Scrap dealers fuel crime wave in Pretoria

Businesses in Pretoria West are under siege from criminals – and owners say it is increasingly becoming impossible to trade in the area. The traders told the Pretoria News their businesses were constantly being broken into and various valuables stolen in the areas around Soutter and Buitenkant streets as well as the nearby Frederick, Servaas, Charlotte Maxeke, Carl and Court streets. They suspect these were sold to scrap dealers. The owners said this was not only bad for business, but they had employed numerous people who also had families whoRead More

Man shot dead in Pretoria for allegedly failing to stop at roadblock

A man believed to be in his thirties was killed on Friday morning after being shot at by a Tshwane metro police officer in Hatfield, Pretoria, Gauteng police said on Friday. – Were you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos. According to a statement released on the SA Police Service’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, the man was a meter taxi driver who tried to run over the officer during a roadblock near the corners of Grosvenor and Park streets around 09:30.

Tshwane launches city-wide crime safety app

After a months’ long incubation period, Project Namola is finally live in the City of Tshwane. The safety application went live and demonstrated faster response times for Metro Police vehicles in the Monument Park pilot in February 2015. “With Namola dispatch times take around 13 seconds – an 11 times improvement. All it takes is for a user to open the app, click the alert button and an officer to accept,” said Craig Rivett chief executive of implementing agent Happimo, a non-profit company.

Economist Dawie Roodt attacked at home in Pretoria security estate

Economist Dawie Roodt and his wife and children were attacked by four armed men in their home in a security estate in Pretoria East, AfriForum said on Friday. “He was seriously injured and is currently in the Intensive Care Unit of a Pretoria hospital. His wife was able to lock herself and their children in a room,” AfriForum said in a statement. “Mr Roodt obtained serious head wounds and his arm was seriously injured. His wife and children are unscathed, but terribly traumatised,” Ian Cameron, head of community safety atRead More

Black market opening up for generators – SAPS

In what seems to be a new trend, criminals in Pretoria are taking advantage of load-shedding – and stealing generators. Two suspects have now been nabbed for targeting businesses in the east of the capital. Police have warned a black market appears to be opening up for generators, as Eskom power-cuts bite. Click here for the full story and to watch the video Story

2 shot dead in Pretoria business robberies

The owner and manager of two separate Pretoria West businesses were shot dead shortly after each other in two business robberies on Monday. Netwerk24‘s George Germishuys reported on Tuesday that the modus operandi for the two robberies was exactly the same.

Serial killer on Pretoria streets

A serial killer, believed to be behind the rape and murder of at least 10 young girls, is on the loose in the capital city, Pretoria. A manhunt by a team of detectives is under way as fears mount that the body count could rapidly increase. Police started patching together evidence three weeks ago, linking the killings, thought to have started in 2004, after the discovery of a body in East Lynne, Pretoria.

R85m wasted on building

The Tshwane municipality and the Gauteng Department of Housing and Human Settlements have spent millions of rand of ratepayers’ money on a block of apartments that do not meet building requirements fit for people to live in. In one of the most glaring examples of how corruption and mismanagement in the city affects people desperate for housing, the municipality and the province paid more than R85 million for 104 units that are less than 50m2 each. This means one unit, which is smaller than an average flat in Sunnyside, wasRead More

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