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2016-07-13 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Paramedics worked frantically yesterday to treat six men who were thrown from a bakkie that rolled and crashed into a concrete wall on the N3 near the Liberty Mall

PHOTO: supplied Paramedics worked frantically yesterday to treat six men who were thrown from a bakkie that rolled and crashed into a concrete wall on the N3 near the Liberty Mall

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Fake attorney’s ‘practice’ shut down

THE Pietermaritzburg high court has granted a final order shutting down the Pinetown law practice of “fake” attorney Stacey Naicker. The society alleges Naicker faked her attorney’s admissions certificate by copying someone else’s certificate and forging the signature of high court registrar Ronel Jooste. The court papers revealed that an investigation was launched into Naicker’s practice in January when officials from the Attorneys Fidelity Fund visited her offices and became suspicious because of her “demeanour and lack of knowledge of an attorney’s practice”. It was then found that her admissions certificate had the same case number as that another lawyer, Drushantha Ramsamy, who was admitted as an attorney in the high court on the same date, 7 June, 2013. Apart from advertising herself as an attorney on Facebook, Naicker also described herself as a lingerie model and posted many photographs of herself in racy poses on various social media platforms.

No arrests made for cemetery attack

MOUNTAIN Rise SAPS reported that there have still not been any arrests made regarding the recent theft of Holby Funeral Homes’ equipment and assault of one of its employees which took place at Mountain Rise cemetery recently. “This matter is still under investigation at the Mountain Rise Police. This seems to be an isolated incident as the cemetery is usually not considered as one of our hotspots. Unfortunately, no arrests have been made to date,” said Captain Gay Ebrahim. Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, Nqobile Madonda, acting municipal marketing and communications manager said that one of the challenges at the cemetery is lack of burial space. “The major challenge we are facing is the lack of burial space, which compels families to do reopens on same family graves which are scattered all over the more than 60 hectares of cemetery land which makes it difficult to have municipal security to guard all undertakers which are conducting burials all over the cemetery land,” she said.

SAPS constable dies

A POLICE constable from the Hilton precinct was killed when his car crashed into a tree on Old Howick Road early Thursday morning. It is believed the officer was driving a state vehicle and was on his way back to the station after going to buy food when the incident occurred. Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said Constable Amos Ndlovu (35) lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree on the roadside.

He was found dead in the vehicle.

Hit and run, culprit yet to come forward

POLICE are appealing for the driver who stopped a Blue Honda Odyssey, which apparently ran over Pietermaritzburg resident Donovan Moodley, to come forward. Moodley was allegedly run over by an elderly woman driving the Honda on Saturday, June 18 at about 7.30 pm.

It is believed a motorist had stopped the woman and told her that there was a body caught under her car. This happened at the intersection of Willowton Road and Chota Motala Road opposite Jumbo Footwear. It is believed that Moodley was run over and dragged for about a kilometre until his body was spotted under the car. He was found dead by police.

Three killed in N3 accident

THREE men were killed when a bakkie rolled and slammed into a concrete barrier on the N3 near the Liberty Midlands Mall last Thursday. Three more men from the same bakkie were left with injuries. It is unclear how many of the men were in the back of the bakkie at the time of the crash. Paramedics raced to the crash site just before 7 am yesterday and found the bakkie upright, but crushed up against a concrete wall. All six men were thrown from the bakkie when it started to roll. According to ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring, police had to close off the right and centre lanes of the highway to allow paramedics to safely treat the men. Meiring said paramedics worked tirelessly to provide Advanced Life Support to three of the men, who were found in a critical condition. All six were transported to the Hilton Life and MediClinic hospitals and three of them died a few hours later.

Copesville standpipes fixed again

ALL standpipes in Copesville where repaired again by Msunduzi Municipality after continuous theft and vandalism of standpipes in the area. “We are always repairing only to have them vandalised and stolen. Not sure how long these repairs will last but we plan to undertake some education in the area. The area is also subjected to theft in relation to brass water meters. Just last night another 20 were stolen in Mercedes Drive which means over the last two months approximately 120 have been stolen. Communities need to understand that we are fast running out of water, and everyone needs to play a role in preserving it. We do not have the resources to guard each and every standpipe in the city, but we rely on individuals to do right, and right now some of us in the communities are not doing right. We can appreciate that we as council can do better with the response times, but we all need to work as a collective in saving the city water,” said Nqobile Madonda, acting municipal marketing and communications manager.

Protests in Woodlands ahead of local elections

WOODLANDS residents found themselves at the mercy of frustrated protesters hurling petrol bombs, stones and bricks early Sunday morning. It was alleged that Woodlands Site 11 residents, unhappy with the choice of the ward councillor candidate, took to the streets to voice their frustrations, with a protest at the nearby Railway Reserve. KZN police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said protesters had blocked Woodlands Road with burning tyres and stones and started damaging vehicles travelling along the road.

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