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2016-09-28 06:00
PHOTO: Ian Carbutt Camps Drift water leak.

PHOTO: Ian Carbutt Camps Drift water leak.

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Residents fed up with Epol stench

MOUNTAIN Rise residents have complained that the “stench” from the Epol factory in Willowtown Road is back, and it’s “unbearable”.

Residents had been complaining of a “pungent stench” in the area for years before a meeting between the municipality, community members and Epol was held in May this year.

Msunduzi Municipality identified the smell as coming from Epol, and said measures should be taken to address the smell.

Paramedic attacked

AN attack on three Pietermaritzburg paramedics on Saturday night has left one paramedic with stab wounds to the face and hand.

While transporting patients from an earlier incident to hospital on Saturday night, ER24 paramedics came across a collision between two vehicles on Manning Avenue. The paramedics pulled over to assess the victims and were verbally abused by four men from one of the vehicles involved in the collision.

ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing Harduth said a member of the public stepped in and disarmed the knifewielding man.

Mountain Rise police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said four men were arrested at the scene and charged with assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, as well as driving under the influence of alcohol. Bodasing Harduth said the injured paramedic received several stitches to his face and hand. He also sustained several bruises.

Addressing whoonga use in community

MOUNTAIN Rise police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said the city’s police were taking the increase in whoonga users very seriously.

She said the police were scouring the city for illegal liquor houses, as well as those selling whoonga, in a joint operation between the uMgungundlovu North and South clusters.

Ebrahim said the operation had already taken off and was a step in eradicating crime by eliminating whoonga and illegal liquor hot spots.

School counsellor brings another bail application

THE former school counsellor facing rape and sexual assault charges is going to bring yet another bail application.

He was previously refused bail in the magistrate’s court on 18 July, and also failed in his bail appeal before the high court on 6 September.

The counsellor’s advocate, Brad Osborne, told Pietermaritzburg magistrate M. Boikhutso that the defence now intends to bring a fresh bail application based on new facts on 5 October.

However, Boikhutso told him that she is waiting for her leave to be approved and it is possible she might not be available to hear the application on that day.

Boikhutso added that because she previously refused to grant the counsellor bail, no other magistrate can deal with the “new” application.

She agreed, however, to adjourn the matter “provisionally” to that date for a possible bail hearing.

Osborne said the defence hopes the application will be heard “as soon as possible” as the counsellor has been in custody for three months already.

Drug bust

POLICE have cleaned up more than R100 000 worth of drugs from Pietermaritzburg’s streets during their latest bust last Tuesday.

One man, a foreign national, is now behind bars for allegedly dealing in drugs after he was found with bags of cocaine and Khat, a leaf chewed for a stimulant effect.

Police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said officers from the uMgungundlovu North task team swooped on Steven Mwaorji (24) at his premises on Harappa Road in the Dunveria area. The officers were following up on information regarding Mwaorji, who has allegedly been operating in the area for months.

RESIDENTS have reported that a burst water pipe under the bridge over Camps Drift has been leaking for more than five months. One resident said he estimated that more than 1 000 litres of drinking water is being wasted daily. He said Msunduzi workers arrived six weeks ago to fix the pipe, but left a gaping hole in the ground from where the water still leaks.

The municipality said it would get more information about the leak.

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