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KZN News Bites: Cable theft plunges KwaMashu into the dark

Sihle Mavuso presents the latest news from KwaZulu-Natal.

KwaMashu – The alleged theft of copper cable from one of the power lines owned and operated by eThekwini municipality plunged several areas into darkness on Sunday night and triggered a violent service delivery protest. Parts of Newlands East, Newlands West, and Siyanda in KwaMashu were left in darkness. The power had not yet been restored by 2pm on Tuesday. The outage saw residents of Siyanda blocking the busy intersection of Dumisani Makhaye Highway, Inanda Road and Malandela Road.

Pietermaritzburg – The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has been authorised to investigate the financially troubled KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports, Arts and Culture after allegations of corruption and maladministration were raised concerning the construction of nine libraries in the province and the tender to supply them with books. The SIU’s probe will look into the construction of the following libraries: Dukuduku and modular libraries in Nibela, KwaNkosi Khumalo, KwaKhetha, Mpembeni, Ntunjambili, Denny Dalton, Mfekayi and KwaNzimakwe near Port Shepstone.

Ulundi – Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has given the privately owned Mawana Game Reserve in Ulundi in northern KZN 14 days to get its house in order and fence off its elephants or lose its licence to keep the animals. Ezemvelo’s move follows an incident on Friday last week when stray elephants nearly killed Mzobanzi Buthelezi from Ekudubekeni in KwaCeza, who was tending his herd of cattle near the reserve. Before this incident, residents complained that the reserve had done nothing to keep the elephants fenced in. Ezemvelo alleges that the fence of the game park is almost non-existent, making it easy for the elephants to stray and wreak havoc in nearby communities.

Nongoma – Prince Bonga Zulu, a senior member of the ANC in Nongoma has been removed from all official WhatsApp groups of the governing party after he was allegedly associated with the uMkhonto Wesizwe Party (MK) led by former president Jacob Zuma. Prince Zulu told Scrolla.Africa he was removed from the WhatsApp groups after his name was said to have appeared in one of the MK groups. Zulu said his woes with the ANC started on 16 December when Zuma announced that he would campaign and vote for MK and he made a comment which other comrades viewed as support for Zuma.

Mbazwana – The EFF in the Umkhanyakude district in northern KZN has accused the ANC of removing its posters along the busy Mbazwana-Manguzi road. The EFF said it was the first party to put up posters on the street poles next to the Engen garage in Mbazwana, but they were later removed and replaced with ANC posters. A few days ago MK’s major billboard in the town of Dundee was removed and the hoarding was left empty.

Pictured above: Dumisani Makhaye highway blocked by protesting residents of Siyanda.

Image source: Sihle Mavuso