In light of violent crime in South Africa spiralling out of control, on 15 April 2020 in KwaMathukuza, Newcastle—A 19-year-old young woman was brutally murdered by her boyfriend, Philani Khubeka.
Lizzy Arumugam, Newcastle SAPS Corporate Communications, explains, “The victim was stabbed 11 times on her body and neck.”
Following the vicious attack, the suspect fled the scene, a murder case was then opened at Newcastle SAPS, with the docket being assigned to Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant NPP Alexander—who then got to work.
However, in a twist of fate, during the investigations, Khubeka handed himself over to the SAPS leaving Detective Sergeant Alexander accumulating the necessary evidence to ensure Khubeka faced the consequences of his actions.
Through her efforts, Sgt Alexander succeeded in opposing bail; therefore, Kubheka was remanded in custody while being investigated.
The case officially came to an end on 19 October 2020, with Kubheka being found guilty of murder and sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by the Magistrate at Newcastle Regional Court— a sentence some might find to be a little thin in years considering the magnitude of the case and reality that he handed himself in.
And in other news, motorists are cautioned about a crime syndicate using a new technique to steal motor vehicles.
This follows Tracker issuing a statement, stating it had recently become aware of a car theft scam being adopted by a syndicate in South Africa.
The vehicle tracking company reveals, “Vehicle tracking customers are being contacted by the scamsters who are pretending to work for Tracker. They advise the customer that there is something wrong with their tracking device and that they need to come out to repair or replace the device.”
Once at the victim’s premises, the perpetrators will claim they need to test the device by taking the car for a test drive. Or offenders will claim they can’t finalise the repairs on-site and will need to take the vehicle back to the fitment centre.
Tracker goes on to say; the culprits have targeted customers from other vehicle tracking companies as well.
With this scam doing its rounds, Tracker states, “If you are contacted about repairs to your tracking device by someone claiming to be from Tracker, please ask them to take you through the Tracker security verification questions associated with your account in order to verify the legitimacy of the call.”
If the individual is unable to do so, Tracker affirms you should then advise them that you will need to contact someone at Tracker to verify their claim.
Additionally, the business claims, “If you are still unsure or find the call suspicious to please contact our call centre on 0860 60 50 40.”
Tracker concludes in stating; it is essential to keep the following in mind:
- A Tracker technician will never need to nor should they ask to test drive your vehicle
- Always check the email address the request is sent from – this is often an immediate give away as the criminals would not be using a tracker.co.za address· You can always confirm the validity of an appointment by contacting our call centre on 0860 60 50 40
What are your thoughts on the above? Do you feel that justice won in the case of the Newcastle man? And what is your take on this new method of stealing cars?
Leave your much-appreciated words of wisdom in the comment section below.
Authors: Quinton Boucher and Calvin Swemmer
Edited: Calvin Swemmer