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Cellphones blamed for KZN school faction fighting deaths



Masakhaneni High School deaths

Durban – Parents and pupils at Masakhaneni High School in KwaMakhutha where two pupils were killed last week during factional fighting clashes claim that conflict stems from some pupils being robbed for their cellphones by fellow pupils.

On Monday, MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda, and Education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwana met with parents and pupils at the school and urged them not to allow their children to take cellphone with them to school – which was against school policy.

The meeting comes exactly one week after the school was closed following the death of two pupils – Mangaliso Mbatha, 18, and Sihle Mngadi, 20 – who were stabbed to death when they tried to separate pupils fighting.

It is alleged that the school has been in chaos since February after the Department of Education suspended 17 teachers over allegations that they sold marijuana to pupils at the school.

It is alleged that the stabbing incident last Monday follows a fight over a cellphone the previous Friday, which ended with one pupil being injured in the face.

Community members on Monday packed a huge marquee at the school in an attempt to find solutions to the ongoing problems.

While some parents who spoke to the Daily News said they were not aware that their children took cellphones to school, some said they allowed their children to take their cellphones to school for communication purposes.

One parent said her daughter was almost killed recently when she was robbed for her cellphone after returning home from late evening extra classes, allegedly by boys at the school.

“These incidents of robberies has been ignored for too long by the school. We are not surprised that two children ended up losing their lives,” said the parent.

Mbatha’s aunt who spoke on behalf of the family questioned why was security not beefed up on Monday after the Friday incident.

“Our children have unfortunately become a sacrifice. We are hoping that their deaths will not be in vain. Let us find solutions that will end bloodshed at the school,” she said.

Ntombifuthi Khuzwayo said following an incident in which her son was injured over his cellphone on the previous Friday had left the family living in fear as their home had also been attacked by mobs of youth who broke their windows.

“We now live in fear. All I know is that the issue started over my son’s cellphone. I would like to apologise for what happened to those who lost their lives. To those who are attacking my family, please forgive us, we as a family do not know about the things that happen at school,” said Khuzwayo.

Addressing the community Kaunda said parents should make sure that cellphones remain at home.
“This school need to make strict rules about cellphones at school.

Cellphones interfere with learning in the classroom, we have seen that they are the major problem perpetuating crime at this school,” said Kaunda.

He encouraged members of the public to report illegal firearms in their communities. Daily News

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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

Tanker bus accident hidcote

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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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Leo Prinsloo guarded Kim Kardashian amongst other high profile people



Leo Prinsloo kim Kardashian

Pretoria – The hero guard, Leo Prinsloo, once served as a guard for former President Nelson Mandela, Prince Charles and even Kim Kardashian amongst high profile people, IOL has reported.

Deon Coetzee, MD of the Fortis Group said that Prinsloo has been in various security roles for more than 30 years now, with a 12 year career in the South African Police Special Task Force.

He had extensive training, including training with Abu Dhabi’s Anti-Terrorism unit.

In the SAPS Task Force, he was a head instructor of their lone operator training.

Prinsloo and Lloyd Mthombeni became a world topic when a video was shared on social media of them being shot at by robbers.

Coetzee said the two had been escorting a van that was transporting cellphones when they came under attack on the N4 freeway in Pretoria.

He said the modus operandi of criminals is to take out both the escort vehicle and the courier vehicle.

“In the video you see what was happening to the escort vehicle. Two vehicles with three criminals in each tried to take them and Leo took evasive action,” Coetzee said.


“The guard in the passenger seat, Lloyd Mthombeni, was just four days on the job when the incident happened,” he said.

Dash cam footage of the incident was shared thousands of times and quickly went viral on social media. The public has hugely been amazed by the bravery exhibited by Prinsloo who managed to keep his cool as bullets rained on his van.

News agencies across the globe covered the incident showing Prinsloo’s daring escape from the robbers.

Death threats

Meanwhile, Prinsloo has been placed under police guard following death threats.

Coetzee said they have had to step up security around him following the threats.

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