3 minute read

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT THIS WEEKEND: Relative arrested for murder after nail inserted into KZN toddler’s head, Crisis hits Pietermaritzburg mortuary, Three boys electrocuted

By Witness Reporter

Here is a wrap up of all the Weekend Witness articles you might have missed this weekend.

ANC big shot accused of shooting security guard after hand sanitiser row

A senior ANC member in Newcastle is facing attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting a security guard who demanded that he should use hand sanitiser.

UPDATED Horror case | Relative arrested for murder after nail inserted into KZN toddler’s head

KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza on Sunday expressed shock and dismay at the “barbaric murder of a toddler”.

UPDATED | Three boys electrocuted at Pietermaritzburg informal settlement

Three boys have died after being electrocuted at Jika Joe informal settlement in the Pietermaritzburg city centre at around lunch time on Saturday.

SNAKE WARNING FOR KZN | People and dogs bitten – “There is no safe way to handle this snake!”

Following the recent heavy rains and humid conditions across KwaZulu-Natal snake catchers are warning people not to be fooled by the innocent appearance of a slippery customer which is regularly being sighted – the venomous Bibron’s Stiletto snake.

Relaxed Black Friday a pleasant surprise for shoppers

A normal day. This is how this year’s Black Friday was described by shoppers.

Latest card game title ‘not funny’

Concerns have been raised about the card game “Exploding Kittens” which can be bought in stores and online.

ANC resumes Umngeni strike after municipal manager returns

ANC members who have been calling for the removal of uMngeni Municipal Manager, Thembeka Cibane, on Friday resumed their protest.

Pietermaritzburg women finally get a chance to tell their struggle stories

Pietermaritzburg women are finally getting an opportunity to share the pain and triumphs they experienced during the struggle, through the Amazwi Omame project which is collecting their stories with a plan to publish an anthology.

Zebra freed from snare at Pietermaritzburg nature reserve

A young zebra was freed from a snare a week after it was first spotted in the Bisley Nature Reserve in Pietermaritzburg.

Sacca protesters in Pietermaritzburg suspected of torching disaster management vehicles

Aggrieved Sacca informal settlement dwellers are suspected to be behind the torching of two cars at the provincial disaster management centre in Mkondeni on Thursday evening. 

Durban mother of three helping to break the HIV stigma

“HIV doesn’t kill people, it’s the stigma that kills them.”

These are the words of a Durban mother of three, Niqita Pieterse (28) , who is vocal about being HIV-positive, and encourages others to embrace their status. She also shares advice and words of encouragement on social networks about how people can live full lives while HIV-positive.

Three boys accused of raping boy (12) to be sent for counselling

The three boys who allegedly took part in the rape of another boy inside their school toilets in Pietermaritzburg, lack the criminal capacity to be prosecuted and are being sent for counselling.

A kitten or puppy and any other pet is not just for Christmas, it’s forever

With Christmas mere weeks away, giving a pet as a present seems like an excellent idea, however, careful consideration needs to be taken to ensure that the “fur-baby” is well taken care of.

MKMVA regional leader backs campaign against foreign truck drivers

Moses Mabhida region’s Mkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) leader, Babsy Sithole, is at the forefront of the current protests against foreign national truck drivers.

‘Mentally ill’ conman arrested in Pietermaritzburg

A man masquerading as an official from Mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla’s office has been arrested in Ashdown, Pietermaritzburg.

Good Samaritan cousin turns bad

A man has been jailed for 25 years in the Pietermaritzburg High Court this week for kidnapping and killing his cousin.


“Hail roar. Have you heard of this ominous weather phenomenon in which hailstones forming in clouds rub together before smashing down on us? I love the mix of excitement, adrenaline and the dreadfully sinister notions attached to this, and being a bit of a weather freak was rather thrilled to think I’d heard it in the monster storm we had on Wednesday last week,” writes Stephanie Saville.