Picket outside local hospital

2016-04-13 06:00
PHOTO: ian carbutt Picket outside local hospital

PHOTO: ian carbutt Picket outside local hospital

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New modus operandi for hijackers

HIJACKERS have a new strategy and all men who frequent Pietermaritzburg’s red light districts should be very wary of it. Picking up a sex worker off the road may cost you more than you expect with a syndicate now targeting unsuspecting men distracted by carnal interludes in dark city corners. With two similar incidents recently, Pietermaritzburg police believe a pattern may be arising and have warned residents to steer clear of prostitutes.

New deadly drug on city streets

Authorities are waging an urgent war on a new mystery drug that is steadily racking up the death count in KwaZulu-Natal. The drug has already killed almost 12 people, among them school children, and left scores of others in hospital, 23 pupils were admitted at various Pietermaritzburg hospitals for drug overdoses over the Easter holidays. The ecstasy-based pill, which is white in colour and has a piece of metal wire lodged at its core, goes by many names on the streets, including - Mercedes, Mitsubishi and Lacoste. Local authorities and stakeholders are working tirelessly to determine what it is and where the drug is coming from.

Protests at UKZN again

Lectures were disrupted by protesting students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus last week when the university’s Risk Management Services security guards were chased out of a student residential building. A small group of protesting students then stopped fellow students from writing tests and forced unarmed guards to abandon their post in and around campus residences. It is unclear why the protest took place.

Illegal water use monitored

Msunduzi municipal spokes- person­ Nqobile Madonda announced that the municipality would monitor illegal water users by undertaking water balances on a monthly basis and further investigate consumers on an ad hoc basis.
She said there were currently no approved penalties for those abusing water usage and that the public should continue to report illegal water users directly to their call centre or whistle- blowing hotline to be investigated.

The municipality is also engaging­ with the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business and the hospitality­ sector to monitor and educate businesses that operate using a lot of water.

PMB nurse shot dead

The violent death of Sindisiwe Shelembe (26), a Grey’s Hospital nurse who was shot on her way to work last week, has left her family and colleagues reeling in shock.

Shelembe was driving down Townhill on the N3 on her way to work the night shift when an unknown shooter opened fire on her car, striking her once in the head and in the face.
The young nurse is believed to have died instantly with bullets shattering the passenger and driver’s windows before her car hit the barrier a few kilometres before the Peter Brown off-ramp.
The police are investigating a case of murder and at this stage the suspect and motive is unknown.

NORTHDALE Hospital contract staff downed tools to picket outside the hospital last week, voicing their concerns over issues of outsourcing at the facility. The group of about 50 cleaners and security guards called for the end of staff outsourcing and alleged mistreatment of staff by hospital management.

Northern areas taxi strike

There was a strong police presence in Lahore Road last week after all northern area taxi drivers met to discuss their grievances. Sources said the meeting was linked to taxi fares.

PMB water woes continue Pietermaritzburg’s water woes continued over the weekend, with taps running dry in parts of Northdale, Allandale, Montrose, Edendale, Mountain Rise. Prestbury was also left without water for about six hours. Last month the Water and Sanitation Department instructed municipalities to reduce the amount of water supplied to Msunduzi by five percent, because users are not saving enough. This weekend’s water cuts are as result of that five percent reduction. Water cuts will take place on Wednesday, 13 April in Cinderella Park between 9am and 3pm, Wards 34 and 35 affected. Copesville supply will be switched off on Thursday, 14 April between 9am and 3pm, Ward 29 is affected.

IEC voters weekend

There is still a chance for those who did not register to vote over the past final­ voter registration weekend.
KwaZulu-Natal electoral officer Mawethu Mosery said after a “very successful” voter registration weekend, those who have still not managed to register to vote for the upcoming elections on 3 August, can still register at local municipal offices up until proclamation day.

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