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#PhoenixMurderSuicide: Husband frequently threatened to kill wife



Durban – A Phoenix father who shot dead his wife and then turned the gun on himself on Sunday night had promised to kill his wife if she decided to leave him.

Self-employed Zane Smith, 28, shot and killed his wife, Berine Haines, 34, a nurse at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital, before turning the gun on himself on Sunday night.

They had moved into a rented, two-bedroom home in Palmview, where the shooting took place.

Their bodies, with bullet wounds to their heads, were found by relatives.

It has been alleged that the couple had been having marital problems and Berine had wanted to separate from Zane.

Their landlord, who did not want to be named, said the couple had been arguing during the day. He said he took the couple’s children, aged 7 and 2, to his home to escape having to witness the argument. An hour later, Zane fetched them from him.

“His relatives came to the house to speak to them,” the landlord said.

“We heard arguing again and a police van later arrived. His relatives left to speak to the police and then three shots were heard.”

The landlord said a gun was found near Zane’s body.

“There was blood everywhere. Their baby saw everything and the daughter got up after she heard the shots and was hysterical.”

The children were taken to their paternal grandparents’ home.

“We are still in shock. They were nice and friendly, but argued a lot. We had heard them fighting before but never expected this to happen.”

Barbara Haines

Berine Haines was killed by her husband after a domestic dispute in their Phoenix home. Pic supplied

A relative of Berine’s, Selma Haines, said Berine had been in the process of separating from Zane.

“She sold their home and gave him his share of the money. Berine then moved into the outbuilding with her children.

“He did not want them to separate and throughout the day on Sunday he threatened to shoot her if she left him.”

Selma said Berine had sent a text message to her sister, who lived in Ixopo, for help and to her brother, who worked in Jacobs, in Durban.

“She was afraid he was going to kill her. Her sister contacted the Phoenix police for help and they came to the home to intervene. While police were talking to his relatives outside, he shot her and then himself.”

Selma said minutes after the shooting, Berine’s brother arrived.

“He decided to go to her home after work to check on her, but instead found her dead. She still had her handbag on her shoulder when he shot her.”

Selma said their family was in shock.

“She married Zane in 2010 in a Muslim ceremony. Throughout their marriage, she never complained about abuse or problems and whenever we saw her she seemed fine.”

Berine, formerly from Ixopo, started working at the hospital in 2010 in the Mental Health Care Unit. She had a diploma in nursing and midwifery.

MEC for Health Sibongiseni Dhlomo, who is also the chairperson of the KZN Men’s Forum, encouraged men to protect their families and to better handle disagreements.

Two days earlier Gonaseelan Govender, 45, shot his girlfriend, Suhana Ramdial, 24, before shooting himself in the head.

It is alleged they had an argument at a tow-truck yard in Clairwood on Friday. Govender died at the scene. Ramdial is in hospital.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said in both cases firearms were found next to the dead men.

“In the Phoenix shooting, charges of murder and an inquest was open and in Clairwood a case of attempted murder and an inquest is being investigated.”

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Dashcam shows terrified bakkie driver under attack from an incensed elephant



Elephant vs bakkie limpopo

Toyota bakkies are amongst the best when it comes to navigating the bushes but that’s only when there are no elephants.

Ask a Bosbok Gas employee and his Toyota bakkie they will tell you the elephant is the real boss after they survived an encounter with a charged one.

The Bosbok Gas driver, Norman Nukeri, had a “too close” encounter with nature while making a delivery to one of its game reserve clients.

Nathan Traut, Bosbok Gas’ marketing and operations manager, said their driver was on his way out of Klaserie Private Nature Reserve on Tuesday after delivering diesel to Klaserie Drift and Ntoma Bush Lodge.

While on his way out, Nukeri had a run-in with an elephant that left his Toyota bakkie with quite a bit of damage to the body.

Traut said in the 30 years they have been in business, something like this has never happened.

“Nature is one of the perks of having to work in nature reserves, just not this close up,” he jokingly remarked.

A video of the incident shows Nukeri trying to ward the elephant off. Initially, it seems as though the animal gives up on the stand-off, but then later returns to basically separate the bonnet from the bakkie.

In facing dashcam shows the terrified Nukeri shell shocked as the elephant attacks his bakkie.

Nukeri could not reverse to outpace the elephant since was towing a small diesel tanker.

“Nukeri is fine, he is just a little shell-shocked. Our director, Hardus Geldenhuys, and a second driver went to the scene to assist. A good thing, considering Nukeri’s state of shock,” Traut said.

Elephant vs bakkie Klaserie Private Nature Reserve

The bakkie after enduring the attack. Photo supplied.

“The bakkie’s bodywork was damaged, but there are very few mechanical issues. It was driveable, just not with the bonnet, so they removed it and the vehicle was brought back to the office sans bonnet by the second driver.”

Damage to the bakkie is in the region of R50 000.

Even though Nukeri is doing well, Traut mentioned that he does not wish to be interviewed.

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Look: 4 critically injured in tanker and bus crash on N3



Tanker and bus on fire mooi river

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.

Tanker and bus on fire mooi river

Tanker bus accident hidcote

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Attorney Theasen Pillay found deceased in his Umhlanga Ridge apartment



Attorney Theasan Pillay death

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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