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Bloodied Okapi knife, cash recovered as cops nab three for Tongaat businessman murder

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KZN police, with the help of a private security company have arrested three suspects for the murder of Ashver Sukwa, a Tongaat businessman who was stabbed to death during a robbery allegedly by his own truck driver and three accomplices.

The three also face charges of house robbery and attempted murder of Ashver’s elderly father who was hospitalised after the brutal attack.

“On Sunday at about 22h00 to 01h00 the team braved the rainy weather and conducted a mass search and penetration in the Ndwedwe area.

“Two suspects were arrested and R85 405-00 was recovered. One of the suspects was also found with a bloodied Okapi knife in his pocket,” said a source close to the investigation.

Members traced and arrested a third suspect in Upper Tongaat area.

Ashver was stabbed 35 times while his elderly father was brutally assaulted and left for dead by four suspects on Saturday morning.

It’s alleged that the victims opened the door for their truck driver who was supposed to transport some bananas to the market for their fruit and vegetables business.

Instead, the driver and three other people came in and attacked the father and son before robbing them of cash, a firearm and other items.

When employees arrived to work in the morning they found out that the place had been robbed and contacted their private security company.

Prem Balram of Reaction Unit SA (RUSA) said their officers were notified of the incident at around 4.45am.

“Officers penetrated the house and found blood on one of the beds. The 35-year-old was found on the floor wrapped in a bedsheet and blanket that was soaked with blood. Reaction officers unwrapped him so paramedics could work on saving his life, however it was discovered that he was stabbed at least 35 times and was declared deceased a short while later.”

The suspects had already fled the scene.

Police made a breakthrough on Sunday night when they followed up on information and arrested the three suspects.

It was not immediately clear if the truck driver was amongst the nabbed suspects.

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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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