KZN News Bites: Police arrest fake cop found with cocaine

Sihle Mavuso presents the latest news from around KwaZulu-Natal. 

Durban — The police arrested a 38-year-old foreign national who was found in possession of cocaine and a fake police identification card in Musgrave, Durban. A search of his home led to the recovery of fraudulent fishing permits, more fraudulent police identification cards, fraudulent refugee asylum work permits, a police date stamp, as well as 15 rounds of ammunition.

Umlazi — A video of Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, who is also a senior ANC NEC member, mocking former president Jacob Zuma has emerged. In the video, Cele said the way Zuma liked positions, he even looked for them in the mud. He added that he won’t be surprised to see Zuma becoming a councillor. Cele was addressing a gathering of the South African National Civic Organisation in Umlazi on Saturday. 

Durban — The township of Ntuzuma in the ANC-run eThekwini Municipality has been hit by a water crisis that has seen taps running dry for almost a week. Residents claim that the crisis started on Saturday last week and no one from the municipality has bothered to explain when the service would be restored.

Weneen — Inkosi Ntandoyenkosi Shabalala, the IFP mayor of Uthukela Municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal, said voters should give his party a chance to lead the province. According to Shabalala, the ANC had been given a chance but had nothing to show for the 20 years they have governed the once thriving province that he says is now facing collapse.

Pietermaritzburg — There is uproar at Umngeni-Uthukela Water after the entity’s board met last week and resolved to appoint a candidate as its CEO who is facing a probe for alleged corruption. The person allegedly committed the acts while working for a water board in North West province. According to internal sources, the board surprised everyone at the entity when they overlooked the “capable” Dr Sipho Manana, who has been acting in the position for months. Manana successfully led the merger of the former Umgeni Water and Umhlathuze Water to form a single provincial water board. 

The spokesperson for the entity, Siyabonga Maphumulo, said the process to fill the position of CEO is still ongoing. 

“uMngeni-uThukela Water Board will not be drawn into commenting on the process of appointing a chief executive as this is a process that is still underway and no final decision has yet been taken,” said Maphumulo.

Pietermaritzburg — Several unemployed doctors are picketing in the city to highlight their concerns, saying they want the government to employ them. The Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, has said the health department does not have money to employ them. The IFP and other political parties have called on the government to find money to hire the desperate doctors. 

Umzumbe — The ANC in KZN has suspended seven ward councillors of Umzumbe Municipality. The party said they were suspended for attending last week’s special council sitting. Mlungisi Ndlovu of the IFP was elected as the mayor, ousting Bongani Nyuswa although his party, the ANC, has a clear majority in the municipality. The suspension comes as another special council sitting has been scheduled for Wednesday, “to clear the municipality of corrupt directors and politically aligned managers”. The divisions within the councillors started late last year when the ANC suspended and later axed the former speaker, Sibonelo Maphumulo. The Maphumulos are politically and financially powerful in the area.

Pictured above: Police seize the belongings of the fake cop. 

Image source: Supplied


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