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Potch woman hurt in brutal fight with six armed robbers

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Potchefstroom – Six men broke into Nanna Viviers’s home, and thanks to her quick thinking and bravery, her and a friend live to tell the tale.

“I made her strong. She is a farm girl and can protect herself,” a devastated Ventersdorp father told Potchefstroom Herald after his 25-year-old daughter Nanna Viviers and her friend Albert John, 23, were viciously attacked and beaten in Balliepark last Saturday.

Nanna was almost raped twice by her attackers, but she and Albert survived the brutal attack.

According to Albert, he and Nanna were asleep when their dogs started barking.

“Nanna woke up first, and then she woke me up. When I opened my eyes, all six men were standing around my bed,” he explained.

He said some of the men wore balaclavas and were armed with large spanners, a screwdriver, a knife, and a firearm.

“Nanna tried to keep everyone calm. Then they tied me up with shoelaces, while they threw Nanna onto her stomach and tried to pull her pants down.”

The men allegedly told Albert they were going to rape Nanna. Albert says he can’t recall how Nanna broke free, but when he looked again, she was in the bathroom busy guiding their two smalls dogs to safety through the window. When the men grabbed her, they tried to rape her again.

“They hit her in the back of the head. When I began to fight, four of them began hitting me over the head,” he said. Nanna got the strength to kick the men and pressed the panic button, ran outside towards her car and hit the car horn repeatedly until the attackers ran out of the house.

“She saved our lives. If it wasn’t for her, things would have been so much worse,” Albert said.

Jacques said his daughter is an example for anyone who finds themselves in such a terrifying situation.

“You mustn’t give up. My daughter decided it’s life or death, but they won’t rape her, she will fight until the end.”

Nanna received an operation on her eye on Tuesday, after her eye socket was broken and damage inflicted on her sinuses as a result of the attack.

The specialist said it was a miracle that Nanna’s eye didn’t burst, as she was hit very hard.

She was still in pain on Wednesday morning after the operation, but according to Jacques, there will be no permanent damage to her eye. Jacques added that what happened to Nanna and Albert is unacceptable.

“People are inclined to say that this is how South Africa is and that we must make peace with it, but I say this is unacceptable, every person has a right to live – especially young people who are still trying to build a future for themselves.”

Nanna grew up in Ventersdorp and attended Potchefstroom Gymnasium high school.

“It is concerning and all that we can do is stand together and try to prove a point,” they said.

They added that the problem is lawlessness in the city and a shortage of police manpower.

“My daughter’s birthday party was planned for Saturday, and on Friday night, they went to sleep. Then six men came and violated them and their privacy. It is absolutely shocking and I am very disappointed,” an emotional Jacques said.

He also thanked the police for their hard work, commending them for doing everything in their power to track down the suspects. Police spokesperson Mpho Manyoba said no arrests have been made.

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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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