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Meyiwa’s father calls for swift justice

By Muzi Zincume “I don’t know if I’m coming or going. My heart is broken. I’m just finished,” Thousands of soccer fans are expected to fill Moses Mabhida Stadium tomorrow, 1 November, for the funeral service of slain Bafana Bafana […]

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Baby found abandoned on Chestnut Road

By Muzi Zincume Umbilo Police are investigating a case of Child Abandonment after a 6 to 8-month old baby boy was found abandoned on Monday, 27 October at about 9pm in Chestnut Road, Glenwood. According to Bulwer Community Safety Forum […]

ChildlineKZN launches second Herothon fundraiser

By Se-Anne Rall ChildlineKZN will be launching their second Herothon, following on from last year’s fundraising initiative which rescued the organisation from financial dire straits. According to ChildlineKZN’s Mehreen Docrat, last year’s Herothon raised R1,2million which far exceeded their expectations. […]

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Beauty Queen goes green for KZN wildlife

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Meyiwa’s father calls for swift justice

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By Muzi Zincume
“I don’t know if I’m coming or going. My heart is broken. I’m just finished,”

Thousands of soccer fans are expected to fill Moses Mabhida Stadium tomorrow, 1 November, for the funeral service of slain Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain, Senzo Meyiwa.

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Orlando Pirates Chairperson, Dr Irvin Khoza, Senzo Meyiwa’s father, Sam Meyiwa and KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu, during their visit in Umlazi

Senzo Meyiwa (27) was shot to death in Vosloorus, Gauteng, at his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo’s house, during a botched house robbery on Sunday, 26 Octoberat about 8pm and died on his way to hospital.

On Monday, 27 October, during an official visit by Orlando Pirates, Chairperson, Dr Irvin Khoza, and KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu, the traumatised father of Senzo, Sam Meyiwa, told reporters that the bullet that killed his son, killed a part of him.

Sam Meyiwa said that he wanted the men that killed his son arrested as soon as possible. “Police must make sure that the killers of my son are found and jailed. I want them in custody. I want to talk to them and ask them why they killed my son,” said the distraught father.

He said that his son was expected to return home over the past weekend, but changed his plans. “I don’t know if I’m coming or going.
My heart is broken. I’m just finished,” said Meyiwa.Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo and senior ANC officials, were also present at the media briefing.

Khoza announced that in commemoration of Senzo Meyiwa, the number one jersey at the club will be retired. “I don’t think anyone can replace Senzo and his jersey will never be worn by anyone else again,” said Khoza.

Five injured in multiple vehicle collision

The wreckage of the vehicles at the accident scene

The wreckage of the vehicles at the accident scene

Five people sustained multiple injuries when three minibus taxis and a vehicle collided at the corner of South Coast Road and Bluff Road on Tuesday, 28 October at about 6:30am.

Rescue Care Paramedics Operations Director, Garrith Jamieson, said that when their paramedics arrived at the accident scene, they found that three taxis and a car had collided at the junction. “A quick triage was done and it was found that five people had sustained minor injuries. After stabilising all the injured people, they were rushed to various Durban hospitals for the further care that they required,” said Jamieson.

He said that traffic was severely affected as emergency workers cleared the scene. He added, “At this stage it is unclear what caused the collision, however, SAPS were on scene and will be investigating further.”

Baby found abandoned on Chestnut Road

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By Muzi Zincume

Umbilo Police are investigating a case of Child Abandonment after a 6 to 8-month old baby boy was found abandoned on Monday, 27 October at about 9pm in Chestnut Road, Glenwood.

According to Bulwer Community Safety Forum Chairperson, Heather Rorick, the baby was found by a couple.

Rorick said that the baby was taken to King Edward Hospital for a medical check. Next to the baby there was a bag which
had a few items of clothing in it, a women’s jersey, a pair of ladies tights, a tooth brush, one or two items of clothing for the baby, an empty box of infa-care formula, as well as one bottle and one nappy, but everything in the bag was damp,” she said.

