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A cultural celebration

Heritage Day was celebrated around the country, with the community engaging in various activities last week. It was a day in which all were encouraged to celebrate their cultural traditions in the wider context of the great diversity of cultures, […]

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United in our heritage!

The Ladysmith branch of Durban Lesbian and Gay Community and Health Centre, recently celebrated Heritage Day in their traditional attire. The members gathered at Ladysmith Park, where they embraced their unity in diversity.

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Truckload of cotton goes up in flames!

A truck carrying a cargo of cotton caught alight in the early hours of this morning, 30 September 2014. The truck was travelling on the south-bound freeway, just past the Tugela Plaza, when its cargo went up in flames. The […]

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Vehicle overturns in heavy downpour

Following the heavy rains that fell in Ladysmith yesterday, 28 September, Sharaj emergency officials responded to five collisions as a result of the inclement weather. One accident was reported in Dry Road, near the Ladysmith Sport Centre, another at Van […]

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Making dreams come true for matric lasses…

The KZN Fashion Council generously donated 13 garments for matriculants in the Ladysmith area. Thirteen underprivileged matriculant girls, who were unable to afford to have glamorous dresses made for them, were the lucky recipients of the generous donation. The girls […]

 

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Father assaulted in Florida Road

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Just weeks after an ATM robbery at Holden’s Spar in Florida Road, residents ducked for cover when four men opened fire on a father, who was dropping his daughter off for work at around 1pm today.

Armed suspects allegedly accosted the father and daughter in the car, demanding cash. The daughter allegedly offered the suspects her iPhone but the men refused and when they were not given any cash, they allegedly proceed to assault the father with the butt of the gun. The men also fired shots before fleeing the scene. SAPS were at the scene.
For the full story, make sure to get your copy of The Weekly Gazette, out on Thursday.

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Woman suffers fatal heart attack during house robbery

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Kay Sewcharan (59) suffered a fatal heart attack this afternoon, while robbers ransacked her house in Chatsworth. It is alleged that armed robbers tied up Sewcharan’s domestic worker outside and proceeded to ransack the house for goods. Whilst tied up in her bedroom, Sewcharan suffered a fatal heart attack. For the full story, get your copy of the Chatsworth Tabloid, out tomorrow.

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Conterfeit goods seized in CBD

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A joint intelligence-driven operation by the Newcastle Police Vispol, FCS, CI and Jacques Allers from Brand Investigations Unit – Pretoria, was conducted around Newcastle’s CBD last week, with the purpose of uncovering counterfeit goods being sold.

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A cultural celebration

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Heritage Day was celebrated around the country, with the community engaging in various activities last week.

It was a day in which all were encouraged to celebrate their cultural traditions in the wider context of the great diversity of cultures, beliefs, and traditions that make up the nation of South Africa.
Newcastle mall hosted a heritage celebration, to mark Heritage Day. “The aim was to celebrate our heritage,” said Beulah Rajkumar, the mall’s marketing co-ordinator.
First to showcase their talent, was the Aja Nachale Dance School, whose first performance was to the hindi love song entitled, Sunny Sunny.
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They were followed by the confident Anton Fitchat, whose first song was, Lief vir Jou.
Indumiso Creche and Pre-School also got the shoppers attention, with their singing and cultural dancing.

Falcon’s runners excel at SAPS Race

A large contingent of Checkout Verulam Falcons participated in the hugely popular SAPS Striders half marathon and 10km race, held recently.

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Accident victim spends the night in rubbish dump

By Andile Sithole

A passenger who survived an accident near Tea Estate, Verulam, spent the night lying in a dump site.

It is alleged that the victim was ejected from a moving taxi on 25 September and rolled down the embankment, when the taxi collided with another car in Tea Estate, near Verulam.

The victim had to spend the whole night trapped in the dump site, when officials who attended the scene, did not realise that he was down the embankment. However, his screams attracted a group of men walking near the bush, the next day. The men alerted police and emergency services. The victim was found by the paramedics, lying in the dump site, about 150 kilometres away from the road.

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Leukaemia patient needs urgent funds for transplant

By Andile Sithole

A five-year old girl from Mount Moriah is desperately seeking a bone marrow stem cell donor to assist her, save her live.

Neli Mthembu was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in January this year, at Addington Hospital in Durban. Her mother, Hezel Mthembu, said the family is doing its best to help Neli get a bone marrow transplant.

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Six things we know about Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dress

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Venice on Monday.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Venice on Monday. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP


1. It was by Oscar de la Renta

“I don’t really know how to do casual clothes,” the Dominican-born, New York-based designer Oscar de la Renta has said – and he wasn’t kidding. His dresses are all about ruffles, prettiness and femininity – a timeless red-carpet celebrity staple beloved by the glossy Park Avenue set. A cream version of this kind of thing, from spring 2012, would suit the occasion very nicely.

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The couple the day after the wedding. Amal is wearing coutour Gimabattista Valli.


2. It was major

Today, for the civil service, Alamuddin wore a sleek cream Stella MCartney trouser suit. For her first post-marriage outing, she wore couture Giambattista Valli. Being embellished cream lace, and worth tens of thousands of pounds, this is the sort of dress that could threaten to overshadow the main gown – unless that frock was gob-macking, too. A gargantuan cream creation seems likely.

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United in our heritage!

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The Ladysmith branch of Durban Lesbian and Gay Community and Health Centre, recently celebrated Heritage Day in their traditional attire. The members gathered at Ladysmith Park, where they embraced their unity in diversity.

Truckload of cotton goes up in flames!

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A truck carrying a cargo of cotton caught alight in the early hours of this morning, 30 September 2014. The truck was travelling on the south-bound freeway, just past the Tugela Plaza, when its cargo went up in flames.

