Men ‘tried to dump bodies in sea’
Four men were arrested at Strandfontein in Cape Town on Tuesday for trying to dump three bodies into the sea. Cape Town law enforcement marine unit officers were on patrol on Lukannon Drive along the False Bay coastline at 7am when they spotted a "suspicious vehicle" opposite Nautilus Way. "They observed four males walking towards the ocean. They monitored the vehicle and then decided to approach the unknown males," said law enforcement spokesperson Wayne Dyason. "On checking the vehicle they found the bodies of two adult males covered with blankets. Further investigation revealed another body of a male in the bakkie," he said. The suspects were arrested and the matter handed over to police for further investigation. Dyason said that particular stretch of coastline was well known for the dumping of bodies.
Warning over use of Mogoeng’s name in scam
The office of the chief justice (OCJ) has warned the public about an individual using chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's name to scam unsuspecting victims. The office said the person was targeting people with the aim of soliciting large sums of money by claiming to be Mogoeng. This was being done via e-mails being sent from the address email@example.com and text messages from an 064 cellphone number. The office said neither the chief justice nor the OCJ were linked to that e-mail address or to the person claiming to be part of the OCJ.
Eight arrested after 3 men found burnt
Limpopo police have arrested eight people after the charred remains of three men were found in a village outside Groblersdal. Police spokesperson Col Moatshe Ngoepe said the group were arrested in Mpheleng and Naganeng villages on Sunday. They appeared in the Mdutjana Magistrate's Court on Monday facing charges of kidnapping and murder. Llu Time Lebotse, 29, Bethuel Lentsoane, 31, Thabo Maile, 33, Jefrey Mashifane, 38, Godfrey Phasha, 41, Piet Mashabela, 51, Solly Ramoshaba, 55 and Sarah Selahle, 72, were denied bail and the case was postponed to April 17. The bodies of Owen Ncube, 31, Salos Sithole, 23, and Lovemore Basera, 20, were found by a passer-by in a bush around Naganeng village in the Dennilton area this month. They were burnt beyond recognition and a burnt-out Hyundai truck was next to them. “It is suspected that the deceased were severely assaulted … as there were several stones found around the scene,” Ngoepe said at the time.
Thousands of French pupils ‘lost’
Teachers across France have been unable to stay in contact with thousands of students to ensure they are still learning despite being unable to attend class because of coronavirus confinement. Based on the roughly 12-million primary and secondary school students registered in class this year, that means up to 960,000 children could be falling behind. – AFP
Malaysia gives cartoonish virus tips for women
Malaysian authorities have advised women to wear make-up, not to nag their husbands and speak with a cartoon character’s soothing voice during the virus lockdown, sparking a flood of mockery online. In a series of Facebook posts, the Malaysian women’s ministry offered tips for how wives should behave during the lockdown. The post was removed Tuesday afternoon. – AFP
Thailand’s elephant in the room
Many elephants working in Thailand’s tourism sector may starve, be sold to zoos or be shifted into the illegal logging trade, campaigners warn, as the coronavirus decimates visitor numbers. With global travel paralysed the animals are unable to pay their way, including the 300kg of food a day a captive elephant needs to survive. – AFP