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Looking at the latest reported muggings across Northern KZN’s Newcastle and Madedeni, according to Newcastle SAPS Spokesperson Lizzy Arumugam, there were five reported in the first few days of November 2022. The question remains, how many have not been reported?
Nevertheless and taking a look at a few cases currently under investigation. In Newcastle on 3 November 2022, an unsuspecting victim was walking down the public passage situated on Voortrekker Street in the town’s CBD. “The complainant alleged that he was robbed of his watch, chain, ring and cash by an unknown man that used a knife to threaten him,” explained Arumugam.
Additionally, Madadeni SAPS are investigating a case where three men robbed a man of his cellphone in section 5 on 4 November. Following this, on 5 November 2022, yet another man was accosted by three men and also robbed of his cellphone.
On 1 November 2022, a person was robbed at knifepoint of his cellphone, cash, perfume and cosmetics. Arumugam explained that the suspect had his face covered at the time of the robbery, and the victim did not manage to get a good look at him.
Furthermore, Newcastle Detectives are investigating a robbery in KwaMathukuza (on the border of Newcastle and Madadeni). On 5 November 2022 as with the first case, the victim was approached by a man armed with a knife. However, in this case, the perpetrator escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.
It is no secret nor should it come as shock to learn that this time of year crime flourishes. This does not mean you should behave like a victim. You simply need to just think and apply some logic. Muggings are an easy avenue for criminals. Therefore, do not create opportunities for them.
With walking on the streets growing more and more dangerous, what are your thoughts on all of this?
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