Weekly news wrap ‘UKZN 11’ still in jail

2016-10-12 06:00
Mthoko Ngobese was named the SAPS Man of the Province, 2016.        PHOTO:  amil umraw

Mthoko Ngobese was named the SAPS Man of the Province, 2016. PHOTO: amil umraw

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Remote jammers arrested

TWO suspected remote jammers have been taken into custody after police­ officers hunted them down last Wednesday. It took the team of officers only three hours to track down and arrest the duo after receiving information about their whereabouts earlier that day.

It is believed the pair may be linked to other cases of theft out of motor vehicles­ in the province. Officers from Wartburg and Dalton received a tip-off around midday from an informer on the whereabouts of two men possibly involved in a theft out of a motor vehicle­ case that took place in the Pietermaritzburg CBD last month.

Teaming up, the officers reacted swiftly and made their way to a house in Sobantu, where they were told the men would be.

Maistry said the officers staked out the house for two hours until they positively identified the men. In a swoop, the officers surrounded the house and cracked down on the two men, finding them in possession of a mobile Tablet, a firearm with ammunition and remote jamming devices. The seized property was valued at about R20 000.

New speaker for district municipality

EDWARD Dladla is the new speaker of uMngungundlovu District Municipality. He takes over from former mayor and former speaker, Yusuf Bhamjee, who resigned from the position this week. Bhamjee has been sworn in as a member of the provincial legislature. Dladla, who until this week served as the chief whip, was elected unopposed in a special full council meeting held.

Dan Ndlela was elected as the new chief whip.

Four muggings in two weeks

NORTHDALE resident, Yuveshan Moodley, said last Friday he had lost his fourth cellphone after being mugged in the Pietermaritzburg CBD, this time opposite the Bessie Head Library­. The 37-year-old said he was walking along Church Street just after midday when two unknown men approached him and pointed a knife at him. Last Monday he was robbed of his cellphone at the intersection of Church and Retief streets. In the last week of September Moodley said he lost two cellphones as well. He warned pedestrians in the city centre to be on their guard.
Child injured in church event

AN 11-year-old was left with a broken­ leg after he was run over by Thomas the Tank Engine at a church event in Pietermaritzburg last week. The boy was pinned under the vehicle, which was, according to a source, a light motor car remodelled as the popular­ cartoon train.

ER24’s Russel Meiring said paramedics found the boy lying in the parking lot being treated by an off-duty doctor. Paramedics treated the boy and then transported him to the Medi- Clinic Hospital. It is believed children were playing around the “train” during an event at a church in Alexandra Road when one child disengaged the handbrake.

Man stabbed in Washington Road

A PIETERMARITZBURG man is fighting for his life at a local hospital after he was shot by suspected robbers while walking along a busy road on Saturday.

The man, believed to be in his thirties, was raced to hospital by ER24 paramedics, who found him in a critical condition with a gunshot wound to his stomach on Washington Road, Mkondeni. ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said paramedics were flagged down by bystanders, who said the man was shot in a botched robbery.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said the shooter and an accomplice ran into nearby bushes after the incident. Ngobese said police are investigating a case of attempted murder.
UKZN protests continue

SPORADIC protests on Monday at UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus once again saw students involved in running battles with police, with a number arrested last night.

The protest began late on Monday afternoon when about 200 students broke down a gate to gain access to the university campus in Alan Paton Avenue.

The group tried to attack guards from private security company Mi7 by throwing stones at them before regrouping at the main lawns. Police retaliated with stun grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas, and the students dispersed.

The students then began stoning cars on Alan Paton Avenue, but police again dispersed them. They also set alight the university’s film studio on the main campus.

THE “UKZN 11” students­ from the Pietermaritzburg campus, who face charges including public violence, assault and malicious injury to property will learn their fate tomorrow, 13 October. The 11 have already been in jail for 19 days and will have to wait longer to hear if they will get bail. While the defence argued that it is in the interests of justice to release the UKZN11 on bail, so they can write their exams, the prosecution said their release would not be in the interests of justice.

The UKZN11 are Chuma Wakeni, Siyathemba Magwaza, Minenhle Sibisi, Ntabankeka Kopedi, Mayibongwe Ngcobo, Mbali Langa, Lindokuhle Hlongwa, Thembeka Mpanza, Nobuhle­ Shabalala, Siyabonga Mbambo and Samukelisiwe Lubanyana.

PMB cop wins Man of the Province

PIETERMARITZBURG’S link between the police and the community has been hailed as the police’s Man of the Province for 2016. The prestigious award was handed to uMgungundlovu¬ South cluster spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese during the police’s provincial excellence awards last Friday. The Man of the Province award goes to an officer who goes beyond the call of duty to make positive contributions in uplifting disadvantaged communities, maintains discipline and portrays a good image of the police. The judging panel also take into account the officer’s conduct in fostering a sustainable relationship between the police and the community. Ngobese now automatically qualifies for the national award in the same category.

Vehicle crashes into property, injuring four

FOUR people were injured on Sunday morning, including a five-year-old boy, when a vehicle crashed into a property on Pat Newson Road in Pietermaritzburg. ER24 said two women and a five-year-old boy sustained minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle had moderate injuries. They were treated by paramedics and transported to Northdale Hospital.

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