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Pupils jump over raw sewage to get to classroom at primary school in Durban

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Durban – Parents of children attending Livingstone Primary School in Morningside have complained that dropping them at school every morning has become the worst moment of their day, as children have to jump over raw sewage to get to the classroom.

Parents on Thursday called on the eThekwini Municipality to attend to the leak which had resulted in sewage flowing right outside the entrance to the school. The grandmother of a 10-year-old girl, who asked to remain anonymous to protect the child’s identity, said her granddaughter had to jump over the sewage to get to school.

“I was so angry when my granddaughter said the sewage has been there for a long time. I’m worried about the health of these kids. They don’t know better, but as adults we know what’s at stake here.

“That situation is putting our children at risk. The little ones are very clumsy and they can drop something and without even thinking about it, pick it up. The next day a child gets sick. The municipality has to do something as soon as possible,” she said.

“We’re worried about our kids, especially their health. We don’t know who’s at fault here, but all we know is that the municipality is failing us and they are failing these kids,” said a mother who asked not to be named.

“They are primary schoolchildren, they are still babies and vulnerable and their health should be a priority,” she said.

School principal Mandy Williams declined to comment.

EThekwini Municipality head of communication, Mandla Nsele, said the municipality was concerned about the children’s health and would attend to the leak immediately.

“We do not want these children to get sick or end up in hospital. We will be sending our technicians to the problem area,” Nsele said.

Source: Daily News

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Watch: Teddy Mafia’s son-in-law targeted in Shallcross drive-by shooting

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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.

Read also: Alleged Durban drug kingpin Teddy Mafia killed, suspects beheaded

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.

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Facebook Down, Instagram and WhatsApp also offline

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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.”

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.

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Husband killed, wife critical as robbers open fire during Joburg home invasion

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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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