We’ve got all the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa you really need to know on Friday 3 December 2021.
Grim is the right word to use to describe the latest news. In yet another inhumane brutal farm attack in South Africa, farm attackers tried to push a six-year-old boy into the oven in an attempt to force the family to hand over money to them. The farmer watched in fear as farm attackers tried to push his six-year-old son in the oven during a brutal farm attack in Mpumalanga.
In more disturbing news a video of a Pakistani national getting shot in Fordsburg has shocked social media users across Mzansi. The footage was shared by Yusuf Abramjee via Twitter on Thursday afternoon
Meanwhile, a police officer in the Free State shot his girlfriend nine times before shooting himself in the mouth. And near Orania police discovered illegal explosives which have raised questions about what, exactly, the suspect was planning to do with these illegal explosives.
In yet another inhumane brutal farm attack in South Africa, farm attackers tried to push a six-year-old boy into the oven in an attempt to force the family to hand over money to them.
A family in Mpumalanga was attacked and overpowered by armed men in broad daylight on Saturday.
Niël Bierman (47), his wife, Sonja (43), and their children, Daniel (13), Jacobus (10), and Gideon (6), miraculously escaped unharmed from the attack. The family farm is near Ogies and they also run a guest house for contractors who spend the night in the area. They have been living on the farm for the past 15 years.
Sonja said she was on her way to take Gideon to the doctor at around 09:45 on Saturday when a woman and two men arrived at the house to inquire about accommodation.
“I had one eye on my laptop when I saw the two men leave the house. When I looked up again, a group of seven armed men suddenly stood in front of us. There was almost no time to react, and in the blink of an eye, seven men, armed with a shotgun and five pistols, tied up Niel and kept him in the kitchen,” she said.
A Free State police officer allegedly murdered his girlfriend on Wednesday afternoon, 1 December, before shooting himself in the head. The Independent Police Investigation Directorate (IPID) is investigating the matter, which was reportedly carried out with a service firearm while the suspect was on duty.
IPID National spokesperson Grace Langa said the police officer, who was stationed at the Buffelshoek Police Station in Free State, shot his girlfriend nine times at approximately 16:35 on Wednesday.
A video of a Pakistani national getting shot in Fordsburg has shocked social media users across Mzansi. The footage was shared by Yusuf Abramjee via Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
The Pakistani national immediately fell to his death on the Fordsburg street. The shooter then took a second to seemingly confirm if the shot was successful before turning around to flee the scene.
A voice in the video’s background is heard yelling “he shot him in the head, point-blank,” the voice said.
“He just shot him. He took nothing. He just shot him.
SAPS have praised officials working in the Hopetown district of the Northern Cape, after they discovered a trove of illicit ammunition and explosives at a plot near Orania. A 48-year-old man was swiftly arrested on Wednesday.
A court appearance beckons for the offender, as law enforcement officials try to uncover why the male suspect had such a large collection of illegal goods. Dozens of rounds of shotgun ammunition, more than 60 blanks, and even a trip flare were amongst the items found at the plot.
The police were tipped off by a concerned member of the public, which led to the operation being carried out yesterday. It didn’t take the search team long to find what they were looking for…
South Africa recorded more than 11 000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 2 December, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 51 402 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 22,4 percent up from yesterday’s 16,5 percent. Gauteng continues to drive the wave of new infections.
The 11 535 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Thursday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 47 328. Unfortunately, 44 more people died of COVID-19-related complications, according to the NICD, bringing the death toll to 89 915.
What a difference a vaccine makes. Data shared by the Gauteng Government on Thursday paints the clearest picture yet of just how effective the COVID-19 jabs are when it comes to protecting us against severe illness – and it also appears that the shots are able to neutralise the threat of the Omicron variant.
Slides presented to the public on Thursday show how the rise in new infections, caused by the arrival of Omicron, has not translated into a high number of hospitalisations so far – and that’s almost exclusively down to the vaccine.
Comparative data reveals that the increase in cases requiring inpatient treatment over the last two weeks is LOWER than what we’ve seen at the same stage, in the previous three waves of COVID-19.
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