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2016-03-23 06:00
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TVET College lectures suspended indefinitely

AFTER a second mysterious fire broke out at one of Msunduzi TVET College’s buildings last week, lectures were suspended indefinitely. SRC members met with the college management to discuss a way forward and the management suspended all college activities until further notice pending an investigation into the two fires there on two consecutive days. Students said that suspending lectures was not the solution to the poor management at the college. They are calling for the campus manager to step down or be transferred.

PMB freak storm results in flooding

A TAXI pushes through flooding in Allandale Road last Wednesday night after heavy rains in Pietermaritzburg. Raisethorpe, Allandale, Sobantu and Jika Joe were the areas most affected by the flood with Northdale, Darjeeling Heights, Dunveria, Hayfields, Woodlands and Willowton left without electricity. Residents are now pointing fingers at Msunduzi Municipality regarding the damage caused by the flooding because they believe it was compounded by blocked drains which are not cleared often enough by the municipality.

Municipal offices raided

POLICE swooped on offices of the Msunduzi Municipality last Friday in search of evidence concerning allegations that tender irregularities have cost the city more than
R2 billion.
Seasoned detectives combed through the offices of prominent city - officials, including municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi, during the two-hour operation.
The detectives were following up on information surrounding allegations of money laundering, tender fraud and irregularities within the municipality during the 2014/2015 financial year.

Honouring ANC stalwart, Truman Magubane­

A TRUMAN Magubane Foundation, which aims to help underprivileged children in Msunduzi and surrounding areas, is in the pipeline according to former president Kgalema Motlanthe, who made the announcement on Friday at the city hall.
Motlanthe was speaking during a lecture organised by the city to honour its chief whip and ANC stalwart Truman Magubane (74), who spent 15 years imprisoned on Robben Island and shared a cell with Motlanthe for 10 of those years.

Another ‘Five-Minute-Gang’ in PMB?

A CREW of burglars with the same modus operandi as the infamous “Five-Minute Gang” is confounding police and striking fear into the hearts of residents in suburbs around Hayfields.

This gang, however, has a few extra tricks up their sleeves by constantly leaving their hideout to evade police and regularly change their getaway vehicles, making it difficult for detectives to hunt it down.
According to numerous police sources, the gang has struck more than 20 homes in the Hayfields, Cleland, Pelham and Lincoln Meade areas since mid-January.
In their latest strike, gang members burgled a house in Adams Road, Hayfields, on Saturday evening.

PMB’s super cops

MOUNTAIN Rise police station Warrant­ Officer Ravie Pather (right) and Sergeant Chris Khanyile are saluted by uMgungundlovu North cluster commander Brigadier Francis Bantham­ after the pair scooped second place for the visible policing team of the year in the police’s national service awards in Pretoria recently. The duo took second place in the visible policing team of the year component after they single-handedly led to 300 arrests and recovered about R350 000 worth of stolen property in the financial year ending in 2015.

More protests in the city

FIRES illuminate the shields of two Public Order policemen as they clear rubble from the entrance to France township last Tuesday evening after people, protesting against the use of taxi cards, fled the scene. Police used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse the crowd wielding rocks and sticks.

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