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2016-07-27 06:00
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Bail denied for accused murderer and rapist

A PIETERMARITZBURG magistrate yesterday refused bail for the man who admitted killing 61-year-old Premawathie Ramdhin of Raisethorpe, but still denies he raped and assaulted her with a bottle. Ramdhin was found dead at her home in Old Greytown Road on 28 May this year. The man’s reasons for wanting bail were that there were family members who were financially dependant on him, including his niece at university, his mother, one of his daughters and his fiancée, with whom he had lived for 20 years. The case was postponed to 30 August.

Attempted rape in Scottsville

POLICE are on the hunt for a man who allegedly attempted to rape a Scottsville woman before stealing her car and fleeing last Tuesday. It is believed the man broke into the woman’s house on Lindup Road near the Alexandra Road police station and attacked the woman. Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said police are investigating a case of sexual assault. Ngobese said the man overpowered the woman and “made sexual advances” while threatening her with a knife. The woman believed to be in her 60s, managed to free herself and ran out of the house screaming. It is alleged her attacker then stole a vehicle parked in her yard and took off. Police eventually recovered the car a few metres away from the house.

Man stabbed to death in CBD

A MAN believed to be between 20 and 30 years old was found stabbed to death in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street yesterday morning. ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said the man was found on the pavement having suffered multiple stab wounds. Police are investigating the accidents.

Man knocked by train, survives

A MAN was lucky to escape serious injury after being knocked down by a train in Prestbury yesterday morning. ER 24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said the man, who was reportedly crossing the railway line when he was hit by the train, was fortunate to suffer only minor injuries. The unidentified man was treated at the scene and then transported to hospital for further medical care. Another pedestrian was also injured, this time seriously, when he was knocked down by a bakkie on the corner of Church and Boshoff streets yesterday. The bakkie then collided with a car. The pedestrian and the bakkie driver, who sustained moderate injuries, were taken to hospital.

Street cleaners attacked in Hayfields

A LOCAL resident is on the warpath after two men in a security vehicle “picked a fight” with Wonder Ndlovu, the man he pays to clean the streets in Cleland and Hayfields. The man said he has for the past three years been employing people on a full-time basis to keep a large area in Hayfields (including Blackburrow Road, C.B. Downes Road, Murray Road, Cleland Road and Hesketh Drive) free of litter and other debris. “It’s my contribution to the community,” he said. Last Wednesday while Ndlovu was going about his daily business picking up litter along Hesketh Drive, a car stopped and the three occupants threw litter from their vehicle. He ignored them, but then they threw out more rubbish. The car “reversed fast” to where he was and the men demanded to know what he was doing. Moments later the driver jumped out with a baton and hit him twice in his stomach Ndlovu said, imitating the thrusts of the baton striking him as he doubled over in pain. Ndlovu said the passenger grabbed the baton and also hit him. The baton struck his elbow and hand as he tried to ward off the blows and protect his face and head. After that the driver punched him all over his body. Anyone who has information that might help the investigation into the assault on Ndlovu can contact Vernon Vogt at 082 492 0288.

Prayer walk in city

HUNDREDS of Pietermaritzburg residents carried wooden crosses and held hands as they gathered at the city hall on Saturday to pray for peace in the capital during election time. With wooden crosses and South African flags raised high, residents from across the city marched from Brookside Mall to the city hall. Flanked by police from Loop Street and Mountain Rise, municipal traffic officers and the Combined Action Team (CAT), residents of all races, ages and cultures gathered at the Brookside Mall early on Saturday morning. Marchers with bright flags and T-shirts reading “pray for our city” listened as church leaders from different denominations spoke at city hall, asking for rain and peace within the city. City Church’s Dave Peters addressed the crowd and said the meeting was “divine intervention”.

Wet weekend weather not enough

THE good rain received over the weekend does not mean the drought is over, authorities have warned. Umgeni Water spokesperson Shami Harichunder said there had been little impact on the levels of major dams. He said Midmar Dam recorded 48,8mm of rainfall over the two days, which was the most rain received in six months, but the dam level remained at a stable 45%. Harichunder said the Midmar level could be unchanged as it is a large dam and rain run-off would make “no noticeable difference”. “Much of the rain already received has been absorbed into parched ground. Consequently, there was no or little run-off into the dam through the river feeder system,” he said. Harichunder added that it would take at least 48 hours for the bulk of run-off to make its way into the dam. “It is estimated that on average between 10% and 20% of rain makes its way into a river system. Therefore, a clearer picture of the impact of rainfall on the level of Midmar Dam will emerge in 48 hours,” he said.

Msunduzi Water and Sanitation manager Brenden Sivparsad said although any rainfall was welcome, “it is still business as usual”. He said the province remained in a severe drought crisis and teams were still planning for the worst case scenario.

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