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.
“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.
Watch: Teddy Mafia’s son-in-law targeted in Shallcross drive-by shooting
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.
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.
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) October 13, 2021
Facebook Down, Instagram and WhatsApp also offline
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.”
We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
— Facebook (@Facebook) October 4, 2021
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.
Husband killed, wife critical as robbers open fire during Joburg home invasion
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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