Tagged: South African advice
October 27, 2014 at 12:27 pm #27794
This is so sad. It seems as if the situation in SA only continues its downward slide.October 27, 2014 at 2:11 pm #27807
Funny, the best thing they could do would be to support legal carrying of firearms, making it more dangerous to be a thug.
Ah well when the crime skyrockets, it will be proven. Not that they’ll see that, or admit it.
What a waste of an amazing place.October 27, 2014 at 4:25 pm #27821
Ok – this shows the nature side of South-Africa. The Kruger Park, the only danger I knew growing up as a child.
Look at the video – Its truly amazing
Rather than flee, these hikers at Kruger National Park in South Africa put aside their fears and faced down the raging mammalNovember 4, 2014 at 7:00 am #28300
Water & Electricity news
Around half of South Africa’s urban population now lives in informal settlements, according to a World Bank report published in August.
With “a very low level or absent” waste management system in these areas, it is not just these communities who are threatened by water borne diseases, but the surrounding local population too, the EU report cautioned.
A coal storage silo that collapsed at Majuba power station in Mpumalanga had been showing signs of stress since January. The collapse at the weekend caused Eskom to warn of rolling blackouts countrywideNovember 6, 2014 at 9:52 pm #28515
Student thrown from hijacked car dies
Moletsane sentenced Nobunga to seven years in prison, which is suspended for five years, meaning he would be jailed for seven years should he be found guilty of the same offence in the next five years.
An Mpumalanga man who shot and killed an unknown man he believed to be a burglar attempting to gain entry into his house The magistrate also took away Nobunga’s rights to own a firearm.November 6, 2014 at 10:39 pm #28517
Leopard, car jackings seem to be a common crime in SA. Is this because parked cars are well secured or is it because the thieves aren’t skilled enough to steal parked cars? In the US at least car jacking is a much more serious crime than just stealing a car.November 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm #28541
Yes, vehicles parked inside high walls or at secured parking at work are sometimes more difficult to get to. They have got no problem stealing vehicles within a two to four minutes. Even with an alarm and tracking device. They often park the vehicles inside a property or at a busy shopping center to “cool off” or simply drive into the big informal settlement areas that is to dangerous to enter. Vehicle’s go to chop shops – where they get another color or complete transformation from example a long wheel base Toyota Hilux bakkie to a mini bus taxi. They may just get a new registration plate of another vehicle of the exact model and color.
The car jackings happen often because they do not value life the way other cultures do.November 17, 2014 at 8:11 am #29464
Taxi Strike in Johannesburg area. According to reports, problem areas include Soweto, Alexandra and some areas in northern Johannesburg. Taxi’s are blocking big freeway M1 before Xavier. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Gauteng-taxi-strike-to-affect-bus-service-20141117November 27, 2014 at 9:17 am #30474
Motorists targeted on the roadside
Groups of armed men are pouncing on motorists who pull off the road to make a phone call. “The criminals walk around in groups of three or more, and are usually armed. They target cars parked next to the road, especially people who stop to take a phone call,” said Lyttelton police spokesperson Warrant Officer Hero Gumbu.“These criminals will either hijack the person in the car, or they will rob them. We urge people to be extra cautious when driving around, and not to stop unless they know they are in a safe area.”Gumbu said criminals would steal anything during the festive season.November 27, 2014 at 9:21 am #30475
Safety tips when it comes to hijackings:– If approached by a stranger while in your car, drive off if possible and/or use your hooter to attract attention.– Be constantly on the lookout for suspicious looking characters or vehicles and do not hesitate to report them to the police.– Always be on the alert for potential danger and be on the lookout for possible escape routes and safe refuge along the way.– Always have your identity document and driver’s licence in your possession and a pen and notepad ready to make necessary notes.– If possible, avoid driving in the dark. Hijackers may stage a minor accident, such as should your car be bumped from behind and you do not feel comfortable with having them involved in the situation, drive to the nearest police station for help.– Never open your vehicle’s window or door for any stranger. If a suspicious person is near your unoccupied car, go to the nearest public area and ask for assistance.November 27, 2014 at 9:32 am #30477
If you yell FIRE while honking the horn, you’ll get much more attention.
Its against logic, but people often are afraid to look when you yell help in high crime areas.
Never be afraid to do the righteous thing, nothing righteous is ever easy.November 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm #30516
Its good that authorities are giving practical advice to the general public rather than pretending the problem doesn’t exist.November 27, 2014 at 4:13 pm #30521
Won’t be that long and everyone will drive in armed caravans like the days of old. Safety in numbers.November 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm #30527
Mmm I think you are right. The delivery trucks and couriers need to be accompanied here in Gauteng by another vehicle with armed operatives. If family member’s or friends leave late from gathering they travel together for as long as possible. We notify our family that we are safe back home, safe inside the house.
Going to places in Southern Africa like Mozambique, most people travel in groups and stay together for safety reasons. Mozambique still get their visitors for the prawns and the most beautiful warm blue water. Traveling in Namibia, people tend to travel together when the meet next to the road. Even with strangers, because it is just sand and dunes and a very very long hot road in the middle of nowhere.November 27, 2014 at 6:42 pm #30528
Your vehicle is your best weapon. Use it.
Someone plants themselves in your way – weapon or no – hit the throttle and aim for them. Problem will be solved if they move or not.
This whole “give the hijackers/rapists/thugs/goons/criminals what they want and they’ll go away and not hurt you” is a pantload… I do not know who started this craven, cowardly line of thought, but it has never worked and will never work.
I mean, really… couple 3 or 4 guys try to steal your car, etc, and out of the goodness of their hearts they will leave the only witness to the crime alive?
Too bad the old “Commandos” were disbanded… having a bunch of armed friends you can call on seems like it would be right handy, right about now…
The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1
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