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2016-09-21 06:00
PHOTO: Ian Carbutt Botanical garden crash.

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Foreign national shot dead in city centre­

BANGLADESHI national Tazul Islam (33), trying to stop armed robbers from getting away, was shot dead in Pietermaritzburg­ after a brazen heist last Tuesday night.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Captain Khosi Khonjelwayo said police are on the hunt for Islam’s killers, who ditched their getaway vehicle and escaped on foot after shooting Islam on Church Street. Islam was walking towards the robbers when the shooting occurred.

It is believed he had tried to get in the way of the robbers, not realising they were armed. The men retaliated and allegedly opened fire. The men abandoned their loot under their getaway vehicle - a Toyota Corolla which had no number plates - and took off on foot.

Petrol price to go up

THE AA said the current data on petrol shows the hike is likely to be around 51 cents a litre. Diesel and illuminating paraffin are currently showing possible increases of around 24c/l. The petrol price decreased from R13,34/l inland and R12,86/l at the coast for 95 unleaded to a respective R12,17 and R11,69 currently.

Plastic water meters in city to prevent theft

THE Msunduzi Municipality has spent more than R1,5 million on replacing stolen water meters in the city this year. Most of the water meters have been stolen in Copesville and Orient Heights. Thefts of water meters increased in the last three months, with more than 700 households in the city targeted during that period. The city is determined to curb the thefts and resulting financial losses and will soon be moving toward installing plastic meters throughout the municipality.

Water waste in Hayfields

SLOW response times from the Msunduzi Municipality and a clogged drainage system may have resulted in parts of Dennis Road flooding when a pipe burst last week. But Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said the water and sanitation teams were working to the best of their ability and called on residents to bear with them.

Extra public holiday this year

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has declared 27 December a public holiday after an appeal by the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa).

A Presidency statement yesterday said the day, a Tuesday, was being declared a public holiday in terms of Section 2A of the Public Holidays Act.

New boss for city SAPS

MAJOR-GENERAL Bongi Sithole, with 30 years’ experience in taking down hardened criminals, is Pietermaritzburg’s new police boss and is ready to deal a crippling blow to crime in her cluster. Since last week, Pietermaritzburg’s uMgungundlovu North cluster - which encompasses 13 police stations in and around the city - has had the new leader at its helm.

Driver crashes into Botanical Garden

LAST week a vehicle crashed through a fence and down a bank into the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden in Pietermaritzburg. According to ER24’s Andrew Rogers, it is believed a woman was driving along Mayor’s Walk when the car in front of her braked suddenly to avoid a truck parked at the roadside. The woman apparently swerved to avoid the vehicle and crashed over the pavement. Rogers said the woman was taken to hospital with injuries to her spine and shoulder. Wet weekend

A THICK layer of snow on the higher peaks at the weekend created a scenic landscape in the Drakensberg and hope for Midlands farmers looking forward to snow-melt filling their farm dams, but the city’s main dams all remain less than half full. Heavy snow fell at Sani Pass and in Lesotho and Bulwer Mountain, not far from Pietermaritzburg, was covered in a white layer. Rain, cold and misty weather conditions gripped the entire province this weekend with the South African Weather Bureau issuing a flood warning for some areas.

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