The Citizen recaps five of the most shocking incidents from the year:
1. Jeppestown, Gauteng
A video of a man shot dead in a Jeppestown street after alighting from a taxi in September. The victim can be seen being shot at close range in the middle of the street in Jeppestown. Police believed it was a hit on the man.
2. Sandton, Gauteng
CCTV footage showed four burglars breaking into a Sandton home, in Johannesburg. A white BMW pulls up to the driveway of the residence, and one of the suspects approaches the pedestrian gate with a pick-axe in his hand and appears to pop the lock off the gate and opens it before opening the gate motor.
The suspects made off with a desktop PC and the gardener’s cellphones.
3. Middelburg, Mpumalanga
“Thirsty” suspects are seen breaking into and robbing a bottle store in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, in September.
In a video posted by Crime Watch, one of the suspects breaks through the door of the store, and another enters, unfolding a plastic bag. The two suspects, dressed in white overalls with caps, then proceed to steal drinks from the fridges and put them in the bag. Moments later, they are seen fleeing the scene in a blue Golf.
4. Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
In another liquor robbery, suspects in the Eastern Cape were caught on CCTV footage stealing from a beachside bar before stealing a television from a church in Nelson Mandela Bay.
The Herald Live reported that the suspects “could easily qualify as Nelson Mandela Bay’s dumbest criminals”, as their actions are recorded in full view of CCTV cameras, with at least one of the suspects’ faces in full view, despite wearing gloves that are presumed to prevent him from leaving fingerprints at the scene.
5. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Video footage of a bank robbery in Musgrave, Durban, was published in December.
According to Berea police spokesperson Captain PN Naidoo, the victim was in the parking lot, about to enter the bank to make a deposit when a man emerged from a Golf 7 and approached him with a firearm.
“The man ran into the bank and threw a bag of money to the teller, but the suspect brandished a large firearm and went after the money bag and took it,” he said.
– Caxton News Service