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Arson and Theft

Crime Date: 16 April 2015
Reported Date: 25 April 2015

Arson and Theft

During the xenophobic riot near the Jeppestown Hostel on Thursday 23 April 2015 , our building at 44 Wolhuter st ,Jeppestown, was broken into and the goods on different floors set alight. There was extensive damage to the property as well the goods. Thereafter on the weekend the building was stripped of the steel doors, steel window frames, roller shutter and anything that could be sold for scrap. The building is completely open now. The people we suspect behind this crime is the nearby squatter camp residents who have been asking to rent our building but were refused on many occasions. They are now ready to hijack the building and build there shacks inside. We have a security company to safeguard the premises but I'm not sure how long they will manage to keep this criminal mob away. Anybody with any help or advice please let me know what I can do.

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Revenge Arson for serving justice

Location: CAPE TOWN
Crime Date: 22 February 2015
Reported Date: 23 February 2015

Revenge Arson for serving justice

We had a guest staying with us from our previous employer in johannesburg. Having worked with him for a year, when he asked to stay with us when he came to Cape Town for an interview we obliged. 

Needless to say, after 2 weeks he still hadn't left and informed us that he cannot  return to his job in Johannesburg and asked us to help him get a waiter job in Cape Town. As my husband is the Manager of a top-class restaurant at the waterfront we managed to get him a job, and i spent hours helping him learn the menu etc as he is Egyptian and Arab, thus struggled with English. 

After a week of tutoring he eventually got on the floor at the restaurant as a waiter on Monday 16 Feb. That night he stole another waiters wallet and committed Credit Card theft. As my husband was the manager on duty, hes duty included to get our "house guest" arrested. 

He was charged with Theft and transferred from the holding cells to Polsmoor. on Sunday morning i got his bail money and packed his belongings to take it to him as i want nothing more to do with him. 

after arriving at Polsmoor, a place neither of us are familiar with, we were informed that the office was closed and they cant help us until Monday

upon arriving home, still with all his belongings in our car, i saw him walking casually away with our bag over his shoulder. We got out to give him his stuff, while this was happening i looked up at our flat where flames where roaring out our top floor bedrooms. 

I ran up, as the police were apprehending him. Apparently he was bailed out Sunday morning. He came back to our flat to get his stuff (which was with us in the car on the way to him). 

He took all my husband and my clothes as well as all my 2 year old daughters belongings, piled them on our bed, set fire and put his matress on it to aggravate the flames. 

We got in to a house smoldering, as a few neighbors had noticed the smoke and saw him climbing in and out the flat window. 

We have lost everything we own, all my kids things.  is this revenge arson? 

The cops caught him running away, and put him in the van. surly a dangerous individual, with no one to vouch for him should not qualify for bail. I am scared for my life, and the safety of my daughter, as my husband is rarely home and we spend a lot of time alone at home. 

Please can you set my mind at ease with what will happen now. We have opened a case arson against him, and is being charged on Tuesday 24/02 

Am i safe? what do i do? with a loony who will set my bed on fire, i'm  struggling to feel safe or sleep at night. 

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set fire to municipal land

Location: Boksburg
Crime Date: 22 October 2014
Reported Date: 22 October 2014

set fire to municipal land

they are clearing their property for  construction so in an effort to cost cut the set fire then try to use a hose pise to keep it under control. the boksburg fire department was not notified.

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arson house burned

Location: Mabopane
Crime Date: 24 December 2013
Reported Date: 29 December 2013

arson house burned

On Tuesday 24 December 2013 around 2am my dad burned our house, he has been abusing us for more than 15 years, we have court orders against him where he was chasing us with guns, threatening to burn our house etc. From the beginning of 2013 he has been threatening us that he will burn our house he did it on Tuesday 24 Dec. He hasn't been arrested, we feel like the police has failed us.. Anyone who can help me with this please email me on my mom is a 59 year old domestic worker, she is working and did everything in the house! My dad left his job in 2001 and hasn't been working since, he burned the house to hurt us. Please S.A HELP ME I want my mom to see justice done!

