Two cities, two hits: killings in Cape, Joburg
A man was murdered in a residential complex in Bryanston, Johannesburg, on Tuesday while in Paarl, a man was killed outside a shopping complex, according to reports. ER24 said of the Johannesburg incident: "A man, believed to be in his 60s, was shot dead in a complex off Anslow Road in Bryanston." ER24 paramedics, along with city of Johannesburg and Life Healthcare personnel, found the man lying in the parking area of the complex with a gunshot wound to his head. Details of the incident were not yet known. Western Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said a murder investigation was under way after a “shooting incident that occurred this morning about 11:45am at a parking area at Van Der Lingen Street, Paarl. According to reports an unidentified man was shot and fatally wounded by unidentified suspects who are yet to be arrested. Police detectives are on the scene combing for clues.”
Drug bust accused ‘thought pills were for cancer, HIV’
Seven people accused of manufacturing and dealing in heroin and mandrax following a R50m drug bust were under the impression that they would be manufacturing tablets for the treatment of HIV and cancer. Zainudeen Abrahams, 52, Millicent Skippers, 33, Natasha September, 32, Joseph Groenewald, 39, Jamie May, 33, Stephanie Hamke, 25, and Randall Jacobs, 36, appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for a formal bail application. Defence attorneys Ridwan Sayed, representing Abrahams, and Kiran Subajan, representing the rest of the accused, read out affidavits highlighting exceptional circumstances as to why their clients should be granted bail. The affidavits revealed a common key factor: the accused were hired under the pretext that they would be working at a manufacturing plant for antiretrovirals and tablets for cancer treatment.
Man held after disabled woman found dead
A KwaZulu-Natal man has handed himself over to police after the grizzly discovery of an elderly woman's body in Phoenix, north of Durban, on Tuesday. According to police the 64-year old man handed himself over on Tuesday and allegedly told police he had murdered a woman in a house in Landbury Place. A security company, KZN VIP Protectors, discovered the body of the disabled woman on the floor. Her wheelchair was near her body. "We were called out to the house by a neighbour and upon arrival had to break the lock to gain entry," said Glen Naidoo of KZN VIP Protectors. The woman, 69, whose throat had been slit, was found dead on her bedroom floor. Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the man would appear in court on Wednesday.
Rescued Gaza lions find Free State home
After spending their lives in a war zone, two lions are on their way to their ancestral home in Africa. The lions from Rafah zoo, in the Gaza Strip, are due to land at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Wednesday, a day later than originally planned. Their new home will be at Lionsrock, near Bethlehem in the Free State where they will join more than 100 other big cats rescued by the charity Four Paws. Forty-seven animals from the Rafah zoo were rescued by Four Paws at the weekend and taken 300km to Jordan by road. "The rescue mission was originally scheduled for the end of March but had to be postponed due to ongoing unrest in the region," said Four Paws. The charity's vet, Amir Khalil, said it had been a huge challenge to examine and load 47 animals, which include monkeys, porcupines and wolves, in four days.
Tiny beetle wiping out SA trees
A beetle that carries a fungus that rapidly kills trees – thousands of oak and maple trees in Johannesburg, George, Knysna, Durban and Pietermaritzburg have already been wiped out – has now invaded Somerset West, the City of Cape Town warned on Tuesday. It said the destructive polyphagous shot hole borer (PSBH) beetle had infested a "limited number" of London plane and sweetgum trees in Somerset West, about 45km away. Microbiologist and beetle expert Wilhelm de Beer said recently: "We have never had a beetle so devastating in SA." The beetle from Southeast Asia and about the size of a sesame seed, has been detected in every province except Limpopo he said, declaring it a "national emergency".
One of Clifton’s last vacant sites under hammer
One of the last vacant sites in swanky Clifton - on the Cape’s Atlantic Seaboard - is set to go under the virtual hammer on Wednesday. The prime elevated 455m² plot is among 70 properties which will be auctioned off in BidX1 South Africa’s first on-line auction. According to the 2018 Africa Wealth Report, published by AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth, property prices per square metre for Bantry Bay and Clifton were the most expensive in South Africa, at around R86,500, while Nettleton Road in Clifton remained the poshest address in the country.