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“Fear made me pay”- Soni

Pietermaritzburg businessman Rajivee Soni admitted last week in court that he had paid large sums of money to a key state witness and self-confessed “rogue cop” to drive assault and sexual harassment charges against murdered doctor Bhavish Sewram – but he had been forced to as the policeman had threatened to have him arrested on a protection order if he failed to do so.

Palestinian children visit Pmb

A group of young Palestine human rights activists visited South Africa as part of their Shamsaan 2 Suns tour. The tour made a stop in Pietermaritzburg at the Nansindlela Socio Eco Park on Sunday and the Nizamia Islamic School on Monday to share their wish for peace for the Arabic country.

Soni’s day of denial

Rajivee Soni, spent nearly his entire birthday (Tuesday) in the High Court dock, denying the State’s allegations that he was the mastermind behind the reign of terror that culminated in the murder of Raisethorpe family practitioner Dr Bhavish Sewram in 2013.

Soni tells of wife’s “secret phone” from Dr Sewram

Murder accused, Rajivee Soni, dropped a bombshell on his first day in the stand at the start of the defence’s case, alleging that Dr Bhavish Sewram’s mother-in-law assaulted the doctor with a sjambok after it emerged that Sewram and Soni’s wife were involved in a relationship.

Local shop owner fights off thieves

Quick thinking and swift action by a local supermarket owner resulted in thieves getting more than they had bargained for when they attempted to rob the Allandale supermarket based at the popular Steak Den establishment last week.

Another cyclist mugged in forest

Yet another cyclist has been attacked while cycling in the area near Growing Parks – this time a 63-year-old cyclist was left high and dry after a mugger threatened him at knife point.

Granny held for herbalist’s kidnapping

An Eastwood grandmother has confessed to enlisting the help of three men, sourced by her Rwandan boyfriend, to intimidate a herbalist who allegedly received R130 000 in cash deposits from her for medical treatment but failed to deliver.

More water restrictions on the cards

Current water restrictions could be extended by another year if an appeal by water utility Umgeni Water is accepted.

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