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Phoenix dad doused with petrol, torched to death

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Durban – A Phoenix grandfather suffered a gruesome and painful death when he was brutally assaulted, doused with petrol and set alight, resulting in his death on Mother’s Day.

Redfern resident, Seelan Pillay (46), a former South African National Defence Force (SANDF) officer, was admitted to Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital on Friday night sustaining extensive third degree burns and passed on in hospital on Sunday morning.

Police are investigating charges of kidnapping and murder.

Pillay’s eldest son, Durrell Cassidy Singh (27), who resides in Sea Cow Lake, said his family and himself are devastated by their dad’s grisly death. Pillay has three children with his former wife before he estranged himself from his family. “We are still in shock. I cannot erase the memory of seeing my dad burnt and in agony but still fighting for his life on that hospital bed.

It’s a sight no child or family member should see. He was burnt, almost beyond recognition on a suspicion of theft. They had no proof but he was tortured in that inhumane manner,” said a heartbroken Singh.

Phoenix SAPS communications officer, Cpt L Naidoo, said, “A case of kidnapping and attempted murder was initially being investigated after Seelan Pillay was picked up from his house with a Police Hi-Ace. He was conveyed to a residence on Berrystone Road where he was confronted with allegations of theft of a grasscutter.

He was thereafter assaulted by two brothers from the premises. They poured petrol on the victim, and set him alight. The victim sustained 98 percent burn wounds and he was admitted to hospital. On Sunday morning, the victim succumbed to his injuries and passed on.”

“Police are investigating the case and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) have been contacted.” Singh said, “My dad had been going through a bad patch for sometime now. He indulged in alcohol but never drugs to my knowledge. He broke away from us and lived in Unit 10 where he worked with a friend, doing shoe repairs. I do not believe he stole anything. I am not sure what the motive was behind my dad’s horrific killing but he surely did not deserve to be killed in that manner.”

According to Singh, he feared corruption and collusion at Phoenix SAPS regarding the implication of police officers in the grisly attack and reported the case at Newlands East.

“Police from Newlands East contacted Phoenix SAPS and I was met by police officers at Mahatma Gandhi Hospital. The police officers who arrived to assist with the case were rude and arrogant. They were very unhelpful and demanded that my critically injured father give a quick statement from his sick bed.
“They were impatient and said that they cannot wait hours for my dad’s statement.

I pleaded with them to bear with my dad in his condition. They scribbled a few details on a little piece of paper and left. I was very distressed with the way in which they behaved towards my father and the case. My dad, though in such pain, managed to reveal details of his torture to me,” said Singh.

“I went to the police station with my distraught mum and my aunt and after explaining what transpired and meeting the officers who were in hospital, a case was registered.

However, subsequently, it has emerged that the men implicated in my dad’s terrible beating and death are alleged to have drug-related links in the community and are greatly feared. I know that my dad knew these men as he used to purchase alcohol from them but I am still at a loss as to why they would want to kill him,” Singh added. Singh said a post mortem was being conducted and the bereaved family hoped to lay their father to rest as soon as possible.

“I will not rest until justice is served and the perpetrators responsible for my dad’s death are punished to the full extent of the law. My dad was a meek and mild-mannered person. He never went searching for trouble.

“He was troubled and took to alcohol but he did not deserve such an agonizing death. I saw him two weeks ago when he visited and I will always remember him in that wholesome way instead of the ghastly sight that faced us in hospital. We will strive with police to uncover the motive behind my dad’s killing,” said Singh.

The Phoenix Tabloid contacted IPID for comment but none was forthcoming at the time of going to print whilst reports of an arrest in the murder case could not be confirmed by police. Phoenix Tabloid

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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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