Henning Schourie, 82, and his wife, Hilda, 80, were attacked and killed in their home in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, on Saturday at 12:55. The couple apparently lived alone.
Capt. Police cluster spokesman Jerbes de Bruyn says police are investigating a murder and house robbery case and already have a suspect in custody. So far, nothing seems to have been stolen, but the investigation is still ongoing, he says.
De Bruyn said there was so much blood on the scene that it was difficult to see at first glance how exactly the couple had died.
“The post-mortem will determine the cause.”
According to de Bruyn, the ADT security company was first on the scene and saw through the window, the suspect hitting Hilda.
“The security guard yelled at him to release her. That’s when the attacker ran out and jumped over the wall. ”
De Bruyn said the security guards pursued the attacker and shot him in the leg. They arrested the wounded man.
The murdered couple were lying side by side in the living room when police found them.
De Bruyn says police are still trying to determine if there were any more people involved in the murder and robbery. It is also unclear if the killer was armed, but police did not find any firearms at the scene.
I heard the neighbors heard the uncle and aunt shout. They (the neighbors) then shouted back at the robbers to release them and then immediately called the neighborhood watch and police.
“There is a broken window, but we are not quite sure if he / she is through it and whether he / she came in through the doors,” says De Bruyn.
Ds. Stephan Briel, pastor of the Reformed Congregation of Bergbron, where the couple were members, was notified of the incident after police called an emergency number – another member of his congregation.
Briel then immediately went to the scene where he met the couple’s son.
“I heard the neighbors heard the uncle and aunt shout. They (the neighbors) then shouted back at the robbers to release them and then immediately called the neighborhood watch and police, ”says Briel.
He described the police support as “wonderful”.
According to Briel, his worship service was very emotional on Sunday morning, with members sneaking around.
“However, the Lord has come to our comfort,” he says.
The Reformed municipality of Bergbron wrote on Facebook on Saturday: “These dear people, Uncle Henning and aunt Hilda Schourie, died this afternoon in an armed robbery at their home. Our congregation will miss them greatly. We honor their memory. ”
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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