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● MORE se­nior cit­i­zens have come for­ward claim­ing the man, who had al­legedly conned an el­derly women of her R50 000 neck­lace, R700 and a cell­phone, had duped them too. The Phoenix man had al­legedly robbed the grand­mother, 72, at the La Lu­cia Mall. He ap­peared in the Durban Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day on a fraud charge. Fur­ther charges are ex­pected to be in­cluded after more el­derly peo­ple came for­ward. Pros­e­cu­tor Ku­vesh­nie Pil­lay said the State would op­pose bail. The case was post­poned un­til Novem­ber 12.

● PO­LICE are hunt­ing for the killers of two fam­ily mem­bers of the late Strug­gle stal­wart, Ahmed Kathrada.

Yunus Kathrada, 65, and his son Ahmed, 28, were shot and killed dur­ing a home in­va­sion in Sch­weizer-Reneke in the North West on Thurs­day night.

The gun­men fled the scene empty-handed.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The Ahmed Kathrada Foun­da­tion said the tragedy was an­other in the grow­ing number of vi­o­lent deaths and in­di­cated a crime prob­lem, which needed to be ad­dressed in or­der to place the coun­try on the path of growth and sta­bil­ity. ● THE charges against a Phoenix man ac­cused of shoot­ing his friend on New Year's Day were with­drawn in the Veru­lam Mag­is­trate's Court on Thurs­day. Kasa­van Pil­lay, 41, was charged with mur­der, fol­low­ing the death of Keegan Goven­der, 32. It was al­leged that Goven­der had vis­ited Pil­lay after mid­night. Pil­lay was al­legedly ush­er­ing in the new year by shoot­ing blank car­tridges out of a gun. But, a bul­let was lodged in the gun’s cham­ber and struck Goven­der in the back of the head.

● THE body of a man, al­legedly blud­geoned to death with a base­ball bat, was found near the Stan­more Swimming Pool in Phoenix yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The man, be­lieved to have been be­tween 41 and 45 years old, sus­tained se­vere in­juries to his head and face.

A po­lice source said res­i­dents heard screams and saw a group of men flee­ing.

A bro­ken base­ball bat was found near his body, the source said. ● AFTER read­ing of their plight in POST last week, mem­bers of the newly-formed Cross­moor Civic As­so­ci­a­tion do­nated cloth­ing, house­hold items and R9 000 cash to the Goven­der fam­ily, whose Cross­moor home was se­verely dam­aged by a fire last week. Pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Ros­alyn Marimuthu, said: “We are near­ing the fes­tive sea­son and de­cided to help.” | POST Re­porters

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