Gunmen steal RTI minibus

2008-12-03 00:00

CRIMINALS stole a Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) vehicle after they held up a security guard at a Pietermaritzburg bed-and- breakfast lodge in the early hours of yesterday.

An official at the Aintree Lodge in Scottsville said a number of traffic officers, who are booked at the lodge, park RTI vehicles on the premises. They are attending a six-month course in Pietermaritzburg.

Police said Paulos Lekhooa (38), the security guard, was patrolling the lodge premises when two men confronted him with a firearm at about 2.30 am.

They tied his legs and hands to a chair with electric cord.

Later they drove off with an RTI Toyota Hi-Ace minibus. The vehicle’s number plate is

KZN 11605, and it has RTI stickers on both sides.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan has appealed to anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Sergeant Pravesh Govender at 033 845 7724 or 082 803 7799. Anonymous callers should contact Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

— Witness Reporter.

PMB storm wrecks over 100 houses

MORE than 100 houses were damaged by the heavy storm that swept across parts of Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday, Msunduzi’s disaster management unit said yesterday.

“Most of the damage caused to the houses was roofs being blown away, but there were also about 12 houses that were completely destroyed,” said Graeme Ngcongo of the unit.

No people were reported injured.

Ngcongo said, however, that the total number of people affected could still rise as disaster management teams continue to assess the damage and dispatch help.

The areas affected are in Ward 5 (Kamancenga, Vulisaka, Emvundlweni, Henley Dam and Mbizane area), Ward 4 (KwaShange 1 and 2, Mbubu, Msunduzi and KwaMpande), Ward 20 (Smero and Caluza) and Ward 3 (Nxamalala).

Tuesday’s storm was the second in three weeks. The first, on November 12, displaced 1 441 people and destroyed 300 houses.

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