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2017-01-18 06:02
PHOTO: Ian Carbutt  Armed men stormed Bridgelall’s Hiring Services in Northdale, tying up the owner, her customer and three staff before ransacking the place last week. Bridgelall’s operates from the home of owner Shakun Bridgelall (56) in Bombay Road. No one was harmed during the incident. Mountain Rise police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said the robbers escaped with an    undisclosed amount of cash and jewellery as well as a flat-screen TV. She said the incident was being investigated and no arrests had been made yet.

PHOTO: Ian Carbutt Armed men stormed Bridgelall’s Hiring Services in Northdale, tying up the owner, her customer and three staff before ransacking the place last week. Bridgelall’s operates from the home of owner Shakun Bridgelall (56) in Bombay Road. No one was harmed during the incident. Mountain Rise police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said the robbers escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and jewellery as well as a flat-screen TV. She said the incident was being investigated and no arrests had been made yet.

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Man drowns in Duzi

THE body of Sandile Ncgobo (40), was found in the Duzi River last Thursday.

It is believed he was fishing with three other men when he fell into the river. According to Msunduzi South cluster police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese, divers were called in an attempt to save Ngcobo, however, when the divers got to him he had already drowned.

The divers believe that Ngcobo’s foot was hooked onto something that pulled him deeper into the river.

Housing project on the cards for Mkondeni

MSUNDUZI Municipality is working on a temporary housing project for people squatting in the Mkondeni area.

A tender was advertised for the planning, designing and construction of an interim housing project of approximately 2 000 units for the Mkondeni community.

The project, he said, follows the invasion of properties that were previously acquired in the area by the municipality.

Msunduzi Municipality said that it would be fast-tracking the project with construction set to commence by mid-year.

Hilton robber to make formal bail application next week

THABANI Mkhwanazi, who was shot by police while his accomplices fled after they allegedly tied up two Hilton brothers and looted their home, made a brief appearance at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court last Friday.

The Hilton boys, Hayden (20) and his 15-year-old brother, Warick, were allegedly bound, gagged and held at gunpoint while a gang of about five ransacked their home near Azalea Drive in Hilton in December. The ordeal lasted for almost an hour.

The robbers allegedly started Hayden’s VW Polo, which was parked outside the house, and made roundabout trips back and forth as they packed almost everything from inside the house into the car.

At that time Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said the robbers allegedly offloaded the stolen goods at a house in the France township before making their way into the Pietermaritzburg CBD.

Less than two hours after the robbery, the gang were tracked to the Pietermaritzburg city centre where they allegedly opened fire on the police officers who were chasing them, resulting in a fiery gunbattle that left Mkhwanazi injured. The others fled.

The case will return to court on 24 January for a formal bail application by Mkhwanazi.

Residents call for CAT to be reinstated

CONCERNED local residents have created and signed a petition calling for the Combined Action Team (CAT) to be reinstated, this after the initiative was canned for the second time last week.

Residents said CAT played an important role in combating crime in and around the city and they fear that without the team, crime could escalate. According to former Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson Jay Jugwanth, CAT had successfully made over 400 arrests, recovered close to R8 million in stolen goods and seized a large number of licensed and unlicensed firearms used for crimes in one year.

Jugwanth said he supported the petition and would like to see CAT “back in action”. He added that the CPF was involved when CAT was formed.

“However the CPF was not consulted when the decision to disband CAT was made. There was less crime and more safety when CAT was still operating,” Jungwath said.

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