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2016-10-05 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Four people and a dog were injured last week after two vehicles collided on the N3 Highway near the Church Street off-ramp in Pietermaritzburg.

PHOTO: supplied Four people and a dog were injured last week after two vehicles collided on the N3 Highway near the Church Street off-ramp in Pietermaritzburg.

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Oil spill traced to Greys

The source of the toxic oil spill in the Dorpspruit has allegedly been traced to Grey’s Hospital’s incinerator. A thick, tar-like oil was seen blanketing the Dorpspruit River and one of its tributaries on Tuesday and was reported to the Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust (Duct). Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said that the municipality would “follow proper procedures to address the issue”, when asked for official confirmation of the source of the oil spill.

Alleged beggar shooter trial postponed

The case against the man charged with shooting a beggar in the city in May has been postponed to 17 October for the police investigation to be finalised. Altaaf Dawood (25), faces a charge of murder arising from the shooting of Fana Cebolethu Mkhize (17), outside a mosque in Church Street on May 21. He is currently on R10 000 bail pending his trial.
Woman left with skull fracture after crash

THE woman who crashed into a sand pile left behind by municipal workers during a water leak repair has been discharged from hospital, where she was kept overnight after it was discovered she had a cracked skull.

The mound had been formed when municipal workers carried out repairs on an underground leak on Cordwalles Road outside Voortrekker High School on Monday. There was no signage warning motorists of the hazard. Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha apologised to motorists, saying they would “thoroughly” investigate why warning signage was not erected.

Protests of Friday night cause road closures

Police were forced to block off King Edward Road outside the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus after students began stoning passing vehicles last Friday.

Police on scene said one of their vehicles was stoned at around 7pm. Paramedics and police were on scene monitoring the situation. It is believed chaos broke out in retaliation to the news that the 11 students, who were arrested recently, were remanded in custody.

Two shot in Cinderella Park altercation

A man and woman were shot in both their legs in an altercation in Cinderella Park on Saturday night. ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said the two were treated for their injuries and transported to Grey’s Hospital for further treatment. The incident took place on Golden Way Road in Cinderella Park, just outside Eastwood. uMgungundlovu North Cluster spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said the suspect was on the run and police would investigate the matter.

Man granted bail after alleged sexual assault

A 76-year-old grandfather, charged with sexually abusing his two granddaughters, was released on bail on Friday as the state was satisfied he will not pose a threat to the alleged victims. Magistrate M. Boikhutso granted the man bail of R1 000, but warned him to stay away from his granddaughters and not to attempt to intimidate them or to influence the case in any way. The case was postponed to 24 October.

Security guard injured in heist

A security guard died after being shot during a cash-in-transit heist at the Engen 1 stop in Cato Ridge on Monday. The Fidelity guard was shot in the head when three unknown AK47-wielding gunmen opened fire during the robbery. Dozens of used AK47 cartridges littered the scene in the aftermath, bearing testimony to the fierce gun battle which raged when the guards fought back. An employee at the garage, who was not authorised to speak to the media, said the robbers were given empty money boxes, which they fled with. The man said he was working when he suddenly heard gunfire. He fled and found a hiding spot, where he remained until the shooting stopped and the gunmen had gone.

Dog missing after N3 crash

Two dogs and four people were injured last week after two cars collided on the N3 near the Church Street off-ramp. Both vehicles were lying in the middle of the busy highway. A man, two women and a seven-year-old child were injured in the collision.
A large dog had been in one of the vehicles at the time of the collision, and had minor lacerations on its body. Pietermaritzburg SPCA chief inspector Rose Stafford asked that people be on the look-out for the second dog that had run away after the accident. She said that although she had no description of the dog, if people in the area see a dog wandering the streets, they must report it to the SPCA immediately.

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