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Potential Crime - Burning of gautrain

Crime Date: 14 March 2013
Reported Date: 14 March 2013

Potential Crime - Burning of gautrain

SAPS should question Mr Mokoena. He is inciting a crime.

One of their leaders, Albert Mokoena, warned Transport Department deputy director-general Maria du Toit at a meeting in Pretoria that commuters would resort to "drastic action" should the train service not improve.

"Before March 28 you must have responded to our demands. We have resolved amongst ourselves that it is really not good for us to burn our own trains [Metrorail trains]. We're going to burn the Gautrain," he said.

"I know that I am on record and I am doing this deliberately. It would be useless for us to burn our own property but that Gautrain is not for us, it's for the rich people. It's for the bourgeois," Mokoena said to cheers of approval from the crowd.

He said the department had not done a proper needs analysis for the majority of South Africans when it invested in the Gautrain.

"The money that was used to build the Gautrain was supposed to [be used for] the [transport system] of the majority. When you plan, you need to look at where the needs are," said Mokoena.

"That investment [in the Gautrain] was useless. We will burn those nice trains. This is not a threat. I am a politician and I use political language," he said.

Mokoena is the PAC's Tshwane regional secretary.

Another protester, Vusi Mahlangu, a law student at the University of SA, said using Metrorail trains was a "painful daily experience".

Thabang Mothelo wept as he addressed Metrorail officials about the "tribulations of train commuters".

"It is a very painful experience when 6000 people are crammed into one train. A cousin of mine was injured in a train accident and only got R7500. She is now a cripple.

"I use a train because we don't have a car. The government doesn't care about us, the people who vote. We shouldn't have to fight to get what we want," Mothelo said.

Du Toit said commuters' grievances would be taken into account in the department' s efforts to improve the Metrorail's service.

"I will investigate these challenges . These matters will be brought to the attention of the minister (Ben Martins) and there will be a response to this gathering.

"I would not like to see any trains being burnt, whether it [they are] Gautrain or Metrorail trains. The reason we travel is to make a contribution to this country," said Du Toit.

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Location: CAPE TOWN
Crime Date: 19 January 2012
Reported Date: 19 January 2012


This guy was just driving and threw out his cigarette butt.. I drive the N1 every single day.. and I cant tell you how many people I see throwing out Cigraettes out of their windows.. it is just wrong.. especially in Cape Town.. Look how devastating our fires are.. how many people/animals get hurt and die.. how many homes/buildings get destroyed...  People like this should be charged/fined...   His licence number.. ART ONE-WP - Grey Hyundai i30

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Second petrol bomb on zeekoevlei home

Location: CAPE TOWN
Crime Date: 30 October 2011
Reported Date: 3 November 2011

Second petrol bomb on zeekoevlei home

in the space of a year we have had 2 petrol bomb attacks on our house. both times it happened just before gyfox. they did leave some evidence behind. a bag with two more bombs where found aswell as the materials they used to make it. the bomb squad did take it for finger prints. first time around the police did nothing this time around they taking it a little more serious. monday morning after the bombings we got 5 phone calls in the space of an half an hour were somebody just laughed over the phone. please advice. we need to stop this right away.

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Man attempt to set girlfriend's shack alight

Location: Belfast
Crime Date: 18 April 2010
Reported Date: 21 April 2010

Man attempt to set girlfriend's shack alight

A 47-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly attempting to set his estranged girlfriend's shack alight in Balfour, Mpumalanga police said.

He tried to set his girlfriend's shack alight in Vlakfontein Farm on Sunday night, said Sergeant Sam Tshabalala.

"She was asleep when she smelt petrol and awoke to find him outside. She contacted police before he could start the fire." Tshabalala said the man ran off when he saw her and was being sought since Sunday.

He was expected to appear at the Balfour Magistrate's Court soon.

- Sapa

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