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Armed Robbery Strikes M1 Motorists in Johannesburg

by Thaabit Kamaar

Johannesburg – Earlier today, at the Crown Interchange on the M1 freeway, commuters found themselves stuck in traffic and victim to an armed robbery by five individuals. These perpetrators supposedly targeted female and vulnerable drivers while moving between cars.

It has been confirmed the suspects are illegal miners who managed to escape law enforcement by using a nearby mining shaft. Reports indicate the police plan to increase patrols in the area and conduct thorough searches for any signs of the suspects.

Furthermore, the victims of the recent incident are urged to come forward, report the incidents, and file criminal cases against the identified suspects.

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Citizens Afraid of the Rise in Crime in Gauteng

Illegal miners, also known as Zama zamas, engaging in illicit activities pose a persistent threat to the safety of citizens. The continuous perpetration of violent crimes within local communities has plagued the city of Johannesburg.

The situation has escalated to the point where residents in these communities have lost their lives due to ongoing conflicts between rival Zama zama gangs. In response to this threat, a task team was deployed, and it achieved some measure of success.

Addressing the State of the Province, Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi declared progress in the battle against illegal mining, stating they have “broken the backbone of Zama zamas in Gauteng.”

However, despite these claims, the reality is these individuals would be implicated in another criminal activity shortly after such pronouncements.

“Since the decisive response by the President to our request to address the challenges of illegal mining in derelict mines, there has been a marked decrease in this abhorrent activity in the province. Between April and December 2023, 439 persons were arrested for illicit mining activities,” said Premier Lesufi.

It becomes challenging to withhold criticism when criminal incidents occur in plain view, particularly given the assurance by the Premier that every corner of the province would be under police watch.

Yet, the effectiveness of the plans, processes, and operations designed to secure a safer province remains to be determined. Especially since citizens, growing increasingly impatient and disillusioned, find themselves losing both patience and hope as the crime in the city tightens its grip.

Despite the surge in criminal activities such as hijackings, cash-in-transits and smash-and-grabs, the government rhetoric displays a commitment to combating criminality.

Nevertheless, we should refrain from placing complete dependence on government intervention. We as citizens must implement measures and precautions to safeguard not only our well-being but also that of our families.

In the case of smash-and-grab incidents, it is essential to drive with heightened awareness and remain vigilant of our surroundings, particularly at traffic lights and intersections. Additionally, avoid leaving valuables in plain sight and refrain from texting while driving.

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