Press Release

Apr 30 2024

Recent Shootings

The Durban North CPF would just like to state that there is no link between the business robbery on 10 April 2024, and the alleged shooting that occurred at a private residence on 29 April 2024 that both occurred in the Broadway/Durban North precincts.
Regarding the incident on the 29 April 2024, unconfirmed reports seem to point to the fact that the suspects and victims may have known each other, and there are no indications that this was a robbery. The investigation is still ongoing by the Durban North SAPS, and the actual motive and relationship between the parties is still to be fully determined. Any other information out there is still purely speculative.
We are not seeing an escalation in terms of targeted armed robberies, and any other incidents of alleged shootings, whilst unfortunate, have been isolated, and not part of a trend.
As a CPF, a major concern right now is the number of fraud cases we are seeing, with our residents being scammed out of large sums of money, to people posing as bank or cellphone call centres, and victims handing over bank account access, or EFTing large sums. We cannot impress enough on residents to never disclose personal banking information to anyone. Banks or other providers never ask for your account details, password, Pin or OTP.
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Apr 16 2024

Taxi Blockade and Go Slow – 16 April 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

16 April 2024

TAXI BLOCKADES AND GO-SLOW PROCESSIONS

Over the course of today, Tuesday 16 April 2024, the DN CPF received multiple reports from various groups about large contingents of slow moving and/or stationary taxis resulting in severe traffic jams across several areas in Durban North, as well as along the N2, both North and South.

Metro Police and the SAPS were deployed to the scenes and dispersed the taxis, however in some cases the taxis relocated to other points.

A large convoy of taxis appeared to leave the Durban North area en-masse at around 18h30.

Reports seem to indicate that the reason behind the go-slows and blockades is that the taxis are unhappy with a long, ongoing multi-disciplinary operation aimed at fining taxis for varying offences and infringements.

From tonight Metro Police and SAPS will be closely monitoring the situation. The DN CPF are in constant contact with them and will provide updates to our residents as and when the information is made available, so we ask that residents monitor their local traffic, security or street groups for updates.

We ask that you rely on information either from the DNCPF or other official structures, and refrain from sharing unverified voice notes, videos and messages. If you have first-hand information to share, include a date and time when sharing to prevent circulation of old or outdated messages

-ENDS-
Darryl Oliver
Durban North CPF Public Relations
pr@dncpf.co.za

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Mar 18 2024

CPF Name Amendment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

18 March 2024

AMENDEMENT OF NAME TO ALIGN WITH THE STATION

We have received a request from the District SAPS to amend the name of the CPF to align with that of the station precinct name that we fall under, that being the Durban North SAPS. This is the standard that is being ensured across all CPFs in the region.

You will therefore notice that all communications, releases, imagery, logo, etc. reflect the updated change.

This change will require some administrative amendments in the background, none of which will affect the day-to-day or overall running, operations or function of the overall CPF, it’s sub-forums or associated units/roles.

Please note that this name change in no way changes the operational areas of the CPF, nor aims to exclude areas based on their name. These areas are the same operational areas that have always made up the Durban North SAPS precinct, and have not changed, with the exception of new developments that arose, albeit in the already existing coverage. There are no plans in place to expand or shrink the boundaries that make up the precinct.

For clarity, the Durban North SAPS Policing Precinct, therefore the DNCPF operational area comprises of three major suburbs of Durban North, Umhlanga and Umdloti, which fall under eThekwini Municipality.

Durban North – Broadway, Athlone, Prospect Hall, Beachwood, Virginia, Glenashley.
Umhlanga – La Lucia, Sunningdale, Somerset Park,
Upper Umhlanga: New Town Centre, Prestondale, Umhlanga Ridge, Westridge, Herrwood Park, Woodlands (Izinga Ridge).
Lower Umhlanga: Umhlanga Rocks, Village/CBD, Newlands.
Umdloti – Peace Cottage, Sibaya, Selection Beach, Newsel Beach/CBD, Umdloti Beach/Bellamont.

-ENDS-
Darryl Oliver
Durban North CPF Public Relations
pr@dncpf.co.za

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Nov 14 2023

Incident regarding school girls – 14 November 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
14 November 2023

On Monday 13 November 2023, a WhatsApp message began to circulate regarding an alleged incident regarding two school girls on Adelaide Tambo (Kensington) Drive, Durban North.
Despite our best efforts at the time, we were unable to authenticate the message or locate the original sender, until she contacted the DNU-CPF today.

From what we can ascertain, the two school girls were walking from a local school, to the McDonalds in Swapo Road. On the way there, they were followed and repeatedly harassed by men in a metallic blue vehicle, who were talking to and calling out to them whilst driving behind them. The girls, feeling threatened, started to run down the road away from the men.

A Westville CPF member, who happened to be driving past at the time, noticed the girls in a state of distress, and stopped to assist them, who proceeded to get into her car. It was here that a second vehicle stopped in front, but the CPF member was able to drive off. Both suspect vehicles left in the other direction.

For now, it appears that the motive behind this was either to a mugging, or a possible attempted abduction, but this has not been determined, as no physical attempts to pull the girls into the car had occurred as yet.

The incident has been reported to the Durban North SAPS, and further investigations will be conducted. The vehicle descriptions will be circulated to the relevant teams for monitoring.

We commend the actions of a fellow CPF member in stopping to assist and drive the school girls away from the scene.

-ENDS-

Darryl Oliver
Durban North and Umhlanga CPF Public Relations
pr@dncpf.co.za

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Nov 09 2023

SA Home Loans 10km Fun Run – 12 November 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9 November 2023

SA Home Loans 10km Fun Run – Sunday 12 November 2023

On Sunday 12 November, SA Home Loans will be holding a Fun Run. The event will start at 06h00 and is expected to finish around 08h30.

