Lightning strikes two family members dead in Nongoma

Lightning strikes two family members dead in Nongoma

 Bad weather in KwaZulu-Natal has claimed two lives in Nongoma’s Ward 21, eMahhashini.

The Buthelezi family members were killed by a lightning strike on Friday afternoon. 

A relative of the two was injured and rushed to hospital.

The storms damaged a number of houses in both Nongoma and Ulundi.

The provincial Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) says disaster management teams are busy with assessments.  

They are also providing support to the Buthelezi family.

KZN Cogta MEC, Sipho Hlomuka, has sent condolences to the family.

Hlomuka has also warned residents across KZN of the dangers posed by inclement weather conditions in the province, urging them to be cautious.

Graft could destabilise SA, collapse economy: Zulu king

Graft could destabilise SA, collapse economy: Zulu king

The Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu, has denounced corruption in the South African government.

He says it shows that public officials do not respect South African voters. 

Mbube (the Zulu king) welcomed the introduction of royal police reservists in traditionally-led communities.

The 100 officers were paraded before him in Nyokeni, Nongoma, on Thursday.

The king has named the reservists Zitoyitoyi.

The king (also affectionately referred to as the beast) says the government should respect voters and the officials should stop being so clumsy. He says if not dealt with properly, graft could destabilise the county and collapse the economy.

“We could end up like other African countries. A nation that does not learn from the mistakes of others, especially with regards to proximity between its leaders and people. It is bound to fall into the same pit,” he says.

King Zwelithini also blasted South Africans who torch and destroy property during protests, urging them to respect the country’s leaders.

On the issue of gender-based violence – he called on the Zulu nation to introspect as it is often regarded as a violent community. He called on men to change their ways. “Being a man comes with responsibilities. Abusing women and children disqualifies one from being called a man,” he warned.

Police Minister Bheki Cele led the police’s delegation to the Royal Palace.

The deployment is part of the government’s bid to strengthen capacity to address criminality in rural areas.

Cele has emphasised the need to keep all South Africans safe. – Report by the Maputaland FM news team