Although Rorick could not confirm that the mother lives on the streets, she said there are some possibilities that she and her child had been living on the street. “According to the couple, the description of the mother is a medium height, thin and African woman of about 25-years old. She was allegedly wearing a scarf around her head,” said Rorick.

She also said that when people realise that they can not afford to take care of their children, they must seek assistance or go and consult with social workers at the local hospital for help. “No one will judge them when they seek the assistance of the social workers, but dumping a child on the road, might make people judge them,”
she added.

Umbilo Police spokesperson, Sergeant Beverly Manqele confirmed the incident. “We are currently investigating a case of Child Abandonment and no arrest has been made so far. We therefore appeal to anyone who might have information regarding the whereabouts of the mother, to come forward with the information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect,” said Manqele.

Anyone with information can call Umbilo SAPS on 031 203 2400 or Crime Stop on 0860 010 111.

Bikers go full throttle for charity!

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The Sunflower Fund and members of the KZN Motorcycle Federation are calling on all bikers and clubs to join in the 2014 Bikers4Bandanas campaign and ride for a worthy cause.

The Breakfast Ride is scheduled for Sunday, 16th November 2014 and will start at 9.30am from Southway Mall, Rossburgh to Jimmy Bellows Sports Field in Westville, 5 Link Road.

The registration fee will include a cloth badge and a Sunflower Bandana. Food and drinks will be sold throughout the morning. There will be live music, exciting lucky draw prizes, a raffle and biker expo stalls. All funds raised will be donated to The Sunflower Fund to assist with tissue-typing of potential bone marrow stem cell donors, to give hope to patients living with leukaemia.

For more information on the ride or to sponsor a lucky draw prize, please contact John Young on 083 414 1430 or email webmaster@kznmf.co.za and Allison Naidoo on 079 881 3056 or email allison@sunflowerfund.org.za For more information on The Sunflower Fund please call the toll free line on 0800 12 10 82 or visit their website www.sunflowerfund.org.za

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Durban Rock Alliance seeks to unite rock fans

Durban-Rock-Alliance-seeks-to-unite-rock-fansThe rock music scene in Durban has been something of an unco-ordinated whirlwind for a number of years and with the city constantly shunned by major artists, when visiting these shores, the local fans have every reason to feel that they reside in a rock/metal backwater.

There have been some glib noises from the Durban Municipality in recent press releases, with some famous names being thrown around and by including the city in future tours, but these remain unconfirmed.

Hoping to fill a gap for rock/metal starved fans, is the Durban Rock Alliance, a society for all followers of this genre of music. It is the brain-child of Dave Wright and Hylton Forge, both dedicated and passionate rockers dating back to their school days in the 1970′s. Wright is a well-known bass player with a current band called Bad Murphy and has also featured in The Mystery Girls, Baby Snakes, Urban Missile and Divine Monopoly.

The object of this society is to meet on a regular basis, initially monthly, at various venues around the city and its environs. With a variety of music, guest speakers, visual showings, theme evenings and various other forms of entertainment, including live acts, it promises to offer something different and unique to discerning fans.

Both Wright and Forge possess extensive collections and a wealth of knowledge of rock/metal music and would like to share this with the local community in each area. While one can expect popular songs and artists to feature, there will also be a focus on lesser known and rare material. All eras will be covered from the sixties, right up to current and new releases.

Another feature will be that of a guest speaker at each gathering. This could include a local musician describing the finer points of drumming or someone advising on how to convert vinyl records to a disc format or a fan simply relaying his/her top 10 albums of all time. Interviews by Wright and Forge also promise to liven up proceedings.

Visual fare is likely to include documentaries on various artists, as well as live concerts. Rare footage from local gigs of
yester-year could also make an appearance. Throw in powerpoint presentations on rock news and happenings and one has a solid all round package.

The first meeting will take place on 1 November at the Stella Running Club, in Helen Joseph (Davenport Road), kicking off
at 6.30am.

