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Two women robbed and raped by ‘good samaritans’ in Verulam

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Durban – The Verulam community is in shock after two women were raped in their area on separate occasions in the same week. In the most recent incident, reported on Sunday, a 22-year-old woman from Durban Central, was robbed and raped after she sought assistance from two men, whom she believed could help her in locating a friend’s home in the area.

Authorities have sent out an urgent appeal to women to be extra vigilant following the recent rapes.

Local security company, Reaction Unit South Africa, met with the victim at about 7:59pm after she was driven to the centre in Verulam by an Uber driver, who she managed to flag down following the incident.

“The victim explained that she was from Park Street in Central Durban and arrived in Verulam by taxi. She was to meet a friend and got lost while searching for her house,” a report issued by the security company stated.

While walking in the direction of Estuary Drive, she met two men and asked them for assistance.

They claimed to know her friend and offered to escort the victim to her home.

“One of the suspects gave the victim his cellphone number in an attempt to win her trust. While walking, one of the men robbed her of her cellphone and her purse containing cash and her bank cards. He then fled the scene. His accomplice dragged her into a bush where he raped her,” the report added.

After he left, the victim managed to flag down a passing Uber vehicle, which stopped to assist her.

The emotional woman described the suspect who raped her as tall and dark in complexion with short hair.

He was dressed in a black T-shirt, blue denim jeans and black Chuck Taylor All Star takkies. The victim believes that both suspects were foreign nationals.

On Tuesday, reaction officers were called out to the corner of Moss Street and Old Main Road after a 28-year-old woman was raped and robbed of her cellphone.

The victim was also assisted by a man, who offered to walk her to a friend’s home in Mslaini, Everest Heights from the Verulam CBD.

“He convinced her to follow him into a bush after he explained that it was a shortcut to her friend’s home. Once they entered the bush, he raped her and robbed her of her cellphone,” the report concluded.

It cannot be confirmed if the same suspect is responsible for both rapes.

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Watch: Teddy Mafia’s son-in-law targeted in Shallcross drive-by shooting

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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.

Read also: Alleged Durban drug kingpin Teddy Mafia killed, suspects beheaded

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.

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Facebook Down, Instagram and WhatsApp also offline

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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.”

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.

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Husband killed, wife critical as robbers open fire during Joburg home invasion

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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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