A 16-year-old teenager, Zanomusa Mdluli lost his life while swimming with friends in a dam in eMachibini, KwaZulu-Natal.
His friend, Njabulo Mbhamali, says they tried rescuing Mdluli when they realised that he was drowning.
However, they had to abandon their efforts as they started losing breath under water and also almost drowned.
The K9 unit was called in to assist rescue Mdluli but police spokesperson Senzo Gumede says the teenager had already died upon their arrival. – Report by Maputaland Radio News reporter, Sduduzo Mathenjwa
Zulu monarch prime minister, Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi, has revealed that king Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu is still recuperating in hospital.
Buthelezi says while the king’s health is still not great, the situation is improving.
“I am happy that the queen of Linduzulu, umaNdlovu, and myself were briefed by the head of the medical team that’s treating the king. We have been told that their efforts to treat the king are progressing well and they are also happy with the progress made so far,” concludes Buthelezi.
The 73-year-old Zulu king was unable to open the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature as is customary at the beginning of the year due to ill health.
He was admitted to ICU last month due to high glucose levels. – Report by Maputaland Radio News reporter, Nokubonga Xaba.
The Njokweni family in Mboza, KwaZulu-Natal, has been dealt a double blow following the collapse of the wall of the house, which claimed gogo Agrennet Gumede (80).
Heavy rains, fanned by strong winds, caused the collapse.
Speaking to Matubaland FM news, gogo Gumede’s grandson Xolani Dlamini says the 80-year-old passed away in hospital after the incident.
He says gogo’s son, who had been sick for a while, also lost his battle with life on the same day his mother passed on.
Gogo Gumede was sitting with her daughter Perret Njokweni (58) when the wall of the house collapsed on them.
Njokweni is in a critical condition at Ngwelezane Hospital.
“While my aunt managed to escape – gogo couldn’t. Neighbours came out to assist the family and we called an ambulance which came and took them to hospital,” says Dlamini.
Ward 13 councillor, where the incident occurred, John Gwala has warned the community to be careful when it rains.
He says no other incidents have been reported in the area, other than the Njokweni tragedy.
A 47-year-old company director in Limpopo has been arrested for COVID-19 social relief funds fraud.
The suspect from Mtititi, outside Malamulele, is alleged to have stolen R3.2 million from the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
The Mtititi Drop in Centre director had allegedly claimed the UIF money on behalf of her 242 former workers of the Malamulele-based Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).
Upon investigations following a complaint on the matter, the Hawks investigators found that the workers’ contract was terminated before President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a lockdown.
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation alleges that the money claimed never made it to the pockets of the former workers.
The 47-year-old woman will appear in the Malamulele Magistrate’s Court on Monday.