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
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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