475 arrested in 5 days

26 February 2021

NW - A total of 475 suspects were arrested in the North West province for various crimes from 8 to 12 Fenruary as police tightened the screws on offenders.

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Killed trying to protect a friend

22 February 2021

Brits – The senseless murder of Dieter Grabie (22) of Brits who was stabbed to death when he pulled his friend Chris Malan (19) out of the way of five knife-wielding attackers, is hard to digest. The incident occured shortly after 02:00 AM in Van Deventer Street, Brits. Dieter and his friend caught a lift from a local hangout for youngsters... the lift only took them part of the way and dropped them off... upon which Malan reportedly phoned his mom to come and fetch them. They soon realised they were in trouble when a gang of five appeared and started attacking them. Grabie collapsed soon after being stabbed. Malan summoned an ambulance from a nearby filling station. Sadly Grabie died shortly after being admitted to hospital. “He was stabbed in the upper body. The suspects fled the scene and the friend then sought assistance from a local garage,” police spokesperson Maria Nkabinde said. Anyone with information that can assist police in their investigations is requested to contact lieutenant colonel Charmaine Jenner on 082 460 6581.

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Mooinooi Mob justice 

22 February 2021

Brits – The SAPS provincial commissioner in the North West, lieutenant general Sello Kwena has urged communities not to take the law into their own hands when dealing with perpetrators of crime. This warning follows an incident on Saturday 13 February in which a man was allegedly burnt to death and another person assaulted during mob justice incidents. The incidents were reported in Segwaelane village in Mooinooi.  

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SUCCESS STORY
Zero tolerance for dumping

22 February 2021

Donkerhoek – An alert citizen with a cell phone camera at the ready, a quick off the mark ward councillor and the Rustenburg Local Municipality environmental manager worked together seamlessly to hold an illegal dumpster to account. The registration number of the vehicle traced the culprit to the Department of Agriculture in Steen street. After admitting to the offence committed on Tuesday 26 January, a fine was paid and the dumpster had to clean up the office waste of boxes, empty cartridges, and toners.

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Tragedy on the N4

22 February 2021

Majakaneng – The driver of a white IVECO minibus swerved to avoid a wheel that came off a truck near Majakaneng on Saturday, 15 February. The avoidance manoeuvre ended with the minibus landing on its side. When Trauma Rescue medics arrived on the scene, the driver was declared dead and injured passengers were transported to a hospital in Brits.

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Blasted for selling explosives 

22 February 2021

Phokeng/ Rustenburg – A 52-year-old man appeared before the Bafokeng Magistrates’ Court in Tlhabane after he was arrested for the possession of explosives.  Sam Bekare Nontoloane will remain in custody pending his next appearance on Monday 22 February. 

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Pay R30,000 for R268,000 or face jail

22 February 2021

Brits – A 45-year-old man was found guilty of defrauding his employers when he appeared before the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 19 January. Calvin Kwinana was sentenced to five years imprisonment with an option of a fine of R30,000 after the state successfully proved he was guilty of defrauding the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, during the time he was employed there as an accountant. 

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SIM SWOP SCAM
[Letter to the editor]

15 February 2021

Rustenburg – My sister was visiting over the weekend when she received a call from her ‘cell phone service provider’. 
The friendly ‘consultant’ informed her that someone is trying to do a sim swop at their branch in Menlyn they just want to verify it. 

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Drunk driver in the dock

15 February 2021

Brits – A 32-year-old man rammed his car into the stationery vehicle of two traffic officers in Majakaneng during the early hours of Sunday morning 7 February. The man, who emerged unharmed and has since been arrested for reckless and drunken driving, could face additional charges related to violating the lockdown curfew. 

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Pistol found hidden in car engine

15 February 2021

Rustenburg – Four suspects were arrested in Freedom Park on Friday 5 February after police discovered a 9mm pistol hidden in the engine of the vehicle they were travelling in. 

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