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You can now legally be sued for defamation or charged with crimen injuria for comments made on the popular WhatsApp platform. The Rising Sun newspapers and online media interviewed a digital law expert about how defamation on WhatsApp is dealt with in SA.

he noticed that the shack and furniture were completely burned. His mother-in-law confirmed that the suspect with whom he had the altercation, came to her house in Mount Moriah at about 22H00 and threatened to kill the complainant’s child as well as burn down his shack. The witness saw the suspect pushing a tyre in the direction of complainant’s house. A small piece of a burned tyre was found at the crime scene.

On Monday the Tsedi Hope Foundation joined the ANCWL from Pixley Ka Seme Zone programme on gender-based violence. There were also peaceful pickets in Verulam and oThongathi – where members also marched on the streets.

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The essence of growing together means investing in your local communities, and progressing them. That investment is the grace of development and giving a helping hand when all seems ruined and no hope in sight.

Feeding is a humanitarian need, states Councillor Moonsamy Spring brought with it eternal hope, as ANC Councillor, Stanley Moonsamy and team braved the chill to attend to the most essential needs of their communities.

2 arrested for pregnant teacher’s murder: A burned-out bakkie riddled with bullet holes was found with human remains. The post-mortem revealed that the recovered remains was of a woman who was eight months pregnant. Consequent DNA tests revealed that the body was of a 35-year-old educator.

According to the Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, there are now 639 362 cumulative confirmed cases since the country recorded its first case in March 2020.

12-year-old elopes with 34-year-old neighbour: A 12-year-old Cornubia resident was reported to have eloped, allegedly under pressure, with her 34-year-old married neighbour. Her parents discovered that the pre-teen’s clothes and a bag were missing from their home and sought assistance from their neighbour.

SAPS Rapid Response members sealed of a temple after reports of a break-in in progress was received. An African black male was found inside the Palmview temple and arrested.

President Rohan Shekhar Sukhnanan of the Interact Club of Greenbury Secondary School initiated and coordinated a hamper drive project, under the guidance of Youth Services Director, Mrs S. Champamoni during the lockdown! Many hours were dedicated to networking and hosting meetings via whatsapp with Interact members.

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It was the arising after the long winter of depression. Spring brings rebirth and growth, so it was the ideal day to launch our Garden of Hope on Tuesday, 1 September 2020.

Following the public apology issued by Vikesh Ramsunder, CEO of Clicks, with respect to offensive Tresemme marketing materials, the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) strongly condemns the vandalisation of property and acts of intimidation against the retailer. Property has been damaged, staff members’ lives have been put at risk and, no doubt, financial losses have been incurred as a result of the violence. Most importantly, patients who depend on Clicks to fill their medication prescriptions have also been compromised at the affected sites.

Despite the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, eThekwini Municipality is forging ahead with its mandate to support small businesses. As part of its Economic Recovery Plan, the Municipality will host a series of online business empowerment activities during the 22nd Durban Business Fair (DBF) to commence from 15-27 September. The eThekwini mayor, Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda, says the City will not allow scourge of COVID-19 to determine how the agenda of development should be advanced.

Bogus doctor arrested: In the early hours of the morning, the Trio Crime Task Team, SAPS, K9, together with Crime Intelligence, arrested a wanted “bogus medical doctor” for fraud. Police received a complaint about a doctor who was practising at a local hospital in KZN north coast, who disappeared with a sum of R40 000 belonging to his colleagues. An intensive investigation revealed that the 24-year-old man was a fake doctor and was wanted for three fraud cases committed in Secunda and Mamelodi. He left the two areas and went to work in the KZN north coast as a doctor but disappeared after three months with a sum of cash. In the early hours of the morning police, arrested the suspect, charged him for fraud. He took police to Mondlo, where copies of tertiary certificates, cell phones, his tertiary gown and stethoscope were recovered. The investigation revealed that he was a medical student for a year before he dropped out.

Shopping online for cars was a safe, easy, convenient way. One could search and look at thousands of vehicles across the country – without leaving one’s home. The level of trust was between buyer and seller. But it has become a modus operandi of scam: buyers are scammed into paying deposits to secure vehicles but then the advertisers disappear – along with thousands in cash.

“I see deaths of a different kind now. COVID-19 has altered the reality of my profession”. These are the cutting, deadening reality of Mr M, an undertaker based on the north coast, and in active business for over three decades. He chose anonymity as the nature of his business demands so, and the revelations of his interviews would attract negative publicity.

The socially-altering effects of COVID-19 have meant very trying times for a world on a stressful edge, avoiding infection. But to die alone, evidently from the virus, was a fate that befell a Phoenix resident. The decomposing body of a 44-year-old man was found in his Trenance manor, Phoenix, home recently. Neighbours called for assistance after foul stenches emitted from the man’s home. The neighbour confirmed that the man was unwell and was not seen for about 4 days. First responders, RUSA officers, forced entry upon permission from a family member and discovered the decomposing body of the victim in one of the bedrooms. He is suspected to have died of the COVID-19 but confirmation is expected this week.

