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Miguel Louw’s mom offered to pay murder accused’s bail

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Durban – Raylene Louw used a false name to visit Mohamed Vahed Ebrahim, the man accused of killing her son Miguel, in prison. The following day her mother and ex-husband visited Ebrahim’s family, and Miguel’s body was found later that day in bush near Ebrahim’s home.

Under cross-examination by defence advocate Jay Naidoo in the Durban High Court on Wednesday, Louw admitted posing as “Reyhana” when going to prison on September 2 last year to visit Ebrahim, and offering to pay his bail.

Ebrahim, who had been in custody since July 20, was granted bail of R2 500 in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on August 29, and before he could pay his own bail, Louw arrived at the prison and offered to pay bail for his release.

Louw said she had gone to prison because she wanted to speak to Ebrahim and get answers about her son.

Pressed about where she got the money to pay Ebrahim’s bail, as she had been fired from Emam Bux Food Emporium where she worked, she said she lied about wanting to pay the bail.

“I did not have the bail money; I lied. All I wanted was to get answers from him. I was desperate to find my son,” she said.

She said Reyhana was an ex-girlfriend Ebrahim had told her about. She thought he would see her in prison if she used that name rather than her own. Naidoo said it was an extremely strange coincidence that Louw went to pay Ebrahim’s bail just before Miguel’s body was found, and asked if her desperation to find her son had not pushed her to talk to him earlier than September 2.

Louw said she had been busy looking for her son everywhere.

“From the time Miguel went missing, you waited for bail to be fixed. Why didn’t you wait for him to come out of prison?” asked Naidoo. “I put it to you that you went to prison to pay his bail for other reasons. He saw that the person there to pay his bail was you, and chose to stay inside because he did not want you to pay his bail,” the lawyer said.

Naidoo also introduced information that Louw had been in a relationship with Michael Louw, the brother of her now dead ex-husband, Kirk. He said Michael Louw was nowhere to be found after Miguel’s disappearance, and could not be reached on his cellphone.

If Michael Louw had a close relationship with Miguel as she told the court, he would have been part of Miguel’s search immediately.

Raylene Louw replied that he had participated in the search at some point, although she could not remember when. Louw denied any dispute about Miguel’s paternity, as suggested by Naidoo.

“The court would have a much clearer picture of what happened if she remembered the things she claims to have forgotten It seems you know more about your son’s disappearance,” said Naidoo.

He said Miguel’s father and maternal grandmother, Arlene Paul had gone to Ebrahim’s Phoenix home the day after Louw tried to pay his bail, the same day Miguel’s remains were later found.

He repeated an entomologist’s evidence that Miguel’s remains had been at the spot where they were found only for a few days. The trial continues.

Source: Daily News

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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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