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Durban father dies after being bludgeoned with a hammer

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DURBAN – On Thursday a Clare Estate mother will bury her son, who was bludgeoned with a hammer and a lead pipe.

Prashant Beeputh, 36, a single father, was attacked on Spencer Road, in Clare Estate, last Wednesday.

He was admitted to the Addington Hospital but succumbed to his injuries on Saturday.

His aunt, Lalitha Singh, said his hands, legs, hips, and ribs were broken.

“It was brutal to see him lying there, broken in the hospital. When his son saw him in this condition, he was traumatised. No child should see a parent like that, broken and in so much pain.”

“We don’t understand how someone could do that to another person. They are not God. They cannot choose to end someone’s life.”

Two suspects were arrested on Saturday in Sydenham and were charged with murder. At the time, Singh said she would not rest until the family got justice. On Thursday, the matter was struck off the court roll due to insufficient evidence to prosecute the matter.

Speaking outside court, Singh said she was angry and frustrated but believed she would get justice for her nephew.

“We will get justice. We won’t rest. We were told that further investigations would take place and I believe the accused will have their day in court.”

She said neighbours, where the assault allegedly took place, alerted them. “We used to live in the same area and one of them called to tell us Prashant was attacked. We battled to hear the person, so we rushed to the home.

“My husband saw Prashant’s face when he was being loaded into the ambulance and you could see he was beaten black and blue. From there we fetched his mother and raced to the hospital.”

Singh said they managed to speak to Beeputh, and although he was in pain, he allegedly recounted what happened.

The family recorded him naming his attackers from his hospital bed.

“I asked him what happened and he said he went to collect clothing that he left behind on the property where he was staying and three men attacked him.”

She said while taking Beeputh’s 15-year-old son back to the hospital on Saturday, she was told he died.

Singh said Beeputh, his mother, and son battled financially and were left destitute when they lost their home in Clare Estate.

“His son and mother stayed with my family but we did not have enough space for him. He ended up sleeping in a van on this property in Spencer Road.”

She said Beeputh sold odds and ends on the roadside.

Beeputh’s son, a Grade 9 pupil, was unable to write the year-end examination as he struggled to concentrate.

“He is just not in the right mindset. We are all reeling and drained. My husband and I will be his guardian as his mother is not in the picture.”

Neighbours and friends, who accompanied Singh to the court, said they felt cheated.

Singh’s friend, who declined to be named, said: “They came to court, sat in the public gallery with us, and left. We did not know where they went to, and later found out they were released.”

Source: THE POST

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Look: 4 critically injured in tanker and bus crash on N3

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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

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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

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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.

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“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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