A gang of notorious criminals, allegedly wanted for a number of crimes committed in Durban and its surrounding areas, were apprehended by Syndicate Protection Services officers in Phoenix, on Friday. According to the Chief Executive Officer, Jerome Chetty, members of the gang have been wanted by police in cases ranging from aggravated robberies, shootings and possible kidnappings.

“They stole my fees and dreams”

Sugita Juggoo’s excitement and joy at receiving her accreditation to study at a college was unsurpassed. Finally finding a way for financial freedom and to assist her then-elderly parents out of their hardships, she registered for an Education and Development Level 3 course. Consultations with Student Support and counsellors gave her a firm sense of grounding: as a lover of children, she wanted to work with them and being in education was one way of moulding young minds and impartation of knowledge.

Biker killed in crash: Loss of control has been touted as the reason for a fatal motorbike crash, which claimed the life of a 35-year-old man.

SAPS officers arrested: Investigations by the Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit led to the arrest of three SAPS officers for theft and defeating the ends of justice. It is alleged that in April this year, police officers attached to the Visible Policing Task Team approached a businessperson in the North Coast CBD and accused him of selling cigarettes during the lockdown. The police officers entered the storeroom and allegedly removed cigarettes as well as cash. A case of theft was opened at the Tongaat SAPS station and was assigned to the Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit for investigation. Two warrant officers, aged 39 and 48, as well as a constable, aged 36, were arrested. They appeared at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court and were granted bail of R3000 each. The matter was adjourned to 28 October 2020.

In celebration of Women’s Month, Land Rover Ballito together with Niche Aesthetic Elements and Dev Security pledge 100 pairs of shoes to Lotusville Primary and Verulam Secondary.

In what is a historic first for a South African Indian, and for a woman, the Board of Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced the appointment of Kugandrie Govender as Acting Chief Executive Officer of CSA, with immediate effect. This comes amidst the resignation of its former Acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr Jacques Faul, who resigned on 17 August 2020. Ms Govender was CSA’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Another tuck shop has been robbed in an aggravated business robbery incident. The business, in Stoneham, Phoenix, was stormed by 3 African males, wearing masks, as the owner was in the process of locking up, with a few customers therein. The suspects, surmised to be in their 20s, bore firearms, and used them to threaten the victims.

“We dip our head in shame”, stated President Ramaphosa as he got tough with the ANC members over corruption, jobs for pals, cronyism, criminality. SIU and SARS are investigating R1.2 billion worth of COVID-19-related corruption.

Insurance fraud is one of the highest-escalating financial crimes. Sometimes, the complications of criminal defrauding are so sophisticated that very few are convicted, often enriching the fraudsters.

One of the two suspects arrested in connection with the murder of five women in Mthwalume, on the KZN south coast, has committed suicide. The two men, aged 35 and 40, were arrested last week Friday following the recent discovery of the fifth body of an unidentified woman in a sugar cane field.

What have been the successes of women especially in SA, and on a more microcosm level, around our communities on the north coast?

A policeman was knocked over during a shooting incident in Royal manor, Sastri Park, Phoenix. First responders’ reports claim that they responded to a call after multiple shots were fired in the area.

A driver of a Ford Focus was at a red traffic light when he was confronted by 2 Black males on either side of his vehicle. He was threatened with a knife and brutally dragged out of his car. The suspects drove off in the direction of KwaMashu. The victim was unhurt and the car was found abandoned by the tracking company.

A crime syndicate is suspected to be behind the spate of aggravated business robberies on the north coast after Barcelo’s Chicken restaurant at the Phoenix Plaza was robbed. A victim related that she was serving customers when she noticed 2 Black males enter the store, pretending to be customers. One Black male was posted at the door, as a lookout.

The Rising Sun newspapers and Online Media spoke to extraordinary women on being women, mothers, professionals in 2020 against the backdrop of COVID-19, gender-based crimes, women’s leadership roles.

How to block companies from stealing your airtime

It has been an ongoing saga of frustration, theft, complaints – but theft of airtime and unsolicited, illegal subscriptions have been the bane of cell phone users for years. As users, we are at the mercy of these rogue operators.

SA statistics as of 10 August: confirmed: 563 598, recovered: 417 200 recovered, deaths: 10 621. Worldwide: infections: 20m, recoveries: 12.1m, deaths: 731 000

Eskom and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) issued summons to recover R3.8 billion from Eskom executives, former board members, the Gupta family and their associates. A spokesperson stated that the funds were “lost“ in a concerted effort to corruptly divert financial resources from the electricity producer.

