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5 Durban cops arrested for alleged kidnapping and cigarettes theft

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Durban – The KZN police commissioner has reiterated his stance to root out “rotten apples” from the SAPS, following the arrest of five of its members.

The police officers, aged between 30 and 35, charged for theft, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice, appeared in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday.

According to police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, their arrest emanates from an incident that took place during June 2020 where the complainant was kidnapped.

“It is alleged on 16 June 2020 at 11.15, the complainant was walking on Park Station Road in Kenville when he was stopped by the police officers who searched him and took cash and cigarettes from his vehicle.

“He was kidnapped and taken to his house where the suspects removed more cigarettes and cash.

“The police officers also took him to the station where he was charged for violating Covid-19 regulations. The case against him was not placed on the roll.”

Mbele said the complainant reported the matter to the police and charges of theft, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice were opened for investigating at Greenwood Park SAPS.

She said in addition, it was established that the police officers did not enter all the exhibits on the register.

Mbele said the officers were arrested on Monday by the Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit.

“Four suspects were granted bail of R3 000 and the matter was adjourned to December 7.

“The fifth police officer has been remanded in police custody until November 3.”

According to police, this was due to the pending case against him for a similar offence.

“We will make sure that we root-out all rotten apples hiding behind the SAPS badge whilst committing crimes,” said KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula.

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Watch: Teddy Mafia’s son-in-law targeted in Shallcross drive-by shooting

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Kesavan Isaac Naidoo, the son-in-law of slain alleged Durban drug boss “Teddy Mafia” has survived a brazen attempted assassination on Wednesday, his family confirmed.

The incident took place at about 10am in Shallcross, south of Durban.

Naidoo, 41, is the son-in-law of Yaganathan Pillay – also known as Teddy Mafia.

He was shot twice in a daylight hit on Table Mountain Drive. The incident was captured on CCTV.

“Isaac was shot in both legs and his driver was shot in the hand. Both of them survived. They’re in hospital,” he said.

Read also: Alleged Durban drug kingpin Teddy Mafia killed, suspects beheaded

Pillay said Naidoo was in the back seat while his wife was in the front. The shooting, seen in the footage, takes place moments after they open the doors of their vehicle to get out.

In the footage, a white vehicle can be seen driving along Table Mountain Drive before it is stopped, partially blocking the left hand side of the road. Thirteen seconds later, Naidoo’s vehicle, a white Toyota Fortuna, pulls up.

The back passenger door of the Fortuner is opened, but it is not clear from the footage who the person was who opened it or if they got out of the vehicle.

Naidoo’s wife is seen getting out of the front passenger side of the vehicle and walks towards the rear of the SUV.

Suddenly, four men alight from the stationary vehicle, three of them drawing firearms and running towards the Fortuner, firing multiple shots. The fourth man stands next to the white car.

As the bullets are fired, Naidoo’s driver accelerates and drives past the other vehicle. Naidoo is presumably in the vehicle as it speeds away, but this could not immediately be confirmed.

Pillay said Naidoo was doing “OK”.

Police have been approached for comment, and this story will be updated.

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Facebook Down, Instagram and WhatsApp also offline

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Facebook is currently experiencing an outage impacting its family of sites including WhatsApp and Instagram.

Most Facebook users are seeing an error message that says ‘This site can’t be reached.’ On Instagram, the error message shows as a 5xx Server Error message.

The outage is impacting users on both desktop and mobile.

“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” Andy Stone, policy communications manager at Facebook, tweeted on Monday. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

Facebook Messenger and Oculus are also experiencing outages.

The first reports on DownDetector.com started around 5pm.

According to The Verge, the issue is likely related to a DNS issue. When Slack experienced an outage last week, it was also related to DNS issues.

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Husband killed, wife critical as robbers open fire during Joburg home invasion

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A home invasion on Sunday night left a man dead and his wife fighting for her life after they were shot by robbers in Randpark, Johannesburg.

Emer-G-Med private emergency services paramedics found the man had sustained fatal gunshot wounds and he was declared dead.

His wife was also shot several times and was stabilised before being taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Reports from the scene indicated there were several armed assailants.

Police are investigating the incident.- TimesLIVE

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