South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Sunday 27 February 2022

A lot can change overnight, but we’ll keep you in the know with the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa on Sunday 27 February 2022.

Gauteng police say they made a big breakthrough this week, by arresting a 37-year-old man described as the “mastermind and kingpin” behind several kidnappings. The man is believed to be behind multiple high-profile kidnappings and ransom demands across Gauteng and Mozambique. 

After almost a year of the petrol price mostly going up and up and up. It is going up AGAIN by an even larger amount next month. With Ukraine literally being invaded by Russia and the world watching on, the price of Brent Crude has soared.

The world’s biggest group of hackers, Anonymous, has now joined the fightback against Russia. They’re going after Putin.

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Carla Steytler, a second-year student in radiography at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein (CUT), died unexpectedly this week after collapsing on campus. Carla’s parents from De Aar in the Northern Cape, Henry and Carin Steytler, said the university phoned them on Tuesday to say that Carla was not feeling well and that she had collapsed. 

In more sad news, the 13-year-old boy who was brutally murdered in Klawer was laid to rest in the small West Coast town on Saturday.Jerobejin van Wyk, 13, was killed earlier this month after allegedly stealing mangoes from a resident’s garden.

On Saturday, the Klawer community, together with the family and friends of Jerobejin, gathered to say their final goodbyes.

TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Sunday 27 February

Gauteng ‘kidnapping kingpin’ nabbed by SAPS

High-profile kidnappings have become a lot more common to South Africans in the last few years. From prominent businessmen to the mysterious case of the Moti brothers. Gauteng police say they made a big breakthrough this week, by arresting a 37-year-old man described as the “mastermind and kingpin” behind several kidnappings.

The man is believed to be behind multiple high-profile kidnappings and ransom demands across Gauteng and Mozambique. SAPS Colonel Athlenda Mathe says the arrest was made on Wednesday afternoon. Drugs were also found during the arrest.

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Confirmed: Petrol price to ROCKET up by over R1.40 in March

It’s not very affordable owning or driving a car in this country at the moment. After almost a year of the petrol price mostly going up and up and up. It is going up AGAIN by an even bigger amount next month. With Ukraine literally being invaded by Russia and the world watching on, the price of Brent Crude has soared. At the same time, we know the South African fuel levy constantly eats away at the nation’s wallets.

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has now released the official adjusted fuel prices for March. These increases will take effect from the 2nd of March (midnight on Tuesday).

Click here for details.

Anonymous attacks: Global hacking collective fights back against Russia

They are Anonymous, they are legion, expect them. That’s the slogan of the global hacking group. And as Russian forces continue to invade Ukraine, Anonymous has declared war against Russian President Vladimir Putin. The hacking group says it is doing all it can to come to the defence of Ukrainians AND help Russian civilians receive more than just censored information.

The group took to Twitter on Saturday to reveal that it is working hard to keep Russian government websites shut down.

“Anonymous has ongoing operations to keep .ru government websites offline, and to push information to the Russian people so they can be free of Putin’s state censorship machine. We also have ongoing operations to keep the Ukrainian people online as best we can.”

Click here to read more about the plans of this group.

Student who collapsed and died on Bloem campus described as go-getter

The 24-year-old Carla Steytler, a second-year student in radiography at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein (CUT), died unexpectedly this week after collapsing on campus.

Carla’s parents from De Aar in the Northern Cape, Henry and Carin Steytler, said the university phoned them on Tuesday to say that Carla was not feeling well and that she had collapsed.  Carla and another student were walking to a venue on campus around 12:00 on Tuesday when she suddenly started feeling unwell. 

“She said she felt tired and stood against a wall before collapsing. She said she could not breathe and was taken to the clinic, “Henry explained.

“The clinic called and asked if we had a family member in Bloemfontein because Carla did not feel well. We said we have no family there and will get by on our own.”

“As we didn’t have any family in Bloemfontein, we immediately got in the car and started driving to Bloemfontein on Tuesday afternoon.

“When we arrived there, we were informed that she had died at the campus clinic,” said an emotional Henry. 

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WATCH: Murdered Klawer boy laid to rest on Saturday

The 13-year-old boy who was brutally murdered in Klawer was laid to rest in the small West Coast town on Saturday.

Jerobejin van Wyk, 13, was killed earlier this month after allegedly stealing mangoes from a resident’s garden. On Saturday, the Klawer community, together with the family and friends of Jerobejin, gathered to say their final goodbyes.

Jerobejin’s school friends flanked the entrance to the local community hall while family members brought the white coffin of their friend into the hall. In an emotional goodbye, Jerobejin’s mother was supported by a family member while the community member sang praise and worship while dancing around his white coffin.

Click here to read more about the funeral and to watch video.

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