Rapist ‘pastor’ lured women on Facebook
A 30-year-old rape suspect masquerading as a pastor, who allegedly lured his victims through social media, has been arrested, police said on Sunday. Police spokesperson Col Adéle Myburgh said the man befriended his first victim, a 27-year-old woman, through Facebook and they later started communicating on WhatsApp. The victim agreed to meet the suspect at a grocery store in Klerksdorp. “The suspect who pretended to be a pastor, met with the victim as agreed and ultimately took her to an open field behind the Technical High School. “The victim was eventually threatened with a knife, raped and robbed of her personal belongings,” Myburg said. A 29-year-woman had been raped in similar circumstances in Ventersdorp. The Klerksdorp Family Violence Child protection and Sexual Offences Unit arrested the man on June 19. Police could not rule out the possibility of linking him to other cases.
Two children shot in farm attack
Two children were shot and injured during a farm robbery in Limpopo, police said on Sunday. Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said a group of armed men stormed the Eersteling Boerdery and robbed farm workers of money and cellphones. “They proceeded to the main house where they also robbed the occupants of cellphones and money. The suspects then broke the window of one of the rooms where two children, aged eight and 12, were sleeping and allegedly started shooting randomly inside the room.” Both children were wounded and taken to hospital. In a separate farm attack along the N1 north of Polokwane on Friday, a 68-year-old woman was attacked with a knife and tied up. “The suspects ransacked the house and in the process, robbed the victim of a cellphone, plasma TV, gas bottle and stove. The victim managed to untie herself and notified community police forum members who then alerted the police.” No arrests had been made.
Woman arrested for murdering boyfriend
A 22-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly murdering her boyfriend in Pretoria, police said on Sunday. “After not being able to reach the deceased on his phone, a relative on the night of June 18 went to check on him at his place of residence. It is reported that the relative found his brother's girlfriend, the suspect, at the residence while his relative's lifeless body was found under the bed, with injuries on the upper body,” police spokesperson Capt Kay Makhubele said. Police were called to the scene and arrested the woman after she failed to explain what had happened to her 36-year-old boyfriend. She is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
‘Shadow of the Wind’ author dies
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, often referred to as the most-read Spanish author since Cervantes, has died of cancer at the age of 55. The writer of ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ and its sequels, whose books have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold 38 million copies, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was reported to have been suffering from colon cancer for two years. - Telegraph Media Group (2020)
French kissing is back, you’ll be relieved to hear
L’amour is in the air and on camera again as France has given its film stars the green light to kissing, provided they have been tested for coronavirus. ‘Non, the kiss is not dead,’ Franck Riester, the culture minister, said when asked if social distancing had put an end to the love scenes that are so crucial in French films. Film shoots resumed earlier this month in France, to the relief of actors and directors, but “they waited a bit before kissing”, Riester said. - Telegraph Media Group Limited (2020)
Cobain’s guitar doesn’t go for a song
The guitar that grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain played during his legendary 1993 MTV Unplugged performance sold on Saturday for a record $6m. The retro acoustic-electric 1959 Martin D-18E that Cobain strummed for Nirvana’s career-defining performance in New York - just five months before his suicide at age 27 - sold after a bidding war to Peter Freedman, founder of RODE Microphones. At $6.01m after fees and commission, the instrument was the most expensive guitar ever sold at auction. - AFP