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2016-05-11 06:00

Firearms seized in provincial operations

KWAZULU-NATAL police, including the provincial task team, the National Intervention Unit, K9 units, crime prevention and Public Order Police conducted operations from 1 May to the early hours of 7 May, aimed at arresting wanted criminals, seizing unlicensed firearms in the province.

Operations were conducted in most areas in the province. A total of 36 suspects were arrested and charged for possession of firearms and ammunition. A total of 37 firearms were recovered and seized which included 31 handguns, five homemade firearms and one shotgun and 114 rounds of ammunition. All suspects appeared in different courts within the province. Recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic testing to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the province.

City on the alert following heavy floods

SEVERAL areas in eThekwini Municipality have been hit by heavy floods following torrential rains that fell in the past 48 hours. The weather office reported 126mm of rainfall in the Durban south and central, 92.8mm in Virginia between 8pm Saturday and 8am on Sunday.
eThekwini emergency services had received 76 calls by 2pm on Sunday, 9 May, and the fire department had responded to all the reports. A number of families in informal settlements of Umlazi and a transit camp in Isipingo had to evacuate as they feared a nearby river that had burst its banks. Emergency teams are on the ground assessing the situation to determine assistance that is required. Further reports can be made to this emergency services number 031 361 0000.
Water restrictors not for sale
THE eThekwini Municipality is installing water restrictors to over 500 000 households in the city to save water. Water pressure will be reduced after the installation of water restrictors. It has come to the city’s attention that there are individuals who are charging home owners to install water restrictors. The installation is free and the restrictors are not for sale. This is one of the city’s interventions to combat drought.
Residents should note that municipal officials and contracted companies installing restrictors will not go inside houses, however, they will be installing these at a water meter outside the house. If anyone poses as a municipal employee and demands payment for the installation, they should immediately be reported at the nearest police station.
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