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WATCH | Unruly former pupil shot after attacking police at Mpumalanga school



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A former pupil of Mmametlhake Secondary School in Mpumalanga was shot in the leg after he allegedly attacked police officers at the school on Thursday.

Mpumalanga department of education spokesperson Jasper Zwane said the former pupil went to the school to see the principal.

“It is alleged that when he was told he could not see the principal, he became violent and started throwing bricks, destroying the school’s windows. Police were called in to assist… the intruder attacked them until he was shot in the leg,” Zwane said.

The youth was arrested and taken to the Mmametlhake Hospital.

A video recording of the incident has since gone viral on social media.

WARNING: Graphic imagery. Not for sensitive viewers

The 2.15min video, taken by someone inside a classroom, appears to show the attacker hurling bricks at the school’s windows.

Seconds later, a police van is seen speeding onto the school grounds, but the brick-thrower seems undeterred. He shifts his focus from stoning the school building to stoning the police van.

As the officers try to alight from the vehicle, one of the bricks slams into the passenger window, shattering it.

The officers try to retreat, but the brick-thrower continues to attack.

People can be seen scattering in different directions as the attacker comes at them, chasing the police van.

Seemingly in a bid to try to avoid him, the officer behind the wheel spins his vehicle around the attacker, but his colleague is flung out of the van through the passenger door.

The female officer lands on the ground and attempts to stand up, only to fall down a number of times.

The brick-thrower heads in the fallen officer’s direction, with a brick in hand.

Other officers leap out of the vehicle and one opens fire as the assailant prepares to hurl the brick. About three gunshots can be heard as the man falls to the ground and stops moving.

Another officer, armed with what seems like a rifle, moves close to the victim as police check on him. All of a sudden, the officer kicks the man lying on the ground several times.

Police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said the man had clear intentions to inflict “deadly injuries” to the female officer in the police van.

“She had to dive trying to dodge the rain of bricks that the suspect hurled at them. The perpetrator somehow managed to open the door of the police van while it was still in motion.

“It was during that process that the member fell out of the vehicle, sustaining minor injuries,” Hlathi said.

He said police attempted to avoid direct confrontation with the man, but he continued his “inexplicably crazy actions”.

Hlathi said police had no other option than to use force by shooting him.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate had been informed of the incident and would conduct an investigation.

The man was currently in hospital under police guard. Hlathi said he faced several charges, including attacking a police officer and malicious damage to property.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Moses Dlamini confirmed on Friday they will investigate the incident.

“The IPID was notified by the SAPS late yesterday afternoon. The video footage will assist the investigation in clarifying what led to the shooting. The investigation continues and no arrest has been made,” said Dlamini.

The education department will send a team to the school on Friday to investigate the circumstances of the incident and to provide counselling to the affected pupils and teachers.

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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.

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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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