Mbombela man shot, killed while watching TV

The incident happened at around 10 at night.

A 51-year-old man was murdered while watching TV in his Mbombela home, police have said.

Spokesman Colonel Mtsholi Bhembe said the man died this week Tuesday night after three suspects entered the home, shooting and killing him.

He said the victim whose name is not yet disclosed “was in the sitting room watching TV when the trio stormed in”.

“A fight ensued between the victim and the suspects resulting in shots being fired,” Bhembe said.

He said he was shot in the upper body “and was later certified dead at the scene by paramedics”.

“His wife came out from the bedroom and discovered that her husband was lying in a pool of blood and then called for help.

“Security guards arrived shortly thereafter and discovered that the suspects had already fled the scene,” he said.

He added a TV set that had been stolen from the house was discovered in nearby bushes, saying they were now investigating a murder and house robbery and have launched a manhunt for the suspects, however, no one had been arrested as yet.

Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the three men should call the cops on 082 318 9843.

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Caswell Maseko’s wife in court for his murder

She allegedly stabbed the flamboyant businessman during a cat-fight at their home in Mareldene Estate, eMalahleni town.

The wife of slain businessman Caswell ‘Somahhashi’ Maseko has made a brief appearance at the eMalahleni Magistrates Court, charged with his murder.

She is 26-year-old Itumeleng Maseko and was not asked to plead to the charge.

Maseko appeared in court on Wednesday morning this week (5 Sep), she only applied for bail but the court asked that her bail application be heard on 13 September 2018.

She will now remain in custody until next week Thursday when the application is heard.

Maseko is suspected of killing Somahhashi, a fairly rich young eMalahleni businessman and a member of the Mash Kings gang that is known for drinking expensive whiskeys and showing off their top of the range luxury cars.

Somahhashi died on the Saturday night of 1 September 2018 inside their home of Mareldene Estate, in eMalahleni. Maseko allegedly fled but handed herself over to the cops on Monday.

Her father, who is also a cop, was the first person to be found on the scene – allegedly after Maseko called him.

The court was packed with family members and friends of Somahhashi who were clad in white t-shirts and were there to “support the man in calling for justice to be served”.

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24-year-old Barberton rapist gets 93 year sentence

The young man would break into people’s homes, rob them of belongings at knife point before raping the women.

A high court sitting in Barberton has sent a 24-year-old man to go spend 93 years of his life behind bars for raping 5 women.

Known as Marathon Livanje, the young man committed the crimes about 7 years ago – when he was merely a 17-year-old teenage boy.

He was arrested in 2016 and was positively linked to all the rapes.

Livanje, a very naughty and violent young man, faced 5 counts of rape, 2 of robbery, 3 of housebreaking and 2 of theft.

Police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said Livanje got 50 years for raping the 5 women, 35 years for breaking into their homes and robbing them of their belongings and 8 years for theft.

In one of the incidents, cellphones and a firearm was taken by Livanje, said Hlathi.

“The court ordered that the robberies, housebreaking and the theft sentences, run concurrently with two of the rape sentences,” he said, adding the young man will now spend 30 years in prison as a result of this court order.

In another separate case, two killers were sentenced to 38 years by the Evander Magistrates Court after kidnapping, maiming, and killing a local farmer.

They are 34-year-old Kansas Mintoor and Andries Nkabinde, aged 47.

“The sentencing of the pair comes after the court heard how they shot a 55-year-old farmer while he was entering his house with his wife. They ambushed the couple while they were coming from the airport entering their house, holding them at gunpoint immediately after getting out of their car.

“A struggle ensued between the man and the attackers resulting in a shot going off, hitting the victim.

“The suspects went inside the house, ransacked it and robbed the victims of firearms, laptops as well as belongings before fleeing the scene in the victims’ bakkie, taking the victims along with them.  The bakkie was found abandoned near a local filling station shortly after the victims had been dumped along the road. The suspects were subsequently arrested and had been kept in custody ever since,” Hlathi said.

He added that another young man got a 15-year jail term for raping a 32-year-old woman. He was sentenced by the Mbombela Magistrates Court.

His name is 25-year-old Sibusiso Ndzukula who raped the 32-year-old in 2014.

He was arrested in 2016. The woman had been coming from hospital in the Mbombela area and Ndzukula “accosted and dragged her to a nearby bush, where he raped her,” Hlathi said.

“An investigation was launched which led to his arrest in 2016,” he said.

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Volksrust couple in court for running dagga lab

They were operating the laboratory on their farm in the area.

A Volksrust couple is out on R10 000 bail each after the Hawks allegedly discovered they were planting and then preparing marijuana for distribution.

The Hawks said a 20kg bag of compressed weed was found on the farm of Philip and Sarah Gallie together with 112 dagga plants – valued at R400 000.

Volksrust couple in court for running dagga lab

They were released this week by the Volksrust Magistrates Court on R10 000 bail each and are expected to be back in court on 23 November 2018.

The Hawks said the marijuana found at the farm is “basically higher grade pipe dagga that is cultivated for distribution”.

Hawks boss Major-General Zodwa Mokoena welcomed the arrest.

She warned that similar unannounced swoops will continue in Mpumalanga, saying drug manufacturing and activities are quite disturbing in the province.

“What makes this lab unique is the structure that housed the laboratory, the sophistication of the equipment that was used and clearly the volume that was being harvested,” Mokoena said.

“We will not relent until we arrest those that continue to live lucrative lives in the expense of our people,” she said.

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Woman, girl found murdered in Ermelo

They were found murdered in unrelated cases.

The police in Ermelo are looking for suspects who murdered a 59-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl.

Identified as Anna Lisaia Ntuli, the 59-year-old was found in the bushes of the Ermelo township of Nyibe on Tuesday night this week.

Police investigators say it looks like she was strangled then dumped in the bush.

Dimpho Malevu, who attended Laerskool Ermelo, was from the Ermelo township of Phumula and was reported missing on 29 July 2018 by her parents.

A day later, the 13-year-old was found murdered, dumped in an open field in the Ermelo area on the Hendrina Road.

Anyone with information regarding Mama Ntuli’s murder should call the cops on 017 819 2321 or 082 373 8389. For Dimpho, call investigators on 071 819 2331or 082 373 8389.

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