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2017-03-01 06:02

On trial for farm murder

TWO men are standing trial in the Pietermaritzburg high court for the murder and robbery of an Ixopo farmer, Anton Verwey (67), on March 7 last year. While the two have admitted that they went to the farm to commit theft that night, they have both distanced themselves from the stabbing.

Reunited with mother

AYSHA Sadique was finally reunited with her daughter Aliza Aboobaker (three) last week AFTER she made a desperate plea to members of the public to help find her little girl.

She opened a missing person’s inquiry at Mountain Rise police station on February 16.

Police said the child was safely returned to the mother at the Pietermaritzburg Children’s Court and uMgungundlovu North cluster spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim confirmed that a warrant of arrest was issued. The matter has been adjourned for 20 March.

SAPS success

MOUNTAIN Rise police units, Vispol and the detective unit arrested 17 suspects and recovered a luxury vehicle stolen earlier this month.

The suspects were arrested for robbery, rape, theft of copper cables, theft out of motor vehicles and possession of drugs.

The recovered vehicle is a silver Infinity valued at R800 000, which was stolen on February 2.

The station commander, Brigadier Boxer Pillay, commended the police units for their commitment in making the community safer by arresting the suspects responsible.

Shooting at Public Works

A PUBLIC works employee and her male relative were critically injured yesterday allegedly as a result of a domestic dispute. The woman’s boyfriend allegedly shot the pair before he shot and killed himself. The incident unfolded on Friday morning in the parking lot of the Pietermaritzburg Public Works department. Police said that they will not be releasing the names of those involved in Friday’s shooting incident at the Department of Public Works in Pietermaritzburg. The shooting left a department employee and her relative fighting for their lives, while their shooter was declared dead at the scene, after he shot himself.

The shooting happened at the department’s parking lot after an argument at the gate.

The woman is said to be fighting for her life at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg hospital.

Department spokesperson Kiru Naidoo said counselling had been offered to traumatised staff at the department.

Social grant increases in new budget

SOCIAL grant increases, all coming in well below current rates of inflation, were announced by the government in the Budget last week.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said the increases would take effect in April, and were supposed to compensate for consumer price inflation.

The old age grant will increase by R90 to R1 600 for pensioners over the age of 60 — an increase of about 5,9% — and to R1 620 for those over 75.

Inflation was at 6,8% in January this year.

The disability and care dependency grants increased by R90 to R1 600 a month.

Foster care grants increase by R30 to R920 per month — a 3,3% increase.

The child support grant increases by R20 to R380 per month, representing a 5,5% increase.

Gordhan also said that Kwa¬Zulu-Natal’s Education Department was piloting the rollout of sanitary pads at schools.

Local teacher attacked

PIETERMARITZBURG primary school teacher was attacked and threatened with rape and murder by two men during a robbery last Tuesday.

The woman, believed to be in her sixties, arrived at her home in Lincoln Meade to find two men in her house. The men allegedly switched off the home’s electricity before she arrived, ensuring that the alarm battery was not working.

PMB Security head Mary Ann Jeffery said the men tied the woman’s hands and feet together with telephone wire before shoving a facecloth into her mouth and covering her mouth with duct tape.

Jeffery said the attackers told the woman they were going to rape her and then kill her as they wrapped her inside a duvet cover.

She said eventually once the woman could no longer hear anyone in the house, she struggled to get the duct tape off of her mouth and tore through the duvet with her teeth to escape.

Jeffery said the house had been ransacked but it appeared that only jewellery and a cellphone were taken. The woman managed to get out of the house, still tied up. Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said no arrests had been made at this stage and police were investigating.

The victim of the incident declined to talk about her ordeal.

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