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2017-02-22 06:02

Paramedic attack to be investigated

UMGUNGUNDLOVU South Cluster Commander Major-General Phumelele Makoba has ordered an investigation into the police’s handling of the matter of paramedics who were hijacked. The paramedics were attacked while they were responding to a maternity call on Saturday night in Slangspruit.

UKZN staff suspended

THE suspension of five University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) top executives last Monday has revealed major differences of opinion between the staff, students, and unions.

While some have shown their support for the five suspended executives, others have applauded the suspensions, saying the executives had a “negative impact” on the university.

The five were suspended on Monday following accusations of incompetence and racism against vice-chancellor Professor Albert van Jaarsveld in 2015.

Armyworms identified

THE Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in KwaZulu-Natal has identified Armyworms on two farms located in two districts of the province but have isolated the cases.

The first farm is in the Uthukela district and the other in the Umkhanyakude district, said department spokesperson Khaye Nkwanyana.

Nkwanyana said the department responded by using pesticides and other chemicals before the pest spreads to neighbouring farms.

“While we cannot rule out the spreading capabilities, which is a function of the wind, the department is putting up virus-tracking mechanisms so that reliable data and accurate predictability about its spread trajectory can be achieved for purposes of trapping interventions,” Nkwanyana said.

The KZN department assembled a team of scientists within the department into an outbreak monitoring team located in all 11 districts.

“We are calling for both commercial and subsistence farmers in our rural communities to be on the alert and work closely with our local and district offices, including reporting immediately if the worm has emerged in their crops,” said Nkwanyana.

Good Samaritans help elderly lady

A SCOTTSVILLE woman whose cellphone was snatched as she drove through the city centre, has heaped praise on three men who helped her. Isabel Maritz was on the corner of Boshoff and Langalibalele streets when a man struck her on the face and took her cellphone.

Musa Dube, Siyabonga Ndiweni and Bongani Mthembu were walking in the area when they saw the mugger attack Maritz. Ndiweni said the element of danger involved in being a Good Samaritan will always be there but urged people to assist when someone is in trouble.

Maritz said she tried to open a case at the Loop Street police station last Friday but the police were dismissive, saying that her cellphone was returned and the suspect had run away.

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