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DUT staff, Vice Chancellor at loggerheads

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Employees at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in Durban say they have lost confidence in Vice Chancellor Professor Thandwa Mthembu after he failed to engage with them three days into their protected strike.

Members of three unions, National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), National Tertiary Education Union (Nteu) and Tertiary Education National Union of South Africa (Tenusa) are demanding a 10% increase to their salaries.

The strike coincides with similar protest action at Unisa where students protested in solidarity with employees who downed tools are demanding a 12% increase. Both employers have offered only 4%.

Speaking on behalf of the three unions, Nehawu’s Milton Estrice says, “There’s been no talks with management, Rome is burning and they are writing love letters; but one thing is clear staff will not stop this strike until there is engagement and an amicable solution found.

“So on Wednesday we marched to let the Vice Chancellor know that he cannot turn a blind eye to what is happening and we have given him a memorandum indicating that staff has taken a vote of no confidence in him because he has failed to engage the union for the past three days.”

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Five accused of murdering SACP member Blose plead not guilty

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The murder trial of Inchanga South African Communist Party (SACP) member Nonsikelelo Blose got underway in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Five men have been charged with her 2016 murder.

They’ve also been charged with the attempted murder of a Young Communist League (YCL) member who was present at the scene.

Bonginkosi Hlengwa, Sthembiso Mnguni, Lindokuhle Basi, Khehla Shozi and Lungisani Lungu Shozi have pleaded not guilty to both counts.

About two weeks after the 2016 Local Government Elections it’s alleged Nonsikelelo Blose went to a local tavern in Fredville to buy braaied meat, to celebrate the results.

She was shot there and died shortly afterwards.

The five men that have been charged with her murder are also charged with the attempted murder of Wandile Nxumalo, who was also at the scene.

He is the son of former eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo.

According to Blose’s daughters’ emotional testimony, one of the accused fired two shots hitting her mother. She alleges that his friends then pulled him away and fled the scene.

According to the charge sheet, it’s alleged that the murder was planned or premeditated and was committed by a group of people with a common purpose.

In a statement the suspects admitted being at the tavern, but say they were there, merely drinking liquor, enjoying each others company and singing.

They also denied being in possession of firearms.

The trial is set down for four days.

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Fiance of late councillor shares loss at Moerane Commission

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The fiance of the late uMzimkhulu councillor Mduduzi Tshibase broke down while testifying before the Moerane commission sitting in Durban.

Phumza Diko wept as she tried to share with the commission her difficulties in raising their children without a father.

She told the commission that Tshibase had known after the death of uMzimkhulu municipality speaker Khaya Thobela that his life was also in danger.

Tshibase was ambushed at the gate of his home a month after the death of Thobela in May last year.

Diko says Tshibase had indicated that the enemies were from the political arena.

Quizzed by evidence leader advocate Bheki Manyathi, Diko agreed that Tshibase’s enemies were from his own political party, the African National Congress (ANC):

While no arrests have been made as yet, Diko says the investigators update her on monthly basis.

She said his death at the age of 39 left a huge void.

“We were working together, and assisting each other to continue with life, but later we were unable to even communicate over the phone, because he was reluctant since he suspected his phone was bugged. He preferred that we meet in person – even if he visited us he would not stay long, or until late, because it is not safe… he was always highlighting the fact that things were not going well within the ANC. We knew about the intimidation, but we didn’t think it will happen to him the way it happened… so soon. It is so painful because even my child will grow without knowing his father.”

The commission has been adjourned to the 23rd of this month.

 

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Sassa rejects allegations of R1bn in claim by CPS

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The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has rejected claims of over R1 billion by Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) based on the apparent breach of terms of social grant payment service contracts. Acting Sassa CEO Pearl Bengu said the contracts in question were concluded in 2009 for Limpopo, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the Northern Cape and
Source: The New Age

KZN farmer arrested for killing a mourner at a funeral

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A farmer from Cramond near Pietermaritzburg has been arrested and charged with murder. He allegedly shot and killed 42-year-old Mothi Ngubane during a funeral held on his farm.

The community members living on the farm say they have lived on the farm for many years, but have never experienced such malice.

According to eyewitnesses, the farmer demanded that they stop the funeral and leave the farm immediately.

An altercation between the farmer and mourners ensued.

The farmer appeared to be reaching a gun. Those who tried to stop him were too late.

“We tried to stop him, but he told us to leave. He then cocked his firearm, turned to the deceased and shot him three times in his abdomen and neck and we all ran,” says Mbuzeni Buthelezi, a community member.

Police say the suspect is expected to appear in court soon.

“One of the family members tried to intervene and he was shot in the process. The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle and the Cramond Police were called to the scene and they managed to apprehend the suspect who was found in possession of four firearms,” says Police Spokesperson Nqobile Gwala.

Those living on the farm said they had earlier requested assistance from the police.

“We had notified the police about the troublesome farmer and we requested that they come to monitor the situation, but they did not come and we carried on with the funeral until the farmer came and shot him,” says Ntombifikile Lembethe, a farm dweller.

Police couldn’t confirm that they had been called to the farm to monitor the burial.

The farmer’s family could not be reached for comment.

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Beachgoers asked to be cautious

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The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has made an urgent plea to all beachgoers to be extremely cautious over the next week. This is as the first full moon of the New Year will result in a spring tide and stronger than normal rip currents.

Nine people have drowned across the country since the start of the festive season – five of them in the Western Cape.

The NSRI’s Craig Lambinon says rip-currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water which can occur near beaches with breaking waves.

“They form at different places constantly throughout the day and that river of water if you find yourself caught in that river of water you’re going to be swept out to sea faster than you can swim back to shore. They can reach up to 5 miles per hour. So, it’s extremely dangerous. It’s definitely the greatest cause of drowning around the coastline in South Africa.”

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Sanco saddened after 6 killed in KZN truck crash

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The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has conveyed its condolences to the families of six people who lost their lives when a truck ploughed into three cars in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday. The accident took place on the R61 near Palm Beach between Margate and Port Edward where six people, including a traffic officer, were killed.
Source: The New Age

Ladysmith mass shooting leaves 10 dead

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A mass shooting believed to be taxi violence related has left 10 dead on the N11 near Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday morning. It is reported that the shooting took place at the Matiwaneskop N11 intersection and a private security vehicle linked to the Klipriver taxi association was ambushed and five people who were inside the vehicle
Source: The New Age

225 Firearms seized cross KZN in one week

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A total of 225 illegal firearms were seized across KwaZulu-Natal in one week. This comes after the KZN police conducted #SaferFestiveSeason operations last week where police seized an assortment of illegal firearms and ammunition. During the operation, police seized AK47 rifles, shotguns, homemade firearms, 303 rifles, pistols and revolvers. And a total of 1289 rounds
Source: The New Age

Maritzburg United player Mlondi Dlamini dies in car accident

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The team of choice, Maritzburg United FC mourns the passing of midfielder Mlondi Dlamini who died in a car accident on Sunday in KwaZulu-Natal. Mlondi Dlamini affectionately known as “Vicks” was 20 at the time of his death. The team has confirmed the passing of the player, however could not divulge more information regarding the
Source: The New Age

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