New evidence has emerged in the case of the murder of South African football star Senzo Meyiwa. According to Lambertus Steyn, a police cellphone data analyst who testified in court, one of the accused individuals, Sifisokuhle Nkani Ntuli, had prior communication with Kelly Khumalo, Meyiwa’s former partner, and singer.
They had contact twice, first on August 2, 2014, and again on October 15, 2014, just days before Meyiwa’s tragic murder. The second call between Khumalo and Ntuli lasted 98 seconds.
Steyn also revealed that Khumalo’s phone had been “cleaned,” with all its data wiped out just a day after Meyiwa’s death. This action could either mean that the phone’s owner intentionally deleted information or that someone with access to the phone remotely deleted data via the internet. Steyn did not specify when the police seized Khumalo’s phone as part of their investigation.
In 2020, it was reported that a hit man involved in the alleged murder plot confessed to police that Kelly Khumalo had hired hit men to assassinate Senzo Meyiwa. A sum of R250,000 was said to have been wagered for the hit, although the full amount was never paid, and one hit man claimed to have received R45,000 in cash.
The motive behind the alleged murder plot was reported to be Meyiwa’s failure to fulfill a promise to marry Khumalo and his failure to disclose his customary marriage to Mandisa Mkhize.
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Currently, Sifisokuhle Nkani Ntuli and several others are on trial for charges including premeditated murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of firearms without a license, and possession of ammunition. All the accused individuals have pleaded not guilty.
Apple’s iPhone 15 is warmly received by Chinese consumers, with strong pre-order sales despite Huawei revival and state ban
Apple’s iPhone 15 Receives Warm Welcome in China Despite Competition and Ban
Apple’s latest iPhone 15 series has made a strong entry into the Chinese market, defying expectations of potential difficulties posed by new competition from Huawei Technologies and a partial government ban. Chinese consumers have shown remarkable enthusiasm for the iconic handset through various sales channels, indicating that Apple’s appeal remains undiminished.
Within the first 10 minutes of iPhone 15 pre-orders opening, Apple’s official website in mainland China experienced a temporary crash due to overwhelming demand. Pre-orders on e-commerce platforms like Alibaba’s Tmall and JD.com also saw a significant surge. Alibaba owns the South China Morning Post.
The initial batch of iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max units available for pre-order on Apple’s official Tmall store sold out in less than a minute, with nine stock replenishments needed in under 30 minutes. Among these models, the premium Pro Max proved to be the fastest seller.
JD.com customers placed over 3 million pre-orders for all four iPhone 15 models, demonstrating substantial demand for Apple’s latest offerings.
Interestingly, the iPhone 15 emerged as the most popular premium model among handsets priced between 4,000 and 6,000 yuan, surpassing its predecessors like the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13. It was followed closely by the iPhone 14, with a Huawei Mate 40 model ranking fourth in popularity.
Beyond conventional e-commerce channels, various on-demand service platforms and online service providers, including Meituan and Ele.me, also witnessed a frenzy of iPhone 15 purchases. Meituan, in partnership with over 5,000 authorized Apple product retailers across China, generated 200 million yuan in iPhone 15 sales within the first 30 minutes of its presales session.
Ele.me, owned by Alibaba, collaborated with more than 3,000 Apple retailers, promising to deliver new iPhones to customers within 30 minutes once they officially ship on September 22.
These robust sales follow the official launch of the iPhone 15 series in China, featuring four models starting at 5,999 yuan. The new lineup incorporates various design and functionality upgrades, including enhanced cameras and new color options.
The premium Pro and Pro Max models, retailing between 7,999 and 13,999 yuan, introduce the industry’s first 3-nanometer chip, the A17 Pro. They also feature titanium cases for weight reduction and a transition to more universal type-C charging cords.
Comparatively, Huawei’s Mate 60 Pro, powered by a domestically produced 7-nanometer chip, is priced at 6,999 yuan.
Additionally, Apple faces a partial ban on government usage, with some government agencies advising their employees not to use iPhones in government buildings. Although the Chinese foreign ministry denies any official ban, the situation suggests certain restrictions on Apple’s government sector market.
Demand for the high-end Pro Max models remains strong, while demand for the standard iPhone 15 models is roughly in line with the previous year, according to Kuo Ming-chi, an analyst with TF International Securities.
Apple is planning to expand its retail presence in China by opening its eighth physical store in Shanghai in early 2024. This will bring the total number of Apple stores on the Chinese mainland to 46, underscoring the company’s commitment to the Chinese market.