The south-bound carriageway was completely closed off to traffic, as Ladysmith firefighters fought the blaze. The fire was eventually extinguished and the road was cleared.

 

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Security guard’s attackers arrested

Senzelo Mlangeni (18) and Andile Radebe (20) appeared at the Nqutu Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 29 September 2014 on charges of assault – with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, common robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

According to police reports, the two suspects went to Mondlo Municipal offices to buy electricity, on Saturday, 27 September 2014, at approximately 5:45pm. It is alleged that they assaulted and overpowered a security guard after an argument ensued, resulting in the guard’s service firearm allegedly being taken by the suspects. The suspects then fled the scene with the firearm, leaving the injured guard at the scene. After an investigation by Mondlo SAPS, the suspects were arrested and charged, after they were found in possession of the complainant’s firearm.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, commended police at Mondlo for the swift arrests. “We cannot allow members of the community to behave in such a manner and the fact that they deprived the security officer of his firearm, is an indication of a deeper underlying criminal propensity,” she said.

Suspect arrested for fraud in Pietermaritzburg

A suspect was arrested for fraud on Friday, 26 September 2014, in Pietermaritzburg.

It is alleged that on Tuesday, 4 July 2014, the suspect (39) used fraudulent documents to open a furniture account at a Pietermaritzburg furniture store and bought furniture on credit, to the value of R38 071. The goods were then delivered to her residential address. In September 2014, the furniture store discovered that the account which was in arrears, was opened with fraudulent documents. On Friday, 26 September 2014 at about 9am, the suspect was seen loitering outside the furniture shop and was apprehended. Pietermaritzburg police opened a case of fraud and Pietermaritzburg Detectives took over the investigation of the case. The furniture was recovered from the suspect’s place of residence and handed back to the furniture store. The suspect was charged and appeared at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on 29 September 2014.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, applauded the arrest. “We urge businesses to be more vigilant and scrutinise documents used to open accounts,” she said.

Employer accused of raping maid

Phoenix SAPS is investigating a case of rape after a domestic worker was allegedly raped by her employer on Friday, 19 September at her place of employment in Waterfern.

As a live-in-domestic worker, the 24-year old woman alleged that she was sitting in the lounge with her employer, watching television, when her employer began to behave in a sexual manner towards her.

“Her employer moved from where he was sitting and came to sit next to her while they were watching TV.

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Mob apprehends suspected child molester

By Rachel Vadi

An angry mob apprehended an alleged child molester at a Phoenix Plaza taxi rank early Saturday morning.

At about 9am on Saturday, 27 September, the angry mob apprehended the suspect, who is a relative of a four-year old girl, who he allegedly sexually assaulted the night before.

Shoppers who were in the vicinity of the taxi rank were up in arms when they heard about what happened and contacted the Phoenix Tabloid about the incident.

“We think that the man they caught was about 38-years old. The relatives of the four-year old girl came looking for him and found him at the taxi rank. I was there when they caught him and started hitting him. Everyone was so mad and they wanted his blood. They had him in a car boot. But the police came and took him away,” said Mr Allie.

Phoenix SAPS communications officer, Lieutenant Louise Naidoo, said the suspect was at a party at a relative’s home on Friday night when the sexual assualt incident happened.

“It is alleged that the accused tried to sneak into a room where the children were sleeping, but was stopped from entering the room by an adult.

“Preliminary police reports indicate that the suspect allegedly rubbed a lollipop on the four year old’s vagina. The accused was allegedly pouring drinks for the adults at the party, but he was not consuming alcohol.

“An elderly woman at the party noticed this and had her eye on the accused, because there were children asleep in the room. The elder pushed a sofa against the door of the room where the children were sleeping and sealed the door off. Later she noticed that she could not see the accused.

“So she went to the room and saw that the sofa was removed. She went into the room and found the accused on the bed with the four year old. He allegedly removed her underwear and was rubbing a lollipop on the child’s vagina. The child’s father was telephoned and informed about the incident. The accused was chased away by the relatives and he ran away,” claimed Lt. Naidoo.

A case of sexual assault is being investigated by Phoenix SAPS. A suspect has been arrested, but at the time of going to press, the matter was not yet enrolled at court.

Employer accused of raping maid

Phoenix SAPS is investigating a case of rape after a domestic worker was allegedly raped by her employer on Friday, 19 September at her place of employment in Waterfern.

As a live-in-domestic worker, the 24-year old woman alleged that she was sitting in the lounge with her employer, watching television, when her employer began to behave in a sexual manner towards her.

“Her employer moved from where he was sitting and came to sit next to her while they were watching TV.

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Engagement party turns sour

By Rachel Vadi

Guests at an intimate engagement party in Esselen were severely traumatised, when they were allegedly held up at gunpoint by three men on Saturday, 27 September.

According to Phoenix SAPS communications officer, Lieutenant Louise Naidoo, the complainant and his guests were allegedly held up by three armed men.

“Three men entered the home where the event was being held. The residents of the home were entertaining their relatives. Two of the suspects pointed firearms at the victims, ordering them to lie on the floor.

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Accident victims robbed before dying

Avinash Badrinarian who died in the accident

Avinash Badrinarian who died in the accident

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The mangled vehicle at the scene

Merciless robbers dragged the bodies of two Crossmoor men, after a Sydenham collision, combed through accident wreckage and made off with whatever valuable possessions they could find, before leaving the men to die on Sunday morning, 28 September.

This was confirmed by the city’s CCTV camera footage, which showed how Samuel Vengetramadu (30) and Avinash Badrinarian, were ruthlessly mugged and left to die after the serious collision.

The men were returning home from a night out, when they allegedly lost control of the vehicle they were in, and crashed into a tree on Sydenham Road, near Kendra Hall.

For the full story read this week’s Chatsworth Tabloid…

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