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Situation remains tense in Nkandla as deadline to arrest Zuma looms
7 July 2021, 5:00 PM

The situation remains tense at Nkandla in northern KwaZulu-Natal as the deadline for the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma looms.

The Police Ministry says if it doesn’t receive a response from the office of the Acting-Chief Justice by the end of business on Wednesday, they will have no choice but to effect the arrest warrant against the former President.

 

An SABC News reporter witnessed three police vehicles being turned away from the former President’s home earlier on Wednesday. It is not clear why the vehicles were turned away.

“A short while ago we saw three police vehicles trying to enter the main gate of former President Jacob Zuma’s home but a gentleman wearing the MKMVA (Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association) regalia approached them and they turned back and drove off. So we don’t know what they were here for but they, unfortunately, could not gain access to the home,” notes the reporter.

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Media continues stakeout at Zuma home in Nkandla

Meanwhile, local and international media houses continue to camp outside former President Zuma’s home in Nkandla in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

A number of police vehicles have been spotted in the area on patrols. One street vendor has erected a gazebo, selling ANC regalia.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Police Ministry said that if it does not receive a response from the office of the Chief Justice by the end of business today, police will have no choice but to effect the arrest warrant against former president Jacob Zuma. On Tuesday, the son of former President Zuma, Edward reiterated that he will not allow police to arrest his father.

Additional reporting by Fanele Mhlongo

Two shot dead in KZN taxi wars
21 November 2019, 9:35 PM

Two men believed to be linked to a taxi association in Ladysmith, western KwaZulu-Natal, have been shot dead.

Last month, taxi operators blockaded the roads leading into the Ladysmith central business district, including the taxi rank for transport to Durban.

It was believed that the Sizwe and Klip River Taxi associations were fighting over who should operate from the rank.

Police spokesperson Thembeka Mbhele says they are investigating the motive for the attack.

“Two counts of murder have been opened at Ladysmith police station for investigation . Two people aged 40 and 58 were fatally shot whilst driving in a certain road I’m Ladysmith by unknown suspects. They both sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the body and were declared dead at the scene.”

Six killed in Cato Ridge multi-vehicle accident
20 September 2019, 5:02 PM

Six people have been killed in a crash between a truck and several vehicles on a district road at Cato Ridge. The crash happened near the Umsunduzi Clinic in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

KwaZulu-Natal emergency services spokesperson, Robert Mackenzie, says eight people who sustained injuries will be transported to hospital for further medical care. He says police are investigating the cause of the collision.

“There has been a crash involving a truck and several motor vehicles. Tragically a sixth person has just passed away due to the serious crash. Paramedics from KZN EMS together with several private ambulances have treated eight patients at the scene of the crash.”

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Ramaphosa pays tribute to Hlongwa
20 September 2019, 3:46 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived at the home of the late Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Bavelile Hlongwa, in Umbilo south of Durban. Ramaphosa is being accompanied by the KwaZulu-Natal leadership of the African National Congress (ANC).

Hlongwa, Katlego Kekana and Sipho Malaka died after a truck ran over them while they were assisting another driver whose vehicle had overturned on the N1 highway near the Carousel Plaza, north of Pretoria, last weekend; barely four months after she was appointed deputy minister.

Ramaphosa has described Hlongwa’s passing as a great loss.

“She advocated to struggles; the struggle of women and the struggle of young people in a very direct and forward manner. So she is a great loss.”

The funeral service for Hlongwa will be held at the Durban ICC on Saturday.

KwaZulu-Natal ANC Women’s League secretary Nonhlanhla Gabela says Hlongwa’s night vigil will be held at her home in Umbilo later on Friday.

“The family has agreed that it’s going to start at 19:00. On Saturday morning on the 21st, the funeral service will start at 8:00 at the Durban ICC then after the funeral will be there at the Heroes Acre in Durban. We are still requesting for the overflow for all of us because the funeral is open to the public, but the space that we have at the ICC is limited to 4000 people only. We’re still waiting for the confirmation of the overflow space for the public to come.”

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Glebelands murder trial to continue
4 September 2019, 5:35 AM

The trial of eight men accused of killing nine people at the notorious Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi south of Durban is set to continue in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

On Tuesday a 43-year-old state witness implicated a police officer in an attack on a group of people at the hostel in August 2014. Police sergeant Bhekukwazi Mdweshu allegedly played a key role in the killings.

The state alleges that he and his co-accused formed an association to control resident’s payments for accommodation at the hostel.  The state also alleges that the accused worked together to kill or eliminate people who threatened their control of the payments.

All the accused have pleaded not guilty to all the 22 charges including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering.

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