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Slain Pietermaritzburg man shielded grandchild during shootout

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Durban – DESPITE an alleged attempt on his life a week before he was gunned down, a Copesville security co-ordinator believed the incident was a scare tactic.

Subendran Mark Naidoo, 46, was shot dead outside his Indus Road, Pietermaritzburg, home on Friday morning, while reversing his car out of his driveway.

He was on his way to drop off his 3-year-old granddaughter, Kayla, at a crèche, when a gunman, dressed in camouflage attire, repeatedly shot at the car.

In an attempt to protect the child, Naidoo pushed her down into the legroom of the front passenger seat and acted as a shield.

He died at the scene.

It is alleged that more than seven bullets were fired in his direction.

At his funeral on Monday, at the Faith Tabernacle Church, his twin brother Sagran told the POST: “He reversed out the driveway and his wife, who was closing the gate, heard gunshots.

“She saw a guy running in camouflage attire. His granddaughter was in the passenger seat and he pushed her off the seat to save her.”

He said the child sustained a cut to her chin.

A previous attempt was made on Naidoo’s life, when he returned from work last Tuesday, but was not concerned.

“We affectionately called each other ‘boy’. That night he called and said, ‘boy, they tried to put me away last night. Someone shot at me’.”

He said his brother worked as a security adviser at Hulamin, a company that specialised in rolled aluminium products, and that he was “working on something sensitive”.

“He did not want to divulge too much but his exact words were, ‘you know what, boy, if they wanted to kill me, they would have. It is just a scare tactic and I’m not stepping down from what I’m working on’.”

Sagren said he advised Naidoo to take time off from work.

“But he was not that kind of person. He basically uncovered something that cost him his life.”

A family source said Naidoo was in charge of investigating irregular security contracts at the company and allegedly uncovered underhand dealings.

Sagren said Naidoo, a father of two, formed the neighbourhood watch in Copesville and became a police reservist after matriculating.

“He loved the outdoors and was supposed to go to the White Mountain Acoustic Festival (in the central Drakensberg) at the end of the month. He also had a passion for motorcycles and deep-sea fishing.”

Sagren said it was a trying time for the family.

“He was the one who held us together. It is not fair that we had to lose him.”

Naidoo’s step-sister Christine gave a eulogy at the funeral and said her brother had just bought the vehicle he was killed in.

“He achieved so much in a short period of time. The Lord knew what he was doing, so we can’t question this. It was his time.”

The cremation was held at Mountain Rise Crematorium.

Noma Kanyile, the group communications manager for Hulamin, said the company provided Naidoo with security protection, after it heard about the first attempt on his life, last Tuesday.

She said Naidoo had a long contractual association with Hulamin, through his previous employers, and he officially joined the company in 2018.

Kanyile said she could not speculate on the allegation that the killing was work-related.

The chief executive, Richard Jacob, added: “All of us at Hulamin are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend, colleague, and loyal co-worker. Our condolences and prayers are with his grieving family and friends, during this most difficult time.”

He was described as diligent, trustworthy and committed.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane, said a case of murder and attempted murder had been opened.

He said Naidoo sustained multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the head, and died at the scene. A female neighbour, 15, was grazed by a bullet.

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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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