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Dad, kids die in hit-and-run shortly after accident that killed mom



A grade 2 Free State teacher doesn’t know what she is going to tell her class on Tuesday when their friend, Tristen Lubbe, doesn’t return to school after the holidays.

Tristen and his entire family, and a little girl visiting them, were killed in two separate consecutive road crashes, the last being a hit-and-run incident on Friday evening.

Father Theuns Lubbe, 39, mother Elmarie, 38, Tristen, 8, Amory, 4, and their friend Juliana Gomez, 6, died on their way home after a braai in Allanridge.

According to Sgt Fikiswa Matoti from the Welkom SAPS, the family was travelling home in the evening when an unknown incident caused the car to roll, killing Elmarie instantly.

Theuns and the three children managed to get out of the car and go to what they thought was a safe spot on the side of the road.

The young father then placed an emergency triangle on the road and joined the children to wait for help.

It was dark when a Ford Ranger bakkie turned the corner and saw the wreckage.

The bakkie swerved on to the side of the road and straight into Theuns and the children. They were killed instantly.

Blood on the road indicated that they were dragged under the bakkie before it stopped.

The driver ran away, leaving the bakkie with a North West number plate, and the young parents and children dead at the scene.

Tristen’s teacher at Brandwag Volkskool, Monique Steyger, known to her class as Teacher Nicky, said she doesn’t know what she is going to tell his class when they get back on Tuesday.

Tristen Lubbe, 8, and his sister Amory, 4, died in a hit-and-run along with their father and their friend while sheltering at the roadside after an earlier crash killed their mother.
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“He was very quiet in school, but he had lots of friends. He smiled a lot.

“I do need to tell his class something. It’s a very small community and I know two of his best friends already know he won’t be coming back. One of his friends said to his mother ‘mommy, you must tell Teacher Nicky otherwise she won’t know he isn’t coming to class’.”

Headmaster Rudolf Erasmus said Tristen was a very polite child.

“It’s very sad what happened,” he said.

Matoti said a case of culpable homicide had been opened at the Odendaalrus police station. No arrests have been made.

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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.

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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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