Four South African cities have been named among the world’s most dangerous places in a study released by the Mexico City-based Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. The rankings are based on the number of murders per 100,000 inhabitants during 2015 in cities with a population of more than 300,000. These cities were not in war zones and also had statistics available. Cities without proper stats were excluded.
If you are about to go online to look for festive season holiday accommodation, beware – cyberspace is teeming with adverts posted by fraudsters who have simply “lifted” photos and write-ups of guest houses and B&Bs from legitimate sites and posted them on free advertising websites as bait for the unwary. One of them, operating on the website OLX, is targeting dozens of upmarket guest houses in Durban and uMhlanga, using their material but brazenly undercutting their prices.
A R7.5 million contract to guard Durban’s International Convention Centre has ignited a battle between security companies, and a police investigation into the firm that won the tender. Some local security firms are up in arms over the award to a company that is facing a police probe into a claim of fraud for allegedly not paying all of its staff’s mandatory provident fund contributions. The eThekwini Municipality and the company against which the allegation has been levelled, Isidingo Security Services, have not responded to Daily News questions over theseRead More
At least 16 ANC councillors enjoy round-the-clock security – and the bill will cost Durban ratepayers about R18-million this financial year. After a 2011 recommendation by Africa Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to extend ward nominations to the public, elected councillors were given bodyguards. In some instances, Durban metro police officers have been guarding their homes at night.
Upper Highway residents are being besieged by violent gangs of house robbers whose brutal tactics of attack and torture have left a trail of 150 victims in their wake. The surge of crime in the area has seen private security companies and community safety forums struggling to quell the violence, as housebreakers sweep through the community gripped by crime. Statistics from private guarding firms paint a grim picture of crime-ridden suburbs in which residents fear for their lives.
A quiet evening of fine dining turned into a night of terror when a gang, some wielding AK-47s, stormed an upmarket Mount Edgecombe restaurant at the weekend robbing patrons and staff of their wallets, jewellery and cellphones. The Marco Paulo restaurant was about three-quarters full when the gang pulled up in cars on Saturday night. Restaurant co-owner Paul Sheppard was assaulted, but no shots were fired during the robbery. The men also had 9mm pistols and government-issue R5 assault rifles.
House robberies are wreaking havoc in Durban’s suburbs as the gate-crashing “five-minute” gangs make way for more aggressive and organised home invaders who hold residents hostage for hours, often terrorising them at gunpoint. The Upper Highway area is experiencing two to three armed robberies a day from Cowie’s Hill to Assagay, while Westville, Durban North and Umhlanga have also been hit. At first it appeared to be one gang of four or five members, but security professionals believe they could now be looking at others.