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Babes Wodumo and friends accused of beating Durban woman



Durban – Gqom musician Babes Wodumo and three other women have been accused of beating a Durban woman at a guest house in Umbilo on Monday night.

It remains unclear why the woman was allegedly assaulted by Babes Wodumo (Bongekile Simelane) and three other women, amongst them, a relative of Babes and an industry pal in the same gqom genre, reports The Sunday Tribune.

Babes Wodumo’s family on Wednesday claimed they were not aware of the incident.

Babes Wodumo was herself allegedly assaulted by her partner Mandla ‘Mampintsha’ Maphumulo on Sunday night. Her alleged assault was beamed live on Instagram to the shock and horror of fans and the public.

Maphumulo was subsequently arrested and appeared at the Pinetown Magistrates Court on Tuesday, where he was released on R2000 bail.

The gqom singer’s father, Reverend Welcome Simelane, said he could not comment when events of Monday night were relayed to him.

“May I not comment on that, because I do not know that and I was not there,” said the father.

When called again later and told the police had confirmed a case had been opened, Reverend Simelane said he was tired of talking to the media and asked for space.

“If there is anyone that has been beaten, they must do as Babes has done and open a case,” he said.

“If there is a case open against her (Babes) than there is nothing to say, Babes must organise her own lawyers just like Mandla did when he faced the same charge. This means we have to leave it to the lawyers to handle, I can’t say more than that,” he said.

Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker confirmed police were investigating a case of assault which was opened at the Umbilo Police Station on Tuesday night.

“The complainant alleges that on Monday evening she attended a gathering at a guest house in the Umbilo area when she was assaulted by four women, three of whom are known to her, after she got into an argument with one of them,” said Naicker.

Naicker said police detectives had been in touch with the suspects, who have told police through their lawyers that they would be making a statement on the matter.

“The suspects have indicated through their lawyers that they will be providing police with statements. Statements have yet to be obtained from independent witnesses who attended the event. Once all the evidence has been gathered the docket will be submitted to the National Prosecuting Authority,” said Naicker.

Since Tuesday night, several unsuccessful attempts were made to speak to the victim on her cellphone.

Her sister, who cannot be named as it will reveal the victim’s identity, said on Wednesday afternoon: “As the victim’s family, may we ask for space to deal with what has happened. We ask to remain quiet in order to allow the police to deal with this issue,” she said.

Mampintsha appeared to have caught wind of the allegations and posted this tweet on Wednesday. Sunday Tribune

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Dashcam shows terrified bakkie driver under attack from an incensed elephant



Elephant vs bakkie limpopo

Toyota bakkies are amongst the best when it comes to navigating the bushes but that’s only when there are no elephants.

Ask a Bosbok Gas employee and his Toyota bakkie they will tell you the elephant is the real boss after they survived an encounter with a charged one.

The Bosbok Gas driver, Norman Nukeri, had a “too close” encounter with nature while making a delivery to one of its game reserve clients.

Nathan Traut, Bosbok Gas’ marketing and operations manager, said their driver was on his way out of Klaserie Private Nature Reserve on Tuesday after delivering diesel to Klaserie Drift and Ntoma Bush Lodge.

While on his way out, Nukeri had a run-in with an elephant that left his Toyota bakkie with quite a bit of damage to the body.

Traut said in the 30 years they have been in business, something like this has never happened.

“Nature is one of the perks of having to work in nature reserves, just not this close up,” he jokingly remarked.

A video of the incident shows Nukeri trying to ward the elephant off. Initially, it seems as though the animal gives up on the stand-off, but then later returns to basically separate the bonnet from the bakkie.

In facing dashcam shows the terrified Nukeri shell shocked as the elephant attacks his bakkie.

Nukeri could not reverse to outpace the elephant since was towing a small diesel tanker.

“Nukeri is fine, he is just a little shell-shocked. Our director, Hardus Geldenhuys, and a second driver went to the scene to assist. A good thing, considering Nukeri’s state of shock,” Traut said.

Elephant vs bakkie Klaserie Private Nature Reserve

The bakkie after enduring the attack. Photo supplied.

“The bakkie’s bodywork was damaged, but there are very few mechanical issues. It was driveable, just not with the bonnet, so they removed it and the vehicle was brought back to the office sans bonnet by the second driver.”

Damage to the bakkie is in the region of R50 000.

Even though Nukeri is doing well, Traut mentioned that he does not wish to be interviewed.

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Look: 4 critically injured in tanker and bus crash on N3



Tanker and bus on fire mooi river

Four people have been injured and multiple others injured when a tanker truck, a bus and other vehicles were involved in a serious crash on N3 north just before the Hidcote off ramp in Mooi River.

Netcare 911’s Shawn Herbst said that paramedics responded to the accident scene at 15H42 on Monday afternoon.

“Netcare 911 with Nsele Ambulance Services Responded to a collision on the N3 Johannesburg bound in Hidcote KZN Midlands region.

Reports indicate that a bus, tanker and multiple cars were involved in a collision leaving four people critical and approximately fourty-four other patients with minor to serious injuries,” said Hersbt.

The fire and rescue services are currently on scene trying to extinguish the fire to determine if any deaths have occurred.

This is a developing story.

Tanker and bus on fire mooi river

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Attorney Theasen Pillay found deceased in his Umhlanga Ridge apartment



Attorney Theasan Pillay death

Durban – Lawyer Theasan Pillay, 47, from attorneys Theasan Pillay and Associates has been found dead in his apartment on Solstice road in Umhlanga Ridge on Friday morning.

Private security company, Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) reported that they received a call at 11h34 on Friday from a relative requesting assistance after he made the gruesome discovery.

Rusa officers and paramedics on arrival found Pillay in his bedroom.

He had suffered stab wounds to his arm and chest.

“It was established that Pillay left a suicide note at his offices in Umhlanga prior to leaving the premises this morning. His employees discovered the note and called him. During a telephonic conversation he assured them that he was fine and needed some time alone. They then informed his family and requested that they check on his well-being.

His brother proceeded to his apartment and gained access with a set of spare keys when he made the discovery,” said Rusa.

Pillay’s death is being investigated by the police and updates will be shared as soon as they become available.

This is a developing story.

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