Hijacked vehicle recovered within 30 minutes

Three suspects involved in a car hijacking that took place in Esther Roberts Road in Glenwood, are still at large.

It is alleged that on Tuesday, 21 October, a victim was dropping her child along Esther Roberts Road, when she was accosted by two
suspects.

One of the suspects was armed with a firearm and ordered the victim to get out of the vehicle. Police spokesperson, Sergeant Beverly Manqele, told The Glenwood Weekly Gazette that the vehicle was recovered in Pinetown, 30 minutes after the incident. “According to the victim, one of the suspects is thin and tall and the second suspect is fat and short. Both suspects were wearing blue overalls,” said Manqele.

She also alleged that the suspects drove the victim’s silver VW Polo GTI towards the freeway and it was later recovered with the help ofa tracking device. “A case of car hijacking is under investigation and no arrests have been made yet,” said Manqele.

Glenwood resident takes bronze in Pursuit Race!

Glenwood-places-third-in-Jonsson-Cup-Pursuit-Race-2The zig-zag course in the bay had a fleet of 53 dinghies travelling to all corners of the harbour in an attempt to get ahead early. Glenwood resident, Glegg Dobson, claimed third position in Point Yacht Club’s Jonsson Cup Pursuit Race, on Saturday, 25 October.

The race that got underway just beyond the Durban Marina, saw the large mixed fleet head-off in light conditions towards the harbour mouth.

The racers felt that it was a bit of an obstacle course, dodging the busy afternoon shipping movements. On their first beat up, they encountered their first challenge, a massive container ship, arriving with a bevy of tugs around her.

Dobson, who recently returned to Durban, couldn’t wait to participate. The experienced yachite led for most of the race on his Laser, with Jon Marshall (The Cup winner), just off his shoulder, as they tackled the winding course designed to last two hours. As the duo neared the finish, Dobson opted for the more sheltered inland approach as Marshall didn’t go so near to land. The finish line was set off in the shadow of the Bluff which gave the fleet their final challenge as the light winds dropped and then filled in, making the final push to the line, somewhat agonising for most.

Marshall managed to crawl across the line as his nearest competitor, Dobson, stalled with the wind taking ages to give him a lift, and in those vital moments, the duo racing on a Flying Fifteen, Paul Changuion and Tim Duguid, slipped across the line having taken the open water approach to the line, catching the ocean breeze before it got to the stranded Dobson. There were a few larger ‘dinghies’ as well, with a few youngsters getting in some training on the L26 Container World and two other keel boats participating.

The Glenwood boys also took part in the race, where the Brophy-Tintinger brothers sailed on a 420 performance dinghy, while B Humphreys, J Cannan, N Allison, J da Paiva and C Schutte sailed on Container World. The Brophy-Tintingers sailed well to make up a number of places in the 53 boat fleet to finish 26th, while the handicapper went wrong with the L26 start time and the boys finished well down the fleet. The boys certainly enjoyed a wonderful day out on the water.

Results were as follows:
1 Jon Marshall (Laser), 2 Paul Changuion / Tim Duguid (FF15), 3 Gregg Dobson (Laser), 4 Martin Zimmerman / Carl Zimmerman (FF15),
5 Rudy McNeill (Laser),
6 Andrew Walford (Laser),
7 Campbell Alexander /
Chris Clark (FF15), 8 Anthony MacMillan (Laser), 9 Patrick Harris / Jeremy Kriek (FF15), 10 Gregg Hurter / Nic
Albert (FF15).

Family home razed in blaze

Family-in-needA Rickben Crescent family is appealing for assistance from the community after their home was razed in an inferno two weeks ago. According to Mohamed Shola, they were in a meeting when they got a call to say that there was a house on fire.

“Sesfikile officials went down and saw that the house was badly damaged. One room was completely destroyed and it is alleged that a three-point plug was connected to an extension cord that had faulty wiring,” Shola explained.
Disaster Management was contacted and local businessmen banded together to assist the family with blankets and food.

It is alleged that local councillor, Zanele Ndzoyiya, promised to assist the family, however, calls to the councillor for comment went unanswered.

