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2016-08-03 06:00
PHOTO: Supplied A Roy Campbell Drive residents' driveway was completely flooded after the Napierville reservoir overflowed last week for the third time in a few months.

PHOTO: Supplied A Roy Campbell Drive residents' driveway was completely flooded after the Napierville reservoir overflowed last week for the third time in a few months.

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Rapist and murderer sentenced to 20 years

A MAN who admitted he raped and stabbed a woman to death in the city centre after she changed her mind about going home with him was jailed for 20 years last week. Dumisani Ngubane (26) pleaded guilty before regional magistrate Mishi Singh to the rape and murder of Lungile Happy Manyoni (33) on 19 July. He was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment on each of the two charges but ordered that 10 years run concurrently. This means he must serve an effective 20 years.

Alcohol delivery crew held at gunpoint

A DRIVER and his crew delivering alcohol to a Pietermaritzburg tavern were held at gunpoint and hijacked, their attackers making off with a stash of cash and a truckload of booze. Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said the driver (35) and his crew were transporting liquor to the Pakkies area near Copesville when they were approached by two men, one of whom was carrying a firearm, who allegedly held the crew at gunpoint, binding their hands and leaving them in nearby bush before fleeing in the truck loaded with alcohol­.

The crew were left unharmed. The truck belonged to well-known Pietermaritzburg­ bottle store, Cut Price Liquors. A store manager yesterday said his driver and staff were not injured and managed to free themselves after their attackers escaped.

Safety assured at voting today

POLICE have ensured voters will be safe when casting their ballots today with teams of officers monitoring stations across the province. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said a security plan is in place to ensure that during elections, the citizens of the province will vote “freely, enjoying their constitutional rights to choose their preferred candidate to represent them”.

He said static officers will be placed at some of the voting stations to make sure that no criminal activities are taking place.

In addition, a special task team was formed to investigate all local government election-related cases.

“We are calling upon the community to co-operate with law enforcement structures that will be deployed across the province,” Zwane said.

Residents fed up with trucks

IRATE residents and fuming motorists say they are “completely fed up” with truck drivers who continue to damage pavements and ignore the rules of the road. Some frustrated motorists and residents­ in the Hayfields area said they have waited almost 45 minutes for trucks to make U-turns on Hesketh Drive and New England Road. With the continuous use of the area as a truck stop, roads are often blocked and reduced to one lane. The situation s worse in the evenings as the trucks make their overnight stops. Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the city spent almost R500 000 on repairs and maintenance of the Hayfields “truck stop” and said that fines are issue to the truck drivers.

Female scamster arrested

A WOMAN accused of scamming people by allegedly promising them government jobs and state vehicles has been fingered for also allegedly duping local bed and breakfast establishments. Now police are calling for more people or businesses who may have been scammed by her to come forward. The 32-year-old woman has been arrested and charged so far with nine counts of fraud arising from the alleged “jobs” scam. Meanwhile, two Scottsville B&B establishments have reported being scammed by a woman fitting her description. The manager of one local B&B, who asked not to be named, said the woman owes them more than R15 000 for a two-week stay earlier this month. Another well-known B&B reported being duped out of R4 800 by a woman who stayed there for eight nights.

The manager said the woman claimed to be an accountant conducting audits of local schools. She said she had stayed at the same B&B last month but paid for her three-night stay. She returned to the B&B two weeks ago. Police are calling on anyone who may have been scammed by the woman to come forward and contact Warrant Officer Sydney Reddy at 073 206 2424.

EAG wins fight for free basic electricity

ALL indigent households in Msunduzi now qualify for free basic electricity, including residents with prepaid meters, in terms of an agreement reached at the city’s high court yesterday. This after the Electricity Action Group (EAG) and a group of poor women brought a “public interest” case against the municipality, Eskom Holdings, the National Energy Regulator of SA, the minister of Energy and director-general of the Department of Energy. Their aim was to clarify the rights of all indigent citizens to access free basic electricity in Msunduzi. The court order provides that Msunduzi will manage the applications by people with prepaid meters for indigent status through its usual administration procedures.

Msunduzi also agreed to take steps by 31 October to assess and when necessary to repair or replace prepaid electricity meters that were dysfunctional or were removed and replaced with the incorrect homeowner’s meter.

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