Terror hits plush suburb

A wave of terror has spread across the plush suburb of Sherwood after a family suffered a double blow, with the latest incident involving the hijacking of a well-known businessman. A few days before the hijacking, his son was shot and killed in a house robbery.

Hassin Ismail Randeree, 71, was held at gunpoint and his Mercedes Benz and other belongings were taken in a hijacking which happened on Canon Avenue, Tuesday night.

His vehicle was later recovered in the KwaDabeka area.  His son, Mohammed ‘Langers’ Randeree, 48, died after being shot in a house robbery at his Cullingworth Road home on Saturday. He later died in hospital.

According to provincial police spokesman, Lt Col Thulani Zwane, it is alleged that two suspects entered the house and at gunpoint threatened to shoot the victims.

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“The son-in-law came from outside and he was shot and wounded. The victim was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The matter is still under investigation and suspects are still at large,” said Lt Col Zwane.

In a separate incident, another Sherwood resident, who wished to remain anonymous, was robbed outside his home on two occasions and hijacked recently.

Jan Smuts Highway resident, Sindi Reddy, said the community is sick and tired of the high and violent crime in the area, saying ordinary people are becoming ‘sitting-ducks.’

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“For far too long we have become prisoners in our own homes. We need the South African National Defense Force to shadow the police in the area. We cannot continue to live in fear. How many more lives must be lost before there is calm and peace in our area? The criminals know for a fact that they are not going to be hanged and therefore are taking advantage of the judicial system,” said Reddy.

Sydenham SAPS communications officer, Cpt Myentherin Lazarus said police are working around the clock to get the perpetrators behind bars. “We will be monitoring the area closely by increasing patrols and visibility,” he said.  Cpt Lazarus has appealed to residents who may have any information regarding the cases to contact Sydenham SAPS on 031-203-2703/4.

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Zola Phoswa
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