Alleged Trenance Park suicide: the body of a 44-year-old Trenance Park, Verulam, male was found hanged from the rafters of his home by his 15-year-old daughter. First investigations report that the man had hanged himself from the bedroom rafters using a piece of electrical cable. The dead father was cut down by his teen daughter and 75-year-old grandfather. Interviews with the family indicated that the victim had not shown any sign of depression or suicidal tendencies.

The most brutal of realities has hit KwaZulu-Natal, being labelled South Africa’s murder capital for the fourth year running in succession, according to the annual crime statistics. Inanda, a densely-populated, rural, semi-rural informal area on the outskirts of Phoenix, north of Durban, has recorded the highest number of rapes in the country.

SAPS officers from Mandeni SAPS were filling fuel at a service station in Eshowe when they heard the sound of a person screaming for help. They realised that the screams were from a vehicle that was going past on Osborne Road in Eshowe. The SAPS officers immediately intercepted the vehicle, with four occupants within. Police found a 31-year-old in the boot, severely assaulted and bleeding. Upon questioning, the occupants in the vehicle, accused the victim of theft. Four suspects aged between 16 and 28 were arrested on charges of kidnapping and assault. The injured man was taken to hospital for medical attention. The suspects appeared at the Eshowe Magistrate’s Court.

It has been the scope of dreams and human imagination as to what is out there. Can any other planet be like Earth? The search for such answers may lie in NASA’s latest space mission: the journey to Mars has begun - 57.6 million km away - the minimum distance between Earth and Mars that occurs every two years due to orbiting.

The theft of cables – especially copper and steel – has besieged communities as desperate thieves sell them for the metal value. Not even the dangers of deadly, high-voltage streetlight cables are a threat, as evidenced in rife cable theft in major parts of Phoenix.

PCC partnership for health campaign kicks off

COVID-19 has affected virtually every facet of life, and the new normal is the most stressful of continuance. Chief among that is the maintenance of good health, with vitamin C especially touted as boosters for countering the effects of viruses, and a momentum to boosting immunity. So very essential during these cold, winter months, when seasonal flu and colds plays havoc with one’s immune system.

Amidst the COVID-19 surge in infections and deaths, The Department of Basic Education (DoBE) has published a new directive outlining the return plan for students after a government-mandated break. South Africa’s public schools began the four-week break from physical teaching from 27 July in line with new directive of protocols to prevent and infections and deaths. While some students are due to return before this four-week break concludes, a number of grades have not returned to school since the introduction of restrictions in mid-March.

Eskom has structures and programmes in place where Free Basic Electricity (FBE) is provided to certain households, based on many and defining means tests. The Rising Sun Interviewed Saras Beemiah, KZN CAD Corporate Affairs for Eskom to explain the process and details of applications.

Four Durban Metro Police officers from the oThongathi division were arrested for corruption and theft. Their arrest follows an investigation by the Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit into a corruption and theft case reported on 10 June 2020.

It was recorded as an armed robbery. SAPS officers applied due diligence and resources to attend to the report of the aggravated robbery where the caller reported that while travelling to work, he was approached by an unknown Black male when he stopped at a stop street at the corner of Southbury and Eastbury drives, Phoenix. The Black male asked for a cigarette lighter, and in response, the male offered it to him.


Statistics as of 3 August: Confirmed: 516 862, Recovered: 358 037, Deaths: 8539. KwaZulu-Natal infections: 85 361.

In an easing of restrictions, eThekwini Municipality Mayor, Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda, has welcomed the relaxation of restrictions on tourism activities announced by the Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, on 30 July.

Launched as part of the Durban international Film Festival, the Durban FilmMart Institute announced the selected 2020 Finance Forum Projects for the 11th Durban FilmMart Virtual Edition, which takes place from 4-13 September. A total of 230 documentary and feature fiction projects were submitted for this year’s edition, and after a rigorous adjudication process with a panel of film experts, 31 projects were selected for the finance forum.

A media release by Wild Trust’s Wild Oceans has revealed the truth behind a fake news social media videoclip. A video shared on Facebook by SA Uncut has caused unnecessary fear and panic amongst the general public as it was incorrectly labelled “Young KZN man mauled by shark”.

The reopening of fast food restaurants has meant that desperate and seasoned criminals have new places of business to rob. This was proved after Debonairs Pizza in Wick Street, Verulam CBD, was robbed – again after a few months ago.

The vicious anger that pervades a community when crimes are committed against a minor has led to vigilante justice. It is alleged that a 15-year-old African teenager was allegedly involved in the rape of a 10-year-old female on Sunday in the Mount Moriah area.

A 42-year-old man appeared in court after police discovered a large quantity of counterfeit Nike takkies, with an estimated value of R200 000. It is alleged that the suspect was travelling from Mozambique to Durban, where he intended to sell the goods. He was charged for possession of counterfeit goods.

