Centurion crime roundup

Lyttelton police spokesperson Captain Dave Miller. Photo: Gopolang Chawane

Crime and misfortune did wait too long in the new year to hit the people of Centurion.

Rekord rounded up some of the most life- threatening stories of the past four weeks.

Four robbers attacked an elderly man and his two daughters in their Laudium home on Tuesday.

Family member Amid Bhamjee said the intruders demanded money from his 85-year-old father Sayed after the four robbers gained access into their home.

The four robbers are still at large.

The Bhamjee family, Amid’s father, his wife and sister were all watching TV.

“The men assaulted my father and sister in the process,” said Amid.

“They stole a number of valuables in the house.”

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Both victims were in a stable condition in hospital, said Amid.

Police were still to confirm the attack.

Also on Tuesday, a six-year-old Laudium school boy was buried after he fell from the jungle gym he was playing on at Al Asr Educational Institute in Laudium the same day.

Iyaad Noormohamed hit his head after he fell.

Social activist Yusuf Abraamjee said it was custom for a Muslim to be buried the same day of their death.

Principal Rafiq Mukadam said: “When the incident happened, a teacher found him in a semi-conscious state.”

“He could not say anything, but his eyes were still open.”

According to a statement released by the school, teachers on duty immediately attended to Noormohamed using first aid and alerted Netcare 911 and Rescue 786 paramedics.

Noormohamed was taken to Unitas hospital, but died an hour later.

“Our deepest condolences to the family, no words can possibly be enough to console you but we leave you with the words of Allah SWT – ‘And glad tidings to those who endure – S2V155,” said Mukadam.

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Mukadam said the family, who lives in Erasmia, had asked that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.

The Gauteng Department of Education said that as the school is an independent school they could not comment.

In another crime last week, four men were caught with illegal firearms in a minibus taxi in Centurion on Tuesday.

Three of the men were still in custody with the fourth released shortly after no evidence could link him to the other three.

Police said the three men appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and were denied bail.

Lyttelton police spokesperson Captain Dave Miller said the men were arrested during a routine stop-and-search operation when the Tshwane crime prevention central cluster stopped a minibus taxi in Jean Avenue.

The taxi had a Limpopo licence plate.

Miller said Constables Dukwe and Magoro asked the men to step out of the vehicle and upon searching the men found 9mm pistols in their possession.

He said one of the guns had its serial number filed off.

Miller said the men would not give a clear indication of where the firearms came from or where they were travelling to.

“The officers continued to look for gun documentation, but did not find any so the men were arrested.”

Miller said investigations were underway as the guns were sent to ballistics to determine if they were used in other crimes.

We [police] are also trying to establish whether the guns were stolen or not.”

Also last week, a Centurion magistrate was found dead in his home on Wednesday.

Emmanuel Teffo Myaba (46) was found in his bed with suspected stab wounds.

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He appeared to have been attacked in a burglary in Karin Street in Doringkloof in the morning.

Investigations were ongoing but no arrests had been made confirmed police.

Police spokesperson Captain Dave Miller said the police were following certain leads, but he declined to give details.

“We are still awaiting a forensic report to indicate how Emmanuel died as the victim had wounds in the upper body,” said Miller.

“Scissors and other blunt objects were found on the scene but police were awaiting the report to paint a clearer picture.”

Myaba’s domestic worker was the one who found him.

Reports state that his wife Anita had just arrived at work.

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