Those wanting to assist the family, can contact Mohamed Shola on 073 294 9339

ChildlineKZN launches second Herothon fundraiser

By Se-Anne Rall

ChildlineKZN will be launching their second Herothon, following on from last year’s fundraising initiative which rescued the organisation from financial dire straits.

According to ChildlineKZN’s Mehreen Docrat, last year’s Herothon raised R1,2million which far exceeded their expectations.
“We urge businesses and people across KZN to dig into their pockets again to fight this ongoing battle against the abuse of our children,”Doctor said.
ChildlineKZN has secured big names for this year’s event including; Veranda Panda, Devon Govender, Amanda Kunene and Kajal Bagwandeen.
Docrat hinted at the possible inclusion of DA Olympic hero, Chad le Clos.

 

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Durban on Ebola alert

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The KZN Health MEC declined to comment on a patient, suspected of contracting the deadly Ebola virus, who is currently undergoing testing at Addington Hospital. It is believed that staff, clothed in protective gear sealed off entrances and wards at the hospital this week, when the patient arrived. Reports state that blood samples were taken from the patient and MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, confirmed the patient was brought in to be tested but he declined to comment further. The MEC said he would inform the national health minister if indeed, the patient brought in tested positive for the virus that has killed hundreds in African countries.

Three nabbed for business robbery

Three men, aged 25 – 28, are due in court for a business robbery that took place in Gale Street last week.

SAPS Spokesperson, Colonel Jay Naicker, explained that on 16 October, five men accosted a supermarket owner and robbed him of goods, at knifepoint.

“The suspects fled, leaving the terrified shop-owner. During an intensive investigation, two of the suspects were arrested over the weekend in Ladysmith, where they were found hiding out.

They appeared at the Durban Magistrates’ Court on 27 October 2014 and were remanded in custody,” Naicker said.

He added that on Tuesday, 28 October, Durban Flying Squad, Durban K9 Unit, Umbilo Detectives and Brighton Beach Cluster Task Team conducted an operation following robberies in the area.

“Three men were arrested in a building in Dalton Road. The suspects were found hiding in the building and they were arrested.

“They will be charged for robbery with aggravating circumstances and will appear at the Durban Magistrates’ Court soon,” Naicker said.

SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, commended the police officers for arresting the suspects and praised them for working together in apprehending the criminals.

“Criminals need to know that they cannot hide forever, as we will eventually find them.

“During our Festive Season operations, detectives will be conducting regular raids for wanted suspects,” she said.

Mother charged for concealment of birth

Phumla Mbhuja was charged with concealment of birth, after police found her newborn baby wrapped in a packet last week.
Police said they attended to the scene and when they questioned Mbhuja, she claimed that the baby died minutes after birth.
Sydenham SAPS Communications Officer, Captain Myen Lazarus, stated that Mbhuja has appeared in court and the matter is under investigation.

Lazarus said Mbhuja was charged for concealment of birth, however, indications are that the charge will be changed to Murder, once the post-mortem results are confirmed.

Scrap collector finds decomposed body

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A scrap collector stumbled across a decomposing body, while searching for items in the dense bushy area along Locksley Drive last week.

It is believed the same man found three bodies in the same area, earlier this year. In March, the decomposing bodies of two men and a woman were found.

At the time of the find, SAPS Spokesperson, Colonel Jay Naicker, said DNA testing will be conducted to determine cause of death,
possible date of death and the identities of the deceased. Sydenham SAPS Communications Officer, Captain Myen Lazarus, confirmed the grisly find, adding that the scrap collector regularly forages for items in the area. Lazarus added that the man is co-operating fully with police.

Police have opened an inquest and are appealing to residents who have female relatives who went missing, to contact Sydenham SAPS Detective Branch on 031 202 2808.

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Suspected serial rapist arrested

By Rachel Vadi

An alleged serial rapist was arrested by Phoenix SAPS following information received by KZN VIP Swat Unit.

