KZN News Bites: MK’s Reddy accused of inciting violence

Sihle Mavuso presents the latest news from KwaZulu-Natal. 

Chatsworth – Visvin Reddy, an uMkhonto Wesizwe Party (MK) member and supporter of former president Jacob Zuma, has been charged under the Riotous Assembly Act for inciting violence. Reddy appeared in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and his case was transferred to the Durban Magistrate’s Court where he will appear on 14 June. He was caught on video threatening violence if the MK Party was barred from contesting the 29 May elections.

Zululand – Among the companies that won tenders to supply food to Zululand schools as part of KwaZulu-Natal’s R2.1-billion school nutrition programme are many that are registered as gyms, family cottages, and companies in sectors such as security, construction, events and surveying. Some are even registered as travel agencies and beer brewers. 

Greytown – The Umvoti municipality in the KZN Midlands is facing a R10-million fine from environmental watchdogs for the pile of stinking waste next to the Greytown industrial area. The bad stench has led nearby factories to threaten to leave the town. The Umvoti mayor, Philani Mavundla, said the waste has been piling up since 2013 after the previous administration stopped shipping it to Pietermaritzburg to be properly processed and dumped underground as required by environmental laws. 

Nkandla – Jacob Zuma will jet off to the Kingdom of Eswatini to attend that country’s army day on Friday, which will be presided over by King Mswati III. Zuma’s visit to the kingdom will follow that of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is on a private visit there. The strictly censored Eswatini media has been barred from covering the president’s visit. Zuma is a regular visitor to the kingdom where he often attends cultural and religious ceremonies and delivers speeches. 

Pongola – The IFP’s premier candidate in KZN, Thami Ntuli, says that should he be elected, he will not neglect informal sectors such as the taxi industry, hawkers and others that play a critical role in the province’s economy. Ntuli was speaking in Pongola where he went to mobilise support for his party ahead of its provincial manifesto launch in Ulundi. The Ulundi launch will be held on Sunday 7 April in honour of the late Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi who came from the area.

Pictured above: Visvin Reddy. 

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