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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.”

Bavelile Hlongwa
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.

WEF on Africa slammed for ignoring civil society voices
2 May 2017, 8:20 AM

The People’s Economic Forum (PEF) says it will protest at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Durban next week. The forum comprises a group of community activists and civic organisations.

The forum, which was been launched in Durban on Freedom Day, aims to create a space for people to learn and share information and solutions for economic and financial inclusion.

The People’s Economic Forum (PEF) says they want the voices of the civic community to be heard. They have organised an ideas festival which started on Freedom Day and will end on May 03.

The main issues that are to be discussed at the ideas festival include strategies of radical economic transformation; fees must fall and financial inclusion updates, the World Economic Forum and the country’s junk status.

The People’s Economic Forum has been launched days before the World Economic Forum which will be held in Durban from the 03-05 May.

It is exclusive of the civil society and the deliberations and discussions taking place in the WEF will have huge impact in the society

WEF on Africa slammed for ignoring civil society voices Thursday 27 April 2017 21:20 Fanele Mhlongo The PEF says the WEF needs to be opened to the general public as they are the most affected.(REUTERS) TAGS: KwaZulu-Natal Durban WEF Africa 2017 World Economic Forum People’s Economic Forum Fanele Mhlongo The People’s Economic Forum (PEF) says it will protest at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Durban next week. The forum comprises a group of community activists and civic organisations.

The forum, which was been launched in Durban on Freedom Day, aims to create a space for people to learn and share information and solutions for economic and financial inclusion.

The People’s Economic Forum (PEF) says they want the voices of the civic community to be heard. They have organised an ideas festival which started on Freedom Day and will end on May 03.

The main issues that are to be discussed at the ideas festival include strategies of radical economic transformation; fees must fall and financial inclusion updates, the World Economic Forum and the country’s junk status.

The People’s Economic Forum has been launched days before the World Economic Forum which will be held in Durban from the 03-05 May.

The spokesperson for the organisers of the People’s Economic Forum, Desmond D’sa, says the PEF is creating an inclusive environment for people to learn and share information about the economy. He says the WEF needs to be opened to the general public as they are the most affected.

“We are marching on WEF because the space is very inclusive; it is exclusive of the civil society and the deliberations and discussions taking place in the WEF will have huge impact in the society many years after they have left because they have bent on the development model that doesn’t create and brings about change and equality in this country. We want to see changes and people can benefit out of the economy and at the moment we do not believe that business as usual is going to help to bring about any changes in the country and benefit the ordinary man in the street.”

D’sa says they are responding to the multiple crises created by political and economic elites.

“Freedom has not reached the ordinary people on the street; if people are still living with the bucket system, people are still being forced and removed out of their home; that really does paint a picture of inequality and oppression and we want to get rid of that with the Constitution. We know that the Constitution of this country guarantees freedom for everybody but it looks like it hasn’t reached quite a substantial amount of our population and on this day we want to echo that it’s time for change and freedom has to reach people. We need to shift the economic programme to ensure that people are part of it. People must be involved in the economy of this country so that lives can change.”

The People’s Economic Forum (PEF) believes ordinary citizens should have been included in the WEF on Africa. More than 2000 delegates are expected to attend the World Economic Forum on Africa at the Durban ICC next week.

– By Fanele Mhlongo

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