The suspect is allegedly the same individual who kidnapped, sexually molested and robbed a 19-year old woman last week Friday in Shastri Park.

According to the head of KZN VIP, Glen Naidoo, the suspect was arrested this afternoon after Naidoo’s team received information about the suspect’s whereabouts. In a joint sting operation, with the K9 Unit and Phoenix SAPS Detectives, Naidoo’s team swooped into Sunford and made the arrest.

The suspect’s blue, dolphin-shaped BMW was recovered. Items belonging to the victim were also found.

According to Naidoo, while the arrest was being executed, three other women approached KZN VIP Officers, informing them that they too had been victims of the suspect.

“We were driving off, when two women approached us and told us that they too had been sexually attacked by the suspect. A few minutes later, while turning the corner, another woman flagged us down and reported that she was sexually attacked as well,” said Romano Naidoo of KZN VIP Swat Team.

The suspect is currently being charged at Phoenix SAPS.

Meals on Wheels benefits from car cake challenge

Meals on Wheels benefitted from a charity challenge of a different kind over the weekend when a life-size Peugeot RCZ was created and put on show at the Good Food & Wine Show held recently. Speaking about the event, Vaughn Marescia explained that when he was informed that Cake Extreme’s Paul Vierra was an avid Peugeot fan and wanted to build the cake, he thought it would be a great idea to donate a minimum amount for a slice of cake and all the funds incurred from the sales will go towards charity.

“Having supported Meals on Wheels for the last seven years, I felt they have established themselves as a credible charity that truly believes in transforming lives,” Marescia said.

According to statistics from January 2012, more than 12 million people go to bed hungry every night. Meals on Wheels Community Services is a non-profit organisation helping to assist the fight against hunger in South Africa.

“Through various donors, we are currently feeding on average 1.3 million people every month country wide. The Good Food & Wine show is just one of many mediums we use to try and raise awareness as well as funds to reach more people,” Marescia stated.

Durban North sailor makes top 10 in yacht race

Durban North sailor, Rudy McNeill, made the top 10, finishing an overall fifth but was the third Laser across the line in Point Yacht Club’s Jonsson Cup Pursuit Race over the weekend.

A zig-zag course in the bay had a fleet of 53 dinghies travelling to all corners of the harbour, with Jon Marshall from Westville claiming victory.

Marshall, the Rear Commodore for Keelers at Point Yacht Club, traded in his larger, more familiar chariot for a much smaller Laser. The race that got underway just beyond the Durban Marina, saw the large mixed fleet head off in light conditions towards the harbour mouth.

“It was a bit of an obstacle course dodging the busy afternoon shipping movements. On our first beat up we encountered our first challenge, a massive container ship arriving with a bevy of tugs around her. We had a few more large vessels we had to quickly get out the way of,” Marshall said when back on land.

“It was a fantastic race, long and hard work but great to be out there with all the guys. I am delighted with the win and just managed to take Gregg (Dobson), as we made our way down to the finish,” an elated Marshall said.

Meanwhile, the first junior to cross the line was Durban North’s Alex Thorpe (11), helming a classic little Gypsey with his Dad, Ralph. Alex was awarded the mini Jonsson Cup award. The easy to sail Gypsey is a South African designed two-person boat that is ideal for learning to sail in. The Thorpes finished 21st overall.

The long hard slog for the 53 small boats ended with Jon Marshall crossing the line in just under two hours in Point Yacht Club’s Jonsson Cup Pursuit Race on Saturday.
Results: 1 Jon Marshall (Laser), 2 Paul Changuion / Tim Duguid (FF15), 3 Gregg Dobson (Laser), 4 Martin Zimmerman / Carl Zimmerman (FF15), 5 Rudy McNeill (Laser), 6 Andrew Walford (Laser), 7 Campbell Alexander / Chris Clark (FF15), 8 Anthony MacMillan (Laser), 9 Patrick Harris / Jeremy Kriek (FF15), 10 Gregg Hurter / Nic Albert (FF15).

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