DURBAN – The suspect arrested in connection with the murder of a woman and her two daughters in Phoenix, was a friend of the mother.
The 45-year-old suspect, who was arrested on Friday night, faces three murder charges. Three sources, independent of each other, have linked the man to Jane Govender, the mother of the two daughters killed.
Govender, 44, and her daughters Denisha, 22, and Rackelle, 16, were found dead at their flat 29E, Tasvir Mansions in Longcroft, on Friday.
According to Sunday Tribune, the suspect, a tow-truck driver until last month, was fired from his job for spending too much time away from work.
A source close to the suspect claimed he had known Govender for almost a decade.
Denisha’s body was found with stab wounds and stuffed inside a wardrobe.
Before a police sniffer dog alerted its handlers to her body, Denisha’s father, Sagren Govindsamy had already found the bodies of his wife and youngest daughter inside the flat.
“He’s too distraught to speak to anyone, he’s still trying to absorb the fact that his entire family is gone,” said Pastor Mervin Reddy, who spoke on behalf of Govindsamy, an employee at the Phoenix Industrial Park.
Govindsamy had just come off night shift when he unsuccessfully tried to enter the flat on Friday morning. After resting at his mother’s home nearby, he returned and climbed through a window, only to find the murder scene.
On Saturday, forensic investigators reopened the SAPS seal to the flat. As they probed for clues, neighbours craned their necks to peek at what lay beyond the doorway.
Neighbours speculated that the women were killed at different times.
“Denisha came home at 11 am, Rackelle came from school in the afternoon and Jane in the evening.
“If they were attacked together we would have heard their screams. The walls are thin here,” said a neighbour, who lives less than 10m from the flat.
He appeared to have proposed a year ago.
Tributes have been pouring in for the women on social media.
The most shared post came from Denisha’s fiancé, Macaelin Padayachee.
He wrote: “Baby we had so many goals that we were supposed to achieve together.
“We were supposed to get married early next year, planned to go to Thailand for our honeymoon”
The couple were planning to buy a property.
“We wanted to have babies together, two sons. We wanted to get two cream Chow Chows as pets, we were supposed to live happily ever after.
“Baby every dream I had, every single one was with you in it babe! Now every bit of hope and dreams is crushed,” he wrote
“I love you more than I love myself. It hurts so bad when I think of what happened to you, and even though I’m a grown man I break down crying. You taught me how to love, you (are) the only girl I ever loved, and now I don’t have you. But I know you’re in a better place now. RIP my Queen,” Padayachee said.
The suspect is expected to appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
The post-mortems are expected to be conducted on Thursday. SUNDAY TRIBUNE
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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