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Sunday Tribune

Sunday Tribune

Sunday, October 25, 2020

The Sunday Tribune is a weekend paper. The title provides readers with news that affects their lives as well as background information on what’s making news.

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3 min.
police crack senzo meyiwa case

MZILIKAZI WA AFRIKA and KARABO NGOEPE SIX years after former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead at the house of his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s mother in Ekurhuleni, police have made a breakthrough and arrested five men believed to have been the hitmen. The Sunday Independent, the Sunday Tribune’s sister publication, can reveal that the arrest warrants of the five alleged hitmen, whose names are known to this newspaper, were obtained on Wednesday. They were signed by advocate Sibongile Mzinyathi, the director of public prosecution in the Gauteng division of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). “A summary of the facts and reasons for this decision are set out in the attached memorandum by the team that was assigned the matter. “The investigating officer will be collecting the docket from this…

2 min.
officers say new kzn head is ‘rogue’

DISGRUNTLED Hawks officers have accused the newly appointed provincial head Major-General Lesetja Senona of being a rogue cop incapable of reducing crime in KZN. With the province ranked second in Corruption Watch’s list of corrupt provinces, officers who once worked under Senona’s authority have little faith in him and want the national government to reconsider his appointment. An officer has approached the office of the National Prosecuting Authority head advocate Shamila Batohi for her intervention. Senona was appointed on July 1 as KZN’s top cop. Before that he served as the head of project investigations at the police headquarters in Pretoria. Officers, who worked under Senona’s command within the organised crime unit, alleged he was involved in acts of corruption and that he colluded with TV personality Lerato Kganyago’s fiance, Thami Ndlala, in fabricating…

3 min.
inmate not poorly treated, says dcs

THE Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has refuted allegations they defied a court order and “ill-treated” an inmate, the grandson of late politician Amichand Rajbansi. They viewed such suggestions as “misleading the public” and should be condemned in all possible terms. They were responding to claims that their officials initially defied last week’s court order which permitted Avineshsing Rajbansi, 30, to be moved from a State hospital to a private one. And that DCS’ officials demanded an upfront cash payment of R145000 from the family for guards to be posted at Rajbansi’s ward during his 30-day hospital stay. Rajbansi was an awaiting trial prisoner at the Westville Prison in Durban when he fell into a comatose state last month and required hospitalisation. He is facing various counts of fraud. His mother Vimlesh Rajbansi wanted…

2 min.
prison boss seeks reinstatement

SUSPENDED KwaZulu-Natal prison boss Mnikelwa Nxele has demanded to be reinstated after he was barred from entering his office in Pietermaritzburg. Despite being permitted by an arbitrator to return to work last week Monday, armed guards denied Nxele entry to his workplace. He was also issued with another suspension by the Department of Correctional Services. Nxele’s woes began following allegations that he ignored instructions to reinstate a dismissed employee and did not follow procurement processes for a R10.6million tender in 2012. He was suspended early last year after an internal investigation but when his suspension expired in December, his attempt to return to work was thwarted, and he was served with another suspension letter. Nxele claimed that he had a fallout with the department after he outed a colleague who made irregular claims for subsistence…

2 min.
‘ignored’ leak angers residents

WHILE eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda was concerned about the wastage of water through the ageing infrastructure, his officials have seemingly turned a blind eye to a 5-month-old water leak that has left a gaping hole on Booth Road behind the Sasol garage in Cato Manor. Businessmen Sanjay Sewmungal and Michael Sewdass said the road was hazardous. Sewmungal said ward 29 councillor Mveli Mthembu’s efforts to have the leak fixed and the road repaired had been fruitless. He said the municipality seemed to have a reluctant approach to the environmental damage the water leak had caused on the road and the nearby infrastructure. “We are absolutely disgusted as this is a critical issue as there is a massive loss in water and the department is not taking our complaint seriously. Thousands of litres of clean…

4 min.
residents slam sewerage spill

APPEALS from La Mercy residents – including the threat of legal action or a rates boycott – have failed to stir a response from the eThekwini Municipality as to how they planned to stop the seepage of raw sewage from various manholes in the area. Residents claimed the spills were due to the constant malfunctioning of some sewage pump houses in the picturesque north of Durban suburb, with one in particular not operational for months. They’ve gone through the municipality’s channels and registered numerous complaints but those have remained unanswered. Instead, the fed-up locals said flies and a “putrid, sulphur-like stench” wafted through the area daily, especially in the mornings and evenings, whenever the south-westerly wind blew. They feared that, if the municipality continued to ignore the situation, home sewer lines would soon clog…