There are expected to be approximately 1500 participants.

Start/Finish: Northwood Crusaders Sports Grounds

Route: Start outside Crusaders sports club entrance upon Ranleigh Crescent, west upon Ranleigh Crescent, right upon Harcourt Place, continue upon Hoylake Drive, right upon Swapo Road, left upon Fairway continue straight until the end of Fairway, left upon Hinton Place, right into Hinton Circle [contra flow], right upon Kentucky Drive, left upon Potamac Avenue, left upon Clinch Crescent, right upon Danville Avenue, left upon Newport Avenue, continue into Adelaide Tambo Drive, right upon Dorrington Crescent, left upon Chelsea Drive, left upon Brooklands Crescent, right upon Adelaide Tambo Drive, left upon Lynton Place, right upon St Andrews Drive, left upon Ranleigh Crescent, left into the Crusader Sports Field for the finish.

Marshals will be clearly identified with reflective bibs and flags at every intersection and will direct runners.

Metro Police will also be in attendance to assist vehicular traffic at the busy intersections.

Please plan your route accordingly and adhere to rules of the road, and comply with any directions/instructions from Metro Police.

-ENDS-

Darryl Oliver
Durban North and Umhlanga CPF Public Relations
pr@dncpf.co.za

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Oct 09 2023

Fence Hopper Increase – 9 October 2023

There has been a marked increase of fence hopping across our sectors over the last few nights around the 3-4am mark, which in turn has resulted in petty theft, but at the very least for scouting.

We urge residents to take the following precautions:

  • Be extra mindful of leaving valuables, like phones, laptops, etc, near windows, whether they are open or not, especially if you have low walls and no electric fencing, or open-profile gates;
  • Check that if you have perimeter beams, they are working correctly and are clean;
  • Make sure your external lights are working and/or come on at the right times;
  • Test your panic buttons, as well as your alarm triggers;
  • Consider investing in external solar/battery lights;
  • Check that your CCTV systems work and record.

PLEASE ALWAYS REPORT ANY TRESPASSING OR THEFT TO SAPS

when in doubt, press your panics,

alert your armed response and call 10111

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Jun 27 2023

Heavy Rainfall – 27 June 2023

The Durban North CPF, along with security companies, SAPS and Metro are closely monitoring flooding hot spots in the Durban North and Umhlanga areas.

Support teams are on standby to provide assistance where necessary, and we ask that residents monitor their local traffic, security or street groups for updates.

When sharing info, please supply date, time and area to prevent circulation of old or outdated messages.

Disaster Management Number: 031 361 0000

we urge residents to stay indoors and avoid travel unless necessary

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Mar 15 2023

National Shutdown – 20 March 2023

15 March 2023

The DNU CPF would like to assure the public that it is in regular contact across multiple levels and divisions in law enforcement, as well as with local business entities, and will advise the public as soon as possible if we are made aware of any developments that would threaten the general public.

At this stage, it is still too early to identify or anticipate if or how this will affect ours, or the surrounding areas. Being an unofficial long weekend, we are aware that a majority of businesses may be closed, regardless of the shutdown, and residents may be away.

Nonetheless, all key role-players have contingency plans, and the relevant teams have been placed on high-alert in order to respond swiftly and effectively, should the need arise.

Further to this, the North Durban Operational Control Centre (NDOCC) will be going live from today. This is joint operation between the Durban North & Umhlanga CPF, Greenwood Park CPF, the SAPS, Metro Police, the Greater Together Foundation PBO/NPO and local Private Security companies, which has been worked on tirelessly over the past few months.

We understand some residents may feel the need to stock up on necessities, in which case we urge you to do so in a responsible and calm manner.

We request that residents do not share or take notice of unverified messages and voice notes but rather rely on their relevant CPF structures and/or other verified sources of information.

-ENDS-

Darryl Oliver
DNU CPF Public Relations – pr@dncpf.co.za

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Mar 10 2023

Fake Messages Regarding National Shutdown on 20 March 2023

10 March 2023

The DNU CPF is aware of a WhatsApp message circulating that details action points in response to a SAPS strike on 17 March 2023 and the National Shutdown on 20 March 2023.

We can confirm that the message is not written by a SAPS member, and it’s contents do nothing more than to sew unfounded fear in the general public. With regards to the SAPS strike: SAPS members who are on duty are not permitted to strike, and only those off-duty may attend a strike or picket line, but are expected to return for their shift or be subject to disciplinary action.

We would like to assure the public that the DNU CPF are in regular contact across multiple levels and divisions in law enforcement, and will advise the public as soon as possible if we are made aware of any developments that would threaten the general public.

We request that residents do not share or take notice of unverified messages and voice notes but rather rely on their relevant CPF structures and/or other verified sources of information.

-ENDS-

Darryl Oliver
DNU CPF Public Relations – pr@dncpf.co.za

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Mar 05 2023

Marches and National Shutdown – 6 March 2023

5 March 2023

The DNU CPF is aware of the messages circulating regarding marches and mentions of a National Shutdown for tomorrow, 6 March 2023.

There are two marches planned for the CBD that have been approved, and law enforcement will be present for the approved marches.

There is some anticipation of major arterial routes in and out of the city being disrupted, so please plan accordingly and monitor your local security and traffic groups for updates.

As a precaution, all key role-players have been placed on a heightened alert status, and have contingency plans in place in order to respond swiftly and effectively, should the need arise.

We request that residents do not share or take notice of unverified messages and voice notes but rather rely on their relevant CPF structures and/or other verified sources of information.

Further updates will be shared as they become known.

-ENDS-

Darryl Oliver
DNU CPF Public Relations – pr@dncpf.co.za

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