* Ugu Mayor Ntombifikile Gumede has vented her spleen over the low attendance of the Ugu Intergovernmental Relations Summit by councillors and mayors of sister municipalities of Ugu. The summit was to have been attended by a wide range of stakeholders to ensure well-planned and integrated service delivery. Ugu Municipal Manager D.D. Naidoo was equally scathing in his criticism. “The days of planning in silos are over. In this forum we are equal partners, and we should plan together. We have been instructed by government to call all departments to this forum, and we should work together to deliver services to people in an integrated way.” Naidoo said he had heard that four schools were to be built in Ugu. “We were not informed during planning, so how could we plan to provide water to these schools?
* The police has warned people to screen casual workers extremely carefully when hiring them. Captain Vincent Pandarum emphasised this after Rosh Pillay of Marburg was attacked by a casual worker on Tuesday morning. The suspect and accomplices were arrested soon afterwards, and have appeared in court.
* It has been announced that strict traffic control measures will be in force at this year’s Ugu Jazz Festival at the Ugu Sport and Leisure Centre on 22 June. Accredited shuttle providers will ferry ticket holders from the designated parking areas to the venue in shuttles and buses. Only ticket holders will be given access to parking sites and allowed to board shuttles. Law enforcement personnel will deal harshly with offenders. People will not be allowed to loiter, braai, play loud music or consume alcohol at parking sites.
* An HCM traffic officer has been arrested for allegedly taking a R200 bribe from a motorist in Margate on Monday. Simphiwe Hlophe appeared in the Ramsgate magistrate’s court on Tuesday, and was released on R3 000 bail. The case was postponed until 29 August.
* A man apparently tried to commit suicide by jumping off the Nelson Mandela Road bridge over the toll road on Tuesday. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries, and at this stage it is not known whether he is still alive. Two witnesses saw the man jump. He landed in the southbound lane, and was pulled off the road by the bystanders.
* An 84-year-old Oslo Beach woman has been robbed of money, a cellphone and a computer by an intruder who ransacked her house. She locked herself in her bedroom during the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Warrant Officer Bhekizwe Ngeleka on 039-688-1000.
* The body of a woman who had been stabbed in the chest, has been found near the railway line in Park Rynie. She was 23-years old, and there is a strong possibility that she had been sexually assaulted.
* After an internal investigation, three Umdoni protection service officers were suspended this week for allegedly taking a R290 bribe from a member of the public. There will be a formal internal hearing, and they are due to appear in the Umzinto Magistrate’s Court on charges of corruption.