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KZN father of nine killed in nightclub brawl

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Durban – A nightclub brawl after a man allegedly bumped into a woman on the dance floor ended in him being stabbed in the chest on Saturday morning.
Businessman Benjamin Joseph, 45, of Bombay Heights, Pietermaritzburg, died at the Northdale Hospital.

The acting spokesperson for Mountain Rise SAPS, chief administration clerk Sean Singh, said it was alleged there was an argument over a woman.

Two suspects have been charged with murder and appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday. They were remanded in police custody until their next appearance.

Joseph, a father of nine, went to the nightclub in Allandale with his sister, Mona Munisamy, and relatives to celebrate a wedding anniversary.

“The club was packed and we were on the dance floor. As he was dancing, Benjamin got a bit close to one of the girls and the man who was with her got angry.

“He came up to Benjamin and pushed his finger in his face. An argument broke out between them,” said Munisamy.

She said before the argument escalated they managed to separate the men.

“I even approached the woman to find out what had happened and she said there was no problem. I thought everything was settled and then, as the man was walking out of the club, he said something to our relative, who then followed him outside. When we saw this, we also followed.”

Munisamy claimed an argument led to a fight.

“Benjamin got involved in the fight and friends from the man’s side as well. Within seconds, Benjamin was stabbed in the chest and fell and the man and his friends fled.”

Munisamy said the relatives put Joseph into their car and took him to hospital where he died.

“It was difficult to break the news to our family, especially his wife, Cheryl, and their children.”

For Munisamy her brother’s death was a double blow. “Four years ago, our younger brother, Kreoson, was killed. He was only 24.

“A suspect was arrested, but he was acquitted due to the lack of evidence. I pray this does not happen again.”

The mother of one of the accused said she did not believe her son would commit murder. “I am his mother and I don’t believe he is capable of stabbing another person.” 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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