Woman’s house torched after girl’s body found
Residents from Senwabarwana in Limpopo went on the rampage and burnt down a house belonging to an elderly woman who they believe was behind the death of a 14-year-old girl, Limpopo police said on Monday. The incident occurred on Sunday. Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said the girl, Morongwa Marakalala from Silvermine village, went missing on May 5. Her body was found on Sunday on a hilltop at Driekoppies. Autopsy results would confirm the cause of death, but she had been “found partially burnt and her hands and feet had been tied”. Residents believed the elderly woman was behind the killing. It was not immediately clear why they suspected the family of being behind the incident. The family members escaped the incident unscathed. Thirteen people were arrested on an arson charge.
Hawks intercept Cape-bound R30m cocaine haul
The Hawks have intercepted a truck carrying cocaine worth more than R30m on the N1 at the weekend. Hawks spokesperson Lt-Col Philani Nkwalase said officers from the SA Narcotics Enforcement Bureau, acting on a tip-off, intercepted the truck destined for Cape Town at a petrol station on the N1 in the early hours of Sunday. The truck's container was loaded with cocaine worth about R30,4m. “Members seized a total of 38 packages containing cocaine and weighing 1kg each. Preliminary investigations have established the container came from abroad and transited through different provinces before making its way to Cape Town,” Nkwalase said. A 37-year-old man was arrested and the truck was seized.
Four bust with rhino horn, indigenous plants
A clandestine operation by law enforcement authorities in Citrusdal led to the arrest of four men for the possession of rhino horn and indigenous plants. The police’s stock theft unit in Malmesbury and Vredendal crime intelligence members teamed up with CapeNature for the operation on Saturday. According to Western Cape police spokesperson Col Andrè Traut, the operation led to the arrest of four men, aged 23, 30, 36 and 46. “They were in possession of a variety of protected flora and a rhino horn. The value of the confiscated items is yet to be determined,” said Traut. SA’s indigenous plants, including the sceletium and conophytum families of succulents, have entered the illicit market as a lucrative product for organised criminals alongside wildlife products such as rhino horn, abalone and west coast rock lobster.
Sums of a beach! Privacy stretched ‘too far’
A plan to allow private beaches in Nice to expand into stretches that were previously free to the public has provoked a bitter row amid accusations of "segregation by money". Christian Estrosi, the conservative mayor of the town, says granting beaches that charge for admission an extra 15m in width is a temporary measure to help them maintain social distancing without drastically reducing the number of customers. But left-wing politicians accused him of cronyism and imposing "segregation by money at the expense of the poor". – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)
Michael Jordan’s vrot takkies fetch R9m
A pair of Air Jordan sneakers worn in a game by Michael Jordan have sold for $560,000 (R9.2m) at Sotheby's auction house, an all-time record for basketball shoes. The white, black and red shoes, made for Jordan in 1985 and autographed by the NBA legend himself, dethroned the reigning "Moon Shoe”, one of Nike's first sneakers, a pair of which sold in July 2019 for $437,000, also at Sotheby's. The latest sale highlighted the soaring market value of objects identified with the retired basketball superstar since the release of The Last Dance, an ESPN/Netflix documentary that chronicles the saga of Jordan and his Chicago Bulls. - AFP
Night at the museum ends in front of judge
Australian police have charged a German student with breaking into a Sydney museum as security footage showed him allegedly taking selfies next to dinosaur exhibits. New South Wales police said Paul Kuhn broke into the Australian Museum on May 10 at about 1am, using nearby scaffolding, before exploring the exhibits for 40 minutes. "He's taken some selfies with some of the displays. He's also stolen a hat and a picture [from] the wall and eventually left," Sean Heaney, chief inspector, said. The 25-year-old appeared in court on Monday on charges of stealing a cowboy hat and a piece of artwork. He was granted bail on the condition that he surrenders his passport and adheres to a curfew. - Reuters