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Mixed feelings as president grants remissions to prisoners

A prison rights group has called on government to consider pardoning prisoners who are serving time for killing their abusers.

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The SA Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights has been reacting to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s granting of special remission of sentence to over 14 000 prisoners.

In his Day of Reconciliation speech in Bergville – Ramaphosa stressed that the gesture wouldn’t be extended to those serving time for serious crimes – such as murder and sexual offenses. Among those who’ll benefit by immediately being eligible for parole are Fees Must Fall, activist, Kanya Cekeshe and AbaThembu King, Bu-YELE-khaya Dalindyebo.

But SAPOHR’s Miles Bhudu says those who committed murder while defending themselves from their attackers should also be eligible for remissions. Bhudu says, “When we talk about battered women and men, these are people who suffered violence and abuse under a roof that went unreported and unnoticed for years.”

“And they reached a point where the person has been abused ended up saying they are going to take the law into their own hands because the system can’t assist me. These are categories not considered by the department of correctional services or justice,” he adds.

Meanwhile, the DA has slammed Ramaphosa’s decision to grant these remissions.

Shadow Minister for Correctional Services, Glynnis Breytenbach says the decision is a slap in the face of the judiciary and victims of crime.

She says Ramaphosa’s decision is politically motivated. She adds, “Both fees must fall activist and the king had exhausted every other legal avenue to secure an early release. Courts have considered their cases very carefully and in both of the incidents, the courts have concluded that the time they need to be incarcerated is what they have.

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Watch: Teddy Mafia’s son-in-law targeted in Shallcross drive-by shooting

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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.

Read also: Alleged Durban drug kingpin Teddy Mafia killed, suspects beheaded

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.

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Facebook Down, Instagram and WhatsApp also offline

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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.”

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.

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Husband killed, wife critical as robbers open fire during Joburg home invasion

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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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