Durban man killed fighting Isis in Syria was ‘innocent’

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. The offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "Caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on jihadist websites said on Sunday. The group, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, has renamed itself "Islamic State" and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadi as "Caliph" - the head of the state, the statement said. REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A Durban man who died fighting in Syria earlier this week has been described as “innocent”, with “charming and beautiful” characteristics, by his family and friends. Mohammed Sadiq Vawda, 24, and his brother Ahmed Khalil Vawda, 21, left for Syria via Turkey in November 2015. The brothers lived in Sherwood. ...

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Heroic rescue bid took heavy toll


Ignorant of the lurking and deadly danger, three seamen paid with their lives for promptly responding to a distress call from labourers working on the Durban naval base on Friday. Leaking methane gas from a sewer pump pit in an unused area at the base overwhelmed the seamen, with the ...

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Death mall to rise again


The ill-fated Tongaat Mall that collapsed three years ago, killing two construction workers, has been sold and a new shopping centre is to be built on the site. PropRoyale Developments, in partnership with Investec Property and AJ Property Developments, have purchased the property from the current developer, Ravi Jagadasan, the ...

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Deadly bug hits beaches


A Durban doctor, who contracted a deadly flesh-eating bacteria through a cut on his leg while surf-skiing in the ocean, is lucky to be alive and not to have lost the limb. Dr Peter Breedt of Hillcrest, a surf-ski enthusiast, is one of several people who have got sick after ...

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Beach claims two lives


TWO men died in separate drowning incidents at Battery Beach in Durban on Wednesday. A 29-year-old man drowned just after 6pm. Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said: “Lifeguards found the man in the water. They pulled him out and tried to bring him back to life.” He said advanced life ...

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Man dies after falling from roof


A 29 year old man was killed after he fell through a roof at an industrial premises in Tongaat – KZN earlier on today. At approximately 12:15 members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the scene after receiving requests for medical assistance for the man who was believed ...

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Electric bill shock: Pensioner to pay R531 770 by tomorrow


A Chatsworth pensioner is seething after receiving a municipal utility bill of more than R500 000. He has no clue how he is expected to pay this amount by Saturday. Bill Govender, of Silverglen, said his January statement, which he received on Tuesday, reflected a total of R531 770 owing ...

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Six dead in gas explosion at Durban harbour


Six men have died and 26 were injured in a freak gas explosion in a sewer pit at the naval base in Durban harbour at midday on Friday. Paramedics arrived as rescue teams retrieved the bodies of six men from the sewer pit. Paramedics assessed all six men and declared ...

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WATCH: Taxi driver assaults woman


Appeals have been made for a woman assaulted in a taxi to come forward, as a video of the incident goes viral. The owner of the taxi, Velaphi Gumede, has committed himself to firing the driver, saying he cannot work with “an abuser”. Gumede was reacting to news of a ...

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