Police operation nets 157


A province-wide clampdown by KwaZulu-Natal police has – in little more than 24 hours – led to the arrest of 157 suspects. Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said the operation began on Thursday and ended on Friday. “These operations were conducted under the umbrella of Operation Fiela to combat crime ...

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City officials clamp down on illegal dwellings


Hundreds of residents, mainly foreigners, are being exploited by property owners and landlords to live in conditions that are not compliant with the city’s by-laws – and the owners are reaping the benefits. To prioritise the issue of problem buildings in the city, the municipality held a city-wide law enforcement ...

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Durban officially ready to host the more than million visitors


The eThekwini Municipality on Thursday said it was ready to host more than 1.4 million tourists during the festive season. Municipal spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa said in a statement that 90 000 wristbands had been procured for the high number of visitors to the beaches. “All children on the beachfront will be ...

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ISIS flag flown in Durban home

The flag

Reports of a Pinetown resident flying what appears to be the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) flag at his home in the Durban suburb surfaced on Tuesday just days after the militant group claimed responsibility for attacks in Paris. The attacks claimed more than 120 lives. One of ...

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Land invaders raid Morningside

Land INvaders

Metro police, armed with paintball guns, clashed with about 100 land invaders yesterday to prevent them from illegally occupying vacant land in Durban’s Morningside suburb. The group, many of whom live in the neighbouring Kennedy Road informal settlement, used pangas and spades to clear the thick bush along Silver Willow ...

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Oscar Pistorius released


Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was released from prison under correctional supervision on Monday night, the department of correctional services said. “The handling of the actual placement is an operational matter of the local management, and how they handle it is their prerogative,” spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said. “They carry it out in ...

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Woman caught trying to sell her baby on Gumtree


A 20-year-old woman has been arrested for trying to sell her baby for R5 000 on Gumtree, the Hawks said on Thursday. She was arrested in Pietermaritzburg after an undercover agent arranged to buy the 19-month-old baby from her, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said. The child was handed to a social ...

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Hilton College mock rape picture tasteless


A startling picture of Hilton College school boys simulating gang s.ex with a boy dressed in a St Anne’s Diocesan College uniform, and posted on social media by one of the boys, has horrified the two schools and outraged those who have seen it. The image, shared on Twitter, is ...

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Homeless Phd Scientist speaks

The Dr says alcohol has been his downfall

Dr Tobias Ntuli, a scientist with a PhD who has been on the streets, said he would still like to contribute to the world of science and to society as a whole. Ntuli received a PhD in cell biology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2004 and seven years later, ...

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Gift of the Givers bring much needed aid to Umlazi


Volunteers from aid and relief non-government organisation (NGO) Gift of the Givers descended on the notorious Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi to distribute food on Monday. The hostel, and the community it houses, has been ravaged by violence perpetrated by alleged hit squads. Some 44 people have been murdered at the ...

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