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Court hears Miguel Louw’s mom and accused were close friends

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Miguel Louw’s mother says she and the man accused of her son’s murder were only close friends.

Mahomed Ebrahim is on trial, he is accused of killing Miguel.

Miguel’s mother, Raylene Louw testified briefly in the Durban High Court on Monday.

Louw told the court that she and Ebrahim both worked at a local butchery.

She says she was fired after two months into the job.

Louw says she and Ebrahim became close friends and Ebrahim started visiting her at her home.

She told the court that Ebrahim used to stay over sometimes, and that she introduced him to her mother and children as a friend and co-worker.

She says Ebrahim had a good relationship with her children.

Louw says her mother asked Ebrahim to do some odd jobs around their house.

She broke down as she told the court that Miguel was a quiet and innocent boy.

Louw says the last time she saw him alive, she made him school lunch, kissed him on the forehead and told him she loved him.

Earlier, a Sydenham resident, Ismail Rhyman told the court that he saw Ebrahim holding Miguel Louw’s hand while crossing a road on the day the ten-year-old boy went missing.

CCTV footage played in court last week shows Ebrahim and Miguel in a fast food outlet ordering food on the afternoon of boy’s disappearance.

Rhyman has told the high court he had been crossing the road towards the same fast food outlet when he saw Ebrahim and Miguel together running towards the taxi.

But he could not tell the court if the two boarded the taxi.

Rhyman says he recognised both of their faces, having seen them around the neighbourhood.

He says Miguel’s parents arrived at the shop he works at, which is across the road from the fast food outlet and asked for CCTV footage.

That footage was seen in court last week and shows a man and a child running towards a minibus taxi that’s slowing down.

Defence attorney, Jay Naidoo asked Rhyman why the man and the boy had caught his attention if he didn’t personally know them.

Rhyman told the court there was nothing significant just that their faces were familiar.

The validity of Rhyman’s statement was also tested, as he is not clearly visible in that footage.

But in footage obtained from the cameras from the fast food outlet, Rhyman can be seen inside the establishment.

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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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