Man stabbed to death on Racecourse Road

Lansdowne police are on the hunt for two unknown men suspected of committing a murder on Saturday April 9, at about 9pm.

The victim, a 34-year-old man, was walking on Racecourse Road from Kenilworth Centre with his girlfriend when he was attacked and stabbed four times with a knife and was declared dead on the scene.

The deceased’s girlfriend explained that the two men were following them on Racecourse Road and started to attack her boyfriend without any reason or even asking for anything.

“The suspects are unknown to the deceased’s girlfriend who witnessed the stabbing, and the motive behind the killing is also unknown at this stage,” spokesperson for Lansdowne police, Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka, said.

The suspects are believed to have escaped on foot in the direction of the M5 bridge. One was wearing a long-sleeved top with red and white stripes.

A case of murder was opened and no arrests have been made yet.

Anyone with information can contact Lansdowne detectives on 021 700 9000 or 082 576 2804. Anonymity for information given is guaranteed.

* Woodstock police arrested a 26-year-old man for dealing in dagga and possession of suspected stolen property during the execution of a search warrant in Devon Street on Friday April 8.

At approximately 3pm, police swooped on the house and found the 26-year-old inside, along with the dagga and stolen goods.

Spokesperson for Woodstock police, Sergeant Hilton Malila, said the arrest came about after police received information from the public about drug trafficking taking place at the house.

“We applied for a search warrant and during the execution, police seized a huge consignment of dagga, various digital equipment including a Sony laptop, a photo maker with accessories, a large quantity of wrist watches and a substantial amount of cash,” Sergeant Malila said.

The 26-year-old man was alone inside the house at the time and could not account for the items and was subsequently arrested. The street value of the compressed dagga is approximately R15 000.

The suspect appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday April 11 facing charges relating to dealing in dagga and possession of suspected stolen property.

Sergeant Malila said Woodstock police management valued the information received from the community and encouraged others to work hand in hand with the police of their respective sectors.

* Woodstock police arrested two men, aged 18 and 20, in Lower Wrench Road, Observatory, for being in possession of two stolen motorbikes on Friday April 8.

At about 5.30pm, during scheduled crime prevention patrols, police officers spotted the two men busy with the two motorbikes in Observatory.

Sergeant Malila said when the police approached, the two young men attempted to flee on the motorbikes, but were shortly cornered and apprehended by police.

“During a preliminary investigation into the registration numbers of the motorbikes, police members noticed that the numbers had been tampered with and the number plates have been removed. Both men were arrested,” Sergeant Malila said.

During the registration of the case docket, information was received that one of the motorbikes was stolen earlier that day in Fairview Street in Woodstock.

Sergeant Malila said detectives are in the process of determining the ownership of the other motorbike.

The suspects appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday April 11 and face charges relating to possession of suspected stolen property and theft of a motorcycle.

* Rondebosch police have raised concerns about apartment blocks being targeted for burglary during the day.

Spokesperson for Lansdowne police, Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam, said the difference is that more than one unit is being targeted at a time.

On Monday April 11, between 12.20pm and 13.50pm, eight units at an apartment block in Rouwkoop Road, Rondebosch, were targeted, with entry gained by forcing open the front doors.

“We have found that some apartments do not have any safety gates. Body corporates are warned to ensure that main entrance gates or doors at apartments are in working order. Residents must report all defective gates or entrance doors to the body corporate as soon as possible. We have also found that despite a secure outer perimeter some apartments had no security alarms linked to an armed response who could alert us. We encourage body corporates to put something in place during the day when tenants are at work,” Warrant Officer Sisam said.

He added that if your apartment has to be accessed by intercom system: “Remember if the caller is not for you, don’t open the door or gate. Please make sure that when you leave your apartment, that all security devices have been activated. We encourage when leaving or arriving at your apartment, that you ensure that the gate closes behind you before driving off.

“We encourage the public to call in anything suspicious, be it vehicles or people. Most of our arrests are a result of community tip-offs,” he said.

Body corporates are advised that Rondebosch police are available to present safety talks.

To arrange a talk, call Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam on 079 894 1446.