Durban – Two suspects were killed and a third was arrested following a dramatic chase and shootout on the M7 highway on Wednesday morning.
Working on information received, a joint operation was conducted between the South African Police’s Crime Intelligence unit, Provincial Task Team and the Marshall Security Special Operations Team.
The suspect vehicle was spotted travelling southbound on the N2 national highway and officers began following it onto the M7 towards Pinetown, where the vehicle turned off towards Queensburgh.
Noticing that they were being followed, the suspects jumped the traffic light, fleeing back onto the M7 towards Durban and a highspeed chase ensued with the suspects opening fire on the pursuing officers.
In the haste to evade arrest, the driver lost control of the vehicle, colliding with a member of the public and coming to a stop. Three suspects alighted from the vehicle firing shots at our officers who returned fire, fatally wounding two men and injuring a third who attempted to flee and was arrested by the SAPS. Their accomplice managed to evade arrest, fleeing on foot into a nearby area of dense bush.
The SAPS K9 unit was called in to assist with a search, however, the suspect remains at large.
The injured suspect was treated and stabilized on scene by paramedics, before being taken under police guard to a nearby medical facility for further care.
No member of the public was injured in the collision.
Further investigation revealed the suspects to be in possession of two unlicensed firearms and live ammunition.
The vehicle was confirmed to have been taken in a recent hijacking in the Scottburgh area of the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.
The suspects have been linked to several cases of serious and violent crimes including hijacking and house robbery across the greater Durban area of late.
A search of their vehicle found them to have been in possession of a police radio as well as gloves and balaclavas and information received indicates that the suspects were on route to conduct a possible hijacking.
The scene was secured and handed over to the South African Police Services for further investigation and processing. Source: Marshall Security
Watch: Teddy Mafia’s son-in-law targeted in Shallcross drive-by shooting
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.
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.
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) October 13, 2021
Facebook Down, Instagram and WhatsApp also offline
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.”
We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
— Facebook (@Facebook) October 4, 2021
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.
Husband killed, wife critical as robbers open fire during Joburg home invasion
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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