Durban – KwaZulu-Natal police are still searching for the truck driver involved in the hit-and-run in Ladysmith where a Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) officer was killed.
Police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, confirmed that they were yet to make an arrest.
On Sunday, Thokozani Cele and his colleagues were stationed on the N3 highway performing a speed arrest operation when a truck failed to stop, killing him instantly.
Police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the 41-year-old Ladysmith traffic officer was performing his duties on the N3 Freeway northbound when he was knocked by a truck
“He died at the scene and the truck driver drove off,” said Mbele.
The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda said the incident is a huge blow to the Traffic fraternity and a setback to the department’s commitment to save lives on the road.
“This is a great loss to the department. The manner in which Cele died was unfortunate as it clearly indicates that the suspect is an irresponsible driver as he failed to stop,” said Kaunda.
RTI spokesperson, Zinhle Mngomezulu, said killing a person is charged with culpable homicide but “to us it doesn’t look like culpable homicide.”
“It looks like he [the truck driver] intended to do it because he didn’t stop at the scene. If he was scared that maybe he would be attacked then why didn’t he report to the nearest police station,” said Mngomezulu.
Cele’s sister-in-law, Gugu Jele said his family were expecting to see him walk through the door the morning after his shift but got a message of his passing instead.
“It’s very difficult, it’s such a shock, we just not holding up,” she said.
Jele said the husband and father of three was a committed man in everything that he did.
“He was a committed church member, he was a committed family man, he was a committed traffic cop. His commitment explains it all, he died on the call of duty, that’s who he was. He was a very loving man who was a friend of everyone and always smiling,” said Jele.
Jele said the people of Cele’s hometown, Mathimatholo are all mourning his death.
“What soul he was, such a beautiful soul and very responsible. His wife just cannot take it. He was such a loving and committed husband, “ said Jele.
A case of culpable homicide was opened at Colenso police station.
Mngomezulu said the investigation is underway, and RTI is hoping to make an arrest very soon with the help of SAPS.
Kaunda has urged all law enforcement officers to “strain every nerve” to find the suspect.
“Anyone who may have witnessed the incident must assist the police with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect,” said Kaunda. The Mercury
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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