Man tells of losing family in ‘evil’ attack


Attending an afternoon soccer match saved a Richmond man’s life on Saturday. As he cheered his team on, gunmen were storming his home and killing four relatives, including his 7-year-old niece. This brought the total to eight people killed in separate attacks on Saturday. Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC ...

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Two injured after taxi crashes into fence


Two people have escaped with minor injuries after the driver of the vehicle they were in lost control and went down a bank on Annet Drive in Reservoir Hills on Sunday evening. Just after 05:30pm Rescue Care Paramedics were called to the scene by passing motorists. On arrival they found ...

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Armed men kill four family members


A family murder, in which four people were killed including an 11-year-old child, has rocked the Richmond community in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Speaking to The Mercury on Sunday, Quinton Dawood, said his grandmother Cecelia Chiliza, 60, uncle Dumisani Chiliza, 35, cousin Nkosikhona Masango, 27, and his 11-year-old niece Noxolo Dawood ...

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Relatives ‘got dog to attack teenager’


Close relatives of a teenage girl allegedly set a dog on her, and now threaten and taunt her by singing: “The dog must bite her, the dog must bite her.” Lerato*, 17, was attacked during a row between her mother and the family of her late father. Two aunts and ...

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No race war, at least for now


The only reason many South Africans are not agitating over the race issue is that they are more concerned about other priorities, writes Dennis Pather. It all started with Penny Sparrow, when she spewed out her vitriol about the behaviour of black people on our beaches. When her insulting comments ...

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UKZN’s med school rot exposed

UKZN vice-chancellor, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, addressýes the Fees Commission at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Monday.  Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s medical school failed to implement its quota policy, blocking deserving youngsters from becoming doctors. Some students were also wrongly given a place “due to an IT system error” that could have been manually manipulated. These were among conclusions of a report by auditing firm KPMG that ...

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N2 collision leaves five dead


In the early hours of this morning IPSS Medical Rescue responded to a horrific high impact collision on the N2 near bridge 16. A small motor vehicle and a SUV collided head on. On arrival IPSS medics found that 3 occupants of the SUV as well as the the driver ...

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Council wrecked my home to build a pond: pensioner


A pensioner is fighting the eThekwini Municipality because he claims the city caused more than R300 000 in damage to his home. However, he was apparently told the city did not have the money to repair it. Komare Sadapal, 74, from Bonela, said the problem had his family frustrated. It ...

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Durban stepfather arrested for murder of girl (8


A man suspected of killing his eight-year-old stepdaughter has been arrested – after the partially decomposed body of the child was found in Inanda, north of Durban. Police say the body of the girl was discovered in a bush, following a search by police and community members. Police spokesperson, Thembeka ...

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Robbers run amok in Durban suburb


As one family reeled from a cops-and-robbers shootout in Westville North, neighbours desperately called for help as another gang of men stormed their home. On Thursday night, Rakesh Ganess and his family were trapped in their garage while robbers shot it out with police around their Kirriemuir Road home. One ...

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