Weekly news wrap

2016-11-09 06:01
PHOTO: supplied Rubbish was strewn across the CBD streets last week after more than 1 000 municipal workers protested after their contracts were allegedly terminated.

PHOTO: supplied Rubbish was strewn across the CBD streets last week after more than 1 000 municipal workers protested after their contracts were allegedly terminated.

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Information appeal

MOUNTAIN Rise Police are appealing to any person with information regarding the recent murder of Coloured male, Fabian Fortuin (33), from the Eastwood area. It is alleged that the deceased was fatally shot on 16 October at approximately 1pm at the bottle store in Starling Road, Eastwood. He was rushed to hospital and succumbed to his serious injuries. The police are offering a reward for any information leading to a successful arrest and conviction. Witnesses to the murder will be protected in the SAPS Witness Protection Programme. Information can be directed to Warrant Officer Sibusiso Nzuza on 072 516 8907.

Help identify body found at train line

A MAN’S body was found next to the railway tracks in Prestbury on Sunday morning.

The man was found dead with no visible damage to his body other than a gash on his head. He was smartly dressed and appeared to be between the age of 25 and 35. The man had no identification on him and appealed for anyone who knew of a man who had gone missing or had seen any suspicious behaviour on Saturday night or Sunday morning, to call the Prestbury police station on 033 845 7756.

Man shot in Pietermaritz Street

A MAN was seriously injured on Saturday morning in a shooting incident outside a taxi rank on Pietermaritz Street in Pietermaritzburg. ER24 paramedics said the man, believed to be in his 30s, was found in the entrance of the taxi rank surrounded by the local authorities.

Paramedics discovered the man had sustained several gunshot wounds, leaving him in a serious condition. After paramedics treated him he was taken to Grey’s Hospital.

Litter-strewn streets

LITTER was strewn in the streets of the Pietermaritzburg city centre last week when more than 1 000 municipal workers vented their anger after their contracts were allegedly terminated. It is believed the workers marched to city hall and demanded a meeting with deputy mayor Thobani Zuma, but they were unsuccessful. This led to the group trashing the streets.

Numerous deaths on local roads last week

A head-on collision between a bakkie and a car on the R33, before Albert Falls, left the drivers of both vehicles dead and three others with serious head injuries. ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing Harduth said both the drivers were trapped in their vehicles.

ER24 advanced life support paramedic Paul Knoesen said it is believed the two had died on impact.

In a crash on Wednesday night, a woman was killed when her car collided with another vehicle on the N3 near the New England Road off-ramp. ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said they had received a call that someone was driving into oncoming traffic on the N3. Police and the Road Traffic Inspectorate rushed to stop the car, however, when they reached the area, the car had already collided with another vehicle. Vermaak said the driver, who was driving against the traffic, was declared dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle sustained moderate injuries. — Witness Reporter.

Elderly man hit by car

AN elderly Pietermaritzburg man was killed when he was struck by a car on the N3 near the New England Road off-ramp last week. The man, believed to be in his sixties, was crossing the highway when the crash occurred at about 7 am. ER24’s Werner Vermaak said paramedics were approached by members of the community at a nearby petrol station and were told that a pedestrian had been knocked down on the highway.

The paramedics found the man dead and assessed the occupants of the vehicle that struck him for injuries.

‘Town Hall’ meeting for #FeesMustFall

PIETERMARITZBURG’s #FeesMustFall activists reflected on their struggle for free tertiary education and planned ways to forward their cause at a “Town Hall” meeting last Tuesday.

Having to hold their meeting at the city hall because of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) court interdict prevents gatherings on campus, a small group of students, Profs4Protest activists, community members and welfare organisations met to discuss issues affecting the university and students.

The panel also discussed means of legally opposing the university’s interdict that prevents gatherings on campus.

Cable thieves caught

VIGILANT security guards of a local security company led to the arrest of three cable thieves on Monday. Just after 10 am Magma Security guards, who had been patrolling in Clarendon, apparently spotted men sneaking around in the thick bush carrying heavy bags on their shoulders. The guards called for back-up from the SAPS K9 unit who were in the vicinity and responded swiftly. Together they nabbed the suspects at Perth Street in the Pietermaritzburg CBD. The trio were found in possession of bags packed with copper cables and an assortment of aluminium lugs.

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