Five Black men rob shop in Springs
Captain Johannes Ramphora said two of the black robbers entered the shop on Sunday around 10am pretending to be customers.
The two men then held up the cashier, staff and customers before three more men entered.
The five armed men stole cash, jewellery and cellphones from staff and customers.
The men also stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the business before fleeing.
A case of business robbery was being investigated.
No arrests have been made, said Ramphora. - Sapa
Liquor store robbed in Krugersdorp
Captain Jacob Raboroko said the owner of the Paradise liquor store was cashing up at closing time around 1pm on Sunday when fourteen men entered the shop.
Five of the men were armed and at gunpoint ordered the owner to open the tills.
The men took R5 000 in cash and the owner's cellphone before fleeing on foot.
A case of armed robbery was being investigated.
No arrests had been made and the men were still at large, said Raboroko. - Sapa
Brazen daylight robberies
A crime wave is sweeping the southern suburbs with brazen daylight robberies, burglaries, hijackings and thefts.
Neighbourhood watch groups are on high alert following an increase in the number of personal crimes.
A number of residents from areas including Constantia, Wynberg, Lakeside, Tokai, Bergvliet and Meadowridge have been held up in their homes at gunpoint; women and children have been pistol-whipped and assaulted; and many have been hit by hijackings, burglaries and armed robberies.
Neighbourhood watches say, on average, one in every seven households in those areas were affected by crime.
The robbers stole the homeowner's grey Range Rover, cellphones, a laptop and cash. The vehicle tracker was activated and police recovered the vehicle within hours in Nyanga.
A neighbourhood watch patrol member said two suspects were taken into custody but police were still searching for the other two suspects last night.
"It is thought a red Bantam bakkie may be involved as it was sighted at the end of Soetvlei just before the incident occurred," he said.
While the man and his wife cowered under the kitchen table, the robbers ripped a plasma television set from the wall and took a handbag which contained bank cards, identity documents, a cellphone, a drivers' licence and cash.
No one has been arrested.
On Wednesday, two men were arrested and are set to appear in the Wynberg magistrate's court on Monday.
Neighbourhood watch members say crime will continue escalating until the local police are given the necessary resources and manpower to carry out their duties properly.
Allan Dillon, owner of Mountain Security Services, said theft of and out of motor vehicles had increased significantly in the deep south. "Property related crimes are also on the rise."
Bergvliet, Kreupelbosch and Meadowridge (BKM) Neighbourhood Watch operations manager Richard Bedford said: "We appear to have a generally inefficient police force that can't always provide sufficient back-up because of a shortage of resources. And then we also have the tik and drug problem in our area and neighbouring communities."
Bedford said the BKM neighbourhood watch was stepping up patrols and its "special operations" with immediate effect.
The main cause of the police's inefficiency lay in their being under-resourced, short-staffed, short of patrol vehicles and demotivated.
"The annual statistics show very low levels of crime for the Constantia Valley, when in fact crime is escalating. People are just not reporting to the police."
Police spokesperson Superintendent Andre Traut said the "perception" of a lack of resources at the police stations in question was "devoid of truth".
Robbers bomb ATM in Pretoria
Constable Patricia Simelani said a passerby saw four men trying to get into a small shopping complex with a crowbar around 4am.
About 20 minutes later he heard a blast and notified police.
Police arrived at the scene after the men had driven off in their green car.
Simelani said the robbers stole an undisclosed amount of money. - Sapa
Mother and baby shot during robbery
Captain Julia Claassen said the robbers broke into the house around 3am on Saturday and overpowered the husband and wife in their bedroom. The three-year-old was asleep on her mother's chest at the time.
While the robbers were tying up the husband a shot went off and struck both the mother and the girl in the chest.
The robbers then fled in a white Nissan Navara, registration VKB 854 GP, that has no canopy on the back, has no mag wheels and is missing its front left wheel cap.
The mother and daughter were taken to hospital where the toddler had to be placed on life-supporting machines upon arrival.
Mondeor man stabbed in robbery
Captain Johan du Toit said the man and two workers were at home when a three-man gang arrived at 2pm on Friday.
After asking the homeowner where his safe was, they stabbed and assaulted him, then fled in his Volkswagen microbus with electronic equipment, jewellery, cellphones and a laptop.
The man was taken to hospital where he was in a stable condition. The two workers were not injured, said Du Toit. - Sapa