Monday, November 19 2018

Twelve cops injured in Durban crash

A dozen police officers were receiving medical treatment at a Durban hospital after they were involved in a crash in the west of the city on Sunday. Their vehicle veered off the M1 Richmond Road near Mariannhill, Rescue Care Paramedics’ Garrith Jamieson said. The accident occurred shortly after 6am. “Rescue Care Paramedics arrived on the scene to find the single vehicle against an embankment. A total of 12 policeman had sustained various injuries and immediately more ambulances were dispatched to assist. Once all the injured had been stabilised on the scene they were transported to a nearby hospital for the further care that they required,” said Jamieson. The cause of the crash is unknown.

School fees set to soar in new year

Government and private schools have set fee increases for next year well above inflation as they brace for a rise in applications for fee exemptions from cash-strapped parents. A snap survey of 20 schools revealed that increases at state schools averaged 8.2% and hikes at private schools were on average 7.8% – significantly higher than the current 4.9% inflation rate. Economist Azar Jammine warned that above-inflation increases at high-end private schools were going to result in “more and more people no longer finding it affordable” and moving to former Model C schools. “Private schools are becoming the ambit of the corporate elite. One is finding that some of the ordinary, decent professionals are now really struggling to keep pace with some of the private school fees,” he said.

Three hurt in two Gauteng shootings

Three people were wounded in two separate shooting incidents in Gauteng on Saturday, paramedics said. ER24 spokesperson Ineke van Huyssteen said a man and a woman had been wounded in a shooting incident on the corners of Solomon Mahlangu and Bronkhorstspruit roads in Silverton, Pretoria. A man had been shot in the abdomen and foot, and was in a serious condition. A woman had sustained moderate injuries. In the second incident, a man sustained a gunshot wound to his arm at a shop on Trichardts Road in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, on Saturday evening, she said. “When ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene shortly before 6pm, they were led to where a man was seated in the shop. Paramedics treated and stabilised the man on the scene before transporting him to hospital for further medical care. The police were on both scenes.

AfriForum may seek to have Juju declared bankrupt

Civil rights organisation AfriForum says it may have to have Julius Malema and the EFF declared bankrupt in an attempt to recover legal costs that they owe the organisation. It said on Sunday that it was still owed more than R400,000 by Malema and the EFF but that the sheriff of the court had only found assets worth R66,550 in the EFF’s head office in Johannesburg on November 9. “Malema also declared in public that he had no money to pay AfriForum. AfriForum obtained a warrant on November 1 to seize Malema and the EFF’s moving assets to pay off R337,758,68 that Malema in his personal capacity and the EFF as a party owed to AfriForum. This amount was the total of three cost orders that AfriForum had obtained against them since March 2017.

Load-shedding is back, says Eskom

Eskom announced it would be implementing stage 1 rotational load-shedding as of Sunday. The cuts would be from 12.15pm to 10pm. “Eskom has had to implement stage 1 load-shedding. Apologies for the inconvenience that this will cause,” spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said. “Customers are advised to keep checking their load-shedding schedules on the Eskom and their municipal websites, and to plan on the assumption that load-shedding will take place,” the company said. It called on residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly during this time.

Bodies found in car in Evander dam

The bodies of two people were found inside a vehicle under water at the Unicor Dam in Evander earlier this week, Mpumalanga police said. The incident happened on Friday. “The discovery was made by the police diving unit from Secunda together with Delta 1 Rescue, a private-sector organisation, while they were training. In the process, they spotted a VW Citi Golf in the belly of the dam with two bodies inside,” said Brigadier Leonard Hlathi. They retrieved the car, which was found to belong to Siyabonga Nkabi, who was reported as missing on July 4 2018 together with Precious Mtsweni. The police could not immediately confirm whether the bodies found in the vehicle were those of the missing two. An autopsy would determine the cause of death.

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