Serving humanity always lay at the heart and pursuits of Nelson Mandela – SA’s global icon of dedication and selfless humanitarian and peaceful initiatives. It is with this noble theme of progression that Mandela Day (18 July every year) that a service to mankind, especially to the indigent, poor, needy and hungry.

*SA needs to earn to live with COVID-19, stated Professor Salim Karim– chairperson of the SA Ministerial Advisory Committee. He further stated that sending children back to school and opening more sectorsof the economy was contradictory as the SA moving to its peak. Karim supported research that proved that smokers were at a higher risk and had a substantially higher death than non-smokers.

In his address on Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa stressed that SA is peaking rapidly in infections and death cases. The storm is upon us, said President Ramaphosa, alluding to the more than 280 000 infections and more than 4100 deaths.

Reaching to the furthest corners of the Municipality, Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda collaborated with the Al-Imdaad Foundation for a massive winter warmth campaign in Ward 62 of oThongathi. Rife with poverty, unemployment, lack of basic essential services and water services, the COVID-19 aggravations has meant lost jobs and sources of livelihood, leaving them fighting to put food on the table. In this situation, many do not have the means to buy that extra blanket or a warm hat to keep their children’s ears warm.

There is still time to apply for UIF TERS benefits. Dept of Employment and Labour’s directive confirmed that the UIF will continue to accept and process COVID-19 claims for April, May, June until the cut-of date is determined.

Detectives from the Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit, in their sterling mandate of clean governance, arrested 2 SAPS officers from the Durban Central SAPS station on charges of corruption, theft, and defeating the ends of justice. These arrests were the epitome of a thorough investigation that the PACU initiated when a Durban business owner laid a charge of unlawful detention, as well as the theft of cash and cell phones from his business premises. Reports indicate that the owner was at his business premises when he was confronted by the 2 SAPS officers, who accused him of dealing in stolen phones.

The war against drugs was bolstered when a 29-year-old man appeared in the Phoenix Magistrate’s Court on 3 July 2020 for dealing in drugs. He was arrested on 2 July 2020 at 16H45 after a joint operation was conducted by the Durban Public Order Police, Crime Intelligence and Metro Police Drug Team.

The average South African consumes 11 litres of alcohol yearly, which is almost twice as much as the global average. Of 195 countries surveyed, SA closes the top 30. In 2018, the NPO Diabetes SA, stated that there were1.3 million diagnosed diabetes cases in KZN - 33% of all SA. KZN also has the highest diabetes mortality rate. Add the Covid-19 virus into the dangerous mix, and according to research in esteemed medical journal, Diabetologia, a first study of Covid-19 patients with diabetes shows that 10% die within seven days of hospital admission. The study shows that two thirds (65%) of Covid-19 patients with diabetes admitted to hospital are men. Worse, blood sugar control did not seem to impact a patient’s outcome, however the presence of diabetic complications and increasing age increase the risk of death.

Private pre-schools, ECD can open

In a webcast audience/interview, The Rising Sun newspapers and online media spoke to the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, on the re-launch, re-induction and new safety precautions for schools and the readiness programme. Minister Motshekga maintained that it is not yet possible to measure the impact of the current school closures on learning, since no significant assessments of learner performance have been done. Schools are also expected to review and re-design new timetables.

A malfunctioning geyser is believed to be the cause of a house fire in Southridge, Verulam. On Monday, Reaction Unit South Africa officers arrived at the Umdloti Road residence in response to an activation. The caregiver to an 82-year-old female explained that an outage, and assumed it was in a wide area.

New Battles, Different Perspectives

June was traditionally Youth Month – the historic remembrance of the youth in action as they braved death to counter the apartheid evils. Dying for the cause in many cases, but their history remains a legacy we will never forget.

The all-too-familiar modus operandi by criminals to actively watch, follow and rob unsuspecting bank customers as they exit the banks played out yet again on Monday morning. A business owner was held up at gunpoint after he exited a bank in oThongathi by 4 suspects in the parking zone.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) had initially planned to kickstart its phased reopening of schools from 1 June 2020, provided that health, safety, and social-distancing requirements are in place.

Lives vs Livelihoods

How did SA’s COVID-19 statistics leap from under 100 during the State of National Disaster lockdown to more than ten-fold? Transmission rates spiralled the curve; the opening of restrictions and movement also brought with that reckless endangerment and heedless social activities.

Massive Retrenchments Hit Locals Hard

Nisha Maharaj, 44, thought that she was comfortable. Straight out of high school, she joined Edgars as a floor sales person. Experience and growth phase in one of SA’s biggest non-food retailer promised her job security, higher salary and various discounts. Appointed as a store manager last year, she thought that the rumblings of business rescue and liquidation in 2019 would pass. Ms Maharaj was served her retrenchment notice last week.