Durban – KwaZulu-Natal communities in western parts of the province are being urged to prepare for heavy rains and possible hail today.
The South African Weather Service issued a ‘watch’ for severe storms over the western interior.
The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs says Disaster Management teams have been placed on standby.
MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube says teams are ready to jump into action should there be any localised flooding or severe hail.
Dube-Ncube is urging communities in western parts of KwaZulu-Natal to take the necessary precautions.
She says officials are monitoring the situation, especially in low-lying areas prone to flooding.
The department says it has been in contact with several municipalities – including Amajuba, uThukela, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Impendla and the Greater Kokstad area, among others, to ensure they are properly prepared.
Dube-Ncube is advising parents to ensure their children use safe roads to get to and from school.
She says teachers must not release pupils in dangerous conditions.
Meanwhile, there is a 60 percent chance of showers and thunder showers in parts of the province today.
You can find your maximum temperatures for Friday below:
Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Mooi River – 20
Margate – 18
Richards Bay and Newcastle – 24
Ladysmith and Ulundi – 22
Kokstad and the Drakensberg – 19
Possible 10-20cm on the high peaks on the central and southern Drakensberg and Lesotho between late Friday night and Saturday morning. At this point there is no consistent data indicating low-level snow and the freezing level is quite high.
Watch: Teddy Mafia’s son-in-law targeted in Shallcross drive-by shooting
Kesavan Isaac Naidoo, the son-in-law of slain alleged Durban drug boss “Teddy Mafia” has survived a brazen attempted assassination on Wednesday, his family confirmed.
The incident took place at about 10am in Shallcross, south of Durban.
Naidoo, 41, is the son-in-law of Yaganathan Pillay – also known as Teddy Mafia.
He was shot twice in a daylight hit on Table Mountain Drive. The incident was captured on CCTV.
“Isaac was shot in both legs and his driver was shot in the hand. Both of them survived. They’re in hospital,” he said.
Pillay said Naidoo was in the back seat while his wife was in the front. The shooting, seen in the footage, takes place moments after they open the doors of their vehicle to get out.
In the footage, a white vehicle can be seen driving along Table Mountain Drive before it is stopped, partially blocking the left hand side of the road. Thirteen seconds later, Naidoo’s vehicle, a white Toyota Fortuna, pulls up.
The back passenger door of the Fortuner is opened, but it is not clear from the footage who the person was who opened it or if they got out of the vehicle.
Naidoo’s wife is seen getting out of the front passenger side of the vehicle and walks towards the rear of the SUV.
Suddenly, four men alight from the stationary vehicle, three of them drawing firearms and running towards the Fortuner, firing multiple shots. The fourth man stands next to the white car.
As the bullets are fired, Naidoo’s driver accelerates and drives past the other vehicle. Naidoo is presumably in the vehicle as it speeds away, but this could not immediately be confirmed.
Pillay said Naidoo was doing “OK”.
Police have been approached for comment, and this story will be updated.
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) October 13, 2021
Facebook Down, Instagram and WhatsApp also offline
Facebook is currently experiencing an outage impacting its family of sites including WhatsApp and Instagram.
Most Facebook users are seeing an error message that says ‘This site can’t be reached.’ On Instagram, the error message shows as a 5xx Server Error message.
The outage is impacting users on both desktop and mobile.
“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” Andy Stone, policy communications manager at Facebook, tweeted on Monday. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
— Facebook (@Facebook) October 4, 2021
Facebook Messenger and Oculus are also experiencing outages.
The first reports on DownDetector.com started around 5pm.
According to The Verge, the issue is likely related to a DNS issue. When Slack experienced an outage last week, it was also related to DNS issues.
Husband killed, wife critical as robbers open fire during Joburg home invasion
A home invasion on Sunday night left a man dead and his wife fighting for her life after they were shot by robbers in Randpark, Johannesburg.
Emer-G-Med private emergency services paramedics found the man had sustained fatal gunshot wounds and he was declared dead.
His wife was also shot several times and was stabilised before being taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Reports from the scene indicated there were several armed assailants.
Police are investigating the incident.- TimesLIVE
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