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Man shot dead during Soweto looting spree

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A 23-year-old Soweto man was killed on Wednesday after community members from White City in Soweto went on the rampage, looting foreign-owned shops amid allegations that they sold expired food and items with counterfeit labels.

In a bid to protect his property, a shop owner was alleged to have opened fire, killing one person – identified as Banele Qhayiso.

The victim was not one of the looters but a paying customer, said his brother, Mandlekosi Qhayiso.

“He left the house (this morning) saying he was going to buy bread and snuff. While he was there, the community members came in, wanting to do this thing of theirs of looting, but unfortunately, Banele was inside. The next thing, a shot was fired and moments later, I was called to the scene and told that Banele had been shot,” the elder brother said.

“When I got there, Banele was lying by the gate of some house… He was still alive but he could no longer speak,” said Mandlekosi. “He died in my arms.”

Dressed in a black shirt and jeans, clutching a piece of an old red cloth he used as a handkerchief, Mandlekosi broke down as he spoke about the bright future his brother had ahead of him.

Seemingly in disbelief, the young man choked on his words as he tried to hold back the tears, saying he could not believe that the youngest of his siblings had been killed.

Banele was the last of five children. Their parents are deceased.

“He was going to graduate on the 19th of September,” Mandlekosi said. “He had been studying mechanical engineering (at Rosebank College). He was the only one who was educated here.”

Hours after Banele was shot dead, community members were still outside the store in White City. They continued to empty the shop.

The crowds made off with bags of mealie meal, flour, cold drinks, nappies, sugar and even the fridges and shelves which had been inside the shop.

“We are doing this for Banele! They came here to kill our children. They must go,” one community member shouted, carrying plastic cartons full of goods.

Mandlekosi, however, rejected the crowd’s declaration of looting in Banele’s name.

“I am angry with them because this whole thing with the Pakistani people doesn’t make sense to me. What they did… I lost my brother because of a senseless community act,” Mandlenkosi said.

“They shouldn’t say they are doing this for us. There is nothing of theirs here. There is not even a single one of them here, even to come and show their support. They are doing all of this for themselves. I lost my brother because of them.”

When TimesLIVE arrived at the scene, police officers who were without rubber bullets watched helplessly as the crowds helped themselves to the goods inside the shop.

The more brazen carried their stolen loot in black trash bins, while others brought in trolleys and bags.

Meanwhile, the two shop owners had locked themselves inside the shop after one of them had allegedly earlier been beaten by community members.

Police reversed their van to the side of the shop, opening the back so the two shop owners could get inside. The van quickly pulled off, riding through an array of sizeable rocks which had been placed on the street.

Further up the road, police remained on high alert as other shops belonging to foreign nationals were also emptied.

Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini told TimesLIVE that police had since opened a murder and attempted murder case.

“Someone was shot dead and another was wounded. He was shot there around Soweto,” said Dlamini.

He could not immediately provide any further details on whether the second person was linked to the same scene.

“It will all form part of our investigation,” he said. TimeLIVE

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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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