Durban – Employing a new modus operandi a gang of women thieves posing as bank staff made off with a Durban North resident’s laptop earlier today.
Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said a gang of four women and one man arrived at the residential property in a white VW Jetta at around 10 am. “The suspects told the domestic worker that they were bank staff and had come to see the property, which they assumed was for sale. The domestic worker opened the driveway gates and the suspects then drove their vehicle onto the premises,” Mathios said.
“When they entered the property they asked to use the bathroom and the domestic worker then went outside and left them alone in the house. One of the suspects went into the bedroom and allegedly stole a laptop before the gang left the premises. No injuries were reported,” he said.
Mathios said it was only when the resident returned home later and could not find her laptop that the domestic work informed her about the suspects, posing as bank staff, who had arrived earlier. Residents need to regularly remind domestic workers and garden staff not to allow anyone onto the property without prior instruction and authorisation.
“Home owners need to warn their domestic staff about this incident and to remind them not to allow any people posing as bank staff, contractors, or municipal meter readers onto the premises. Even if a plumber or electrician is scheduled to arrive to complete work at home, make sure that your domestic worker knows the person’s name so they can correctly identify the contractor and contact you when they arrive,” he said.
Mathios advised residents to also make sure domestic staff are familiar with the panic buttons around the house and that they are equipped with a remote panic button that they can press in an emergency if they are working outside. Blue 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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