while the body of a third victim was found close to the park two weeks ago, according to Pretoria News. All victims were reportedly killed in their sleep. They were stabbed and hit by a blunt object, according to eNCA. Around 6 000 people in Pretoria are reportedly considered homeless. According to a representative of an NGO who works closely with homeless people in the city, more homeless people have reported being attacked in a similar way, but managed to escape. Lucky escape "They've been reporting violence towards them. We spoke to a guy three weeks ago who was sleeping when he was stabbed. He w…
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It’s all systems go for Atteridgeville R1.2bn Capital Mall

The much-anticipated R1.2 billion Capital Mall in Atteridgeville will go ahead despite efforts to halt its construction on the basis that it would “cannibalize” smaller shopping centres in the vicinity. MMC for Economic Development and Spatial Planning Isak Pietersen said the City of Tshwane's Appeals Tribunal successfully intervened in the impasse, which threatened to block the development. The legal wrangling was between the developer, McCormick Property Development, and Safari Investments, over the threats posed by the new mall on the existing shopping centres. Pietersen said the complaint was overturned on the basis that it lacked substance and went against the spirit of competition permitted in business. He said the mall construction was an example of what the City wanted to do by creating a conducive economic environment for job creation. “The aim of the City is to make sure we create those jobs and this is going to make sure that we create jobs,” he said.…
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Father of two was shot six times in a home invasion incident in north of Pretoria

A father of two in the north of Pretoria was in a critical condition after he was shot six times in a home invasion. “It’s so surreal. I cannot believe my husband Jan is in ICU and fighting for his life,” Lorna Schoeman told Rekord. A normal weekday for the Schoeman family in Great Dane Street in Hesteapark turned into a nightmare when two men suddenly entered their home at around 04:50. Schoeman said she was in the kitchen preparing their children’s school lunches when she heard a window break. “Something was thrown through the window, and the next moment there were two unknown men in our house.” A struggle ensued between her husband Jan, who had just woken up, and the attackers in the hallway. “The next moment the gunshots were fired,” said Schoeman. Schoeman said Jan was rushed to the Netcare Montana Hospital. “The bullets did a lot of damage. I just want my husband to recover; there is still a long road ahead as he is in critical condition.” The c…
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AfriForum onthul skokkende nuus: 56 wit skoolmeisies weens ras uit Gauteng-netbalspanne gelaat

Die burgerregteorganisasie AfriForum het in Pretoria bekend gemaak dat dié organisasie die keurders vir die Gautengse o.12- tot o.18-skolespanne se puntestate bekom het. Dié puntestate bewys dat 56 wit meisies, wat volgens die keurders se beoordeling op meriete vir die spanne gekies moes word, egter weens hul ras uit die spanne gelaat is. AfriForum het reeds namens 12 van die benadeelde meisies se ouers amptelike klagtes by Netbal Suid-Afrika (NSA), Suid-Afrikaanse Skolenetbal (SASN) en Gauteng Skolenetbal (GSN) ingedien. Dié klagtes eis onder meer dat rassekwotas afgeskaf moet word en dat die benadeelde meisies skriftelik erkenning van GSN moet kry dat hulle wél op meriete gekies moes word. (Die volledige klag en die keurders se puntestate word hierby aangeheg.) AfriForum en die ouers het in hul klagtes aan die bogenoemde netbalinstellings aangedui dat, sou daar nie binne 14 dae aan hul eise voldoen word nie, ’n amptelike klag van rassediskriminsaie teen NSA by die I…
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Gerugte doen die rondte dat 5 DA lede slegs op die stadsraad van Pretoria dien weens hul skelmstreke met nominasies

Van die sowat 93 lede van die DA wat dien in die stadsraad van Pretoria, is da blykbaar 5 lede wat onwettig op die raad is weens bedrog met nominasies. Die vyf lede kan uitgeskakel word indien die beskuldigings teen hulle bewys word en hulle skuldig bevind sou word. Die party se federale regskommissie ondersoek glo die aangeleentheid, en indien bevind word dat die vyf lede nie korrek genomineer is nie, sal hulle as onwettige indringers beskou word. John Moodey, ’n provinsiale leier van die linkse party het bevestig dat ondersoek na die vyf persone se nominasies gedoen word. Politieke waarnemers sê dit sal goed gemoniteer word of die vyf lede, wanneer hulle moontlik skuldig bewys word, die aansienlike bedrae wat hulle wederregtelik ontvang het, gaan terugbetaal. -Die Vryburger Hierdie berig weerspieël nie noodwendig die mening van SAUK-nuus nie.
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Two more suspects arrested in connection with Mamelodi pre-school robbery

Gauteng police have arrested two more suspects in connection with the robbery of international students at a pre-school in Mamelodi East, Pretoria, earlier this month. According to police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, one of the suspects was arrested in Limpopo on Friday while the other was caught in Mpumalanga on Saturday. Eighteen students and two professors from the US, who were on an outreach visit at the Viva Foundation School in Mamelodi East, were attacked and robbed by five armed suspects two weeks ago. Service Maimela, 30, was arrested a few days later at the Pienaarspoort informal settlement in Mamelodi East. He appeared in the Mamelodi Magistrate's Court last Monday on charges of robbery, attempted murder and assault. The matter was postponed to Monday, May 27 for further investigations, said Peters. Peters said the police were still processing the dockets of the two additional suspects, adding that they were most likely to appear in co…
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Tshwane Metro Police Department officers pounce on robbery suspects

Pretoria - Tshwane Metro Police Department officers on Sunday arrested three men for possession of a car that was taken during a house robbery in Limpopo about two weeks ago. The arrests were made in Barnett and Hilda streets in Hatfield at about 11am. The suspects had been on the run after committing another crime on Saturday. Metro Police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said the vehicle's original number plate had been replaced. The suspects, aged 24, 32 and 37, are facing charges of house robbery, attempted murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, as well as possession of a hijacked motor vehicle. Mahamba said two charges were opened in Limpopo and the others yesterday in Pretoria. “Between May 18 and 19, three suspects went to a house in Limpopo and committed house robbery and took a VW bakkie, a firearm, R4000 and bank cards and went to withdraw R5000 from the victim's account. “On Saturday night they went to a pub in L…
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