A look back at 2016

2016-12-28 06:01
PHOTO: file Ernst Middendorp resigned as head coach of Maritzburg United

PHOTO: file Ernst Middendorp resigned as head coach of Maritzburg United

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•Controversial Mafakatini traditional healer and businessman Mduduzi Manqele (52) is shot and killed in a joint operation by the police.

South African gospel singer Sfiso Ncwane (37) dies following a short illness. The Ncwane family said the Kulungile Baba hit-maker had been diagnosed with kidney failure.

•Pietermaritzburg pupil Lusanda Chamane receives a scholarship to attend the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in 2017.

Maritzburg United Football Club head coach Ernst Middendorp resigns. He resigned after raising concerns around being targeted in the field of play.


•Commuters from Imbali, Snathing, and other areas had to fork out more after taxi fares increased from 5 September. The fares increased by R1 in all 40 associations under the Umgungundlovu Regional Taxi Council.

•Tsepang Ramonene won the 2016 Mandela Day marathon. The Lesotho-born won the race run between Imbali and Howick and walked away with the R100 000 prize money.

•Irate Imbali Unit BB residents barricaded the road with rocks and burning tyres over the lack of water in the area.

A 10-year old boy was shot in the mouth with a rubber bullet during a water protest in Willowfontein.

•ER24 paramedic Lungelo Sithole was stabbed when he stopped to assist at a motor vehicle collision.

•Students from the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus marched to the provincial legislature rejecting the tuition fee increase of up to eight percent.


•Minister Blade Nzimande attended a launch of the book on the history of the first black high school in Pietermaritzburg, Georgetown high school.

Thousands of Pietermaritzburg residents participated in the first Color Run to come to the city.

•Seven UKZN students who were part of the Fees Must Fall protests were denied bail by the Pietermaritzburg magistrate court.

22-year-old Debra Ngcobo suffered severe wounds after she was burned by a pastor in a healing ceremony in KwaMpumuza. Pastor Sibongiseni Shembe was arrested but charges against him were later withdrawn.


•Charges against murder accused Bonginkosi Shabalala were provisionally withdrawn by the Pietermaritzburg magistrate court due to insufficient evidence. Shabalala was accused of killing Badedile Nthsapa and Phetheni Ngubane who were shot on their way from home from an ANC branch meeting.

•Imbali first primary school, Funulwazi celebrated 50 years. The celebrations were attended by MEC for Social Development Bathabile Dlamini.

•President Jacob Zuma visits the Pietermaritzburg city hall to attend the Moses Mabhida region cadre’s forum.

Pietermaritzburg songstress Noma Khumalo (22) is crowned the winner of season 12’s Idols SA competition.

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