JOHANNESBURG – A woman was killed and a man critically injured on Saturday after they were ambushed at Umhlanga Rocks, north of Durban.
Netcare 911 paramedics confirmed to that the man died shortly after arrival at hospital.
Crisis Medical said the two sustained multiple gunshot wounds as they were sitting in their vehicle.
“At approximately 13:00 Crisis Medical paramedics were called to the scene of a shooting incident in Umhlanga Rocks Drive near the Douglas Saunders Circle for a shooting incident. On arrival on the scene, two occupants of a black BMW were found seated in their vehicle having sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
“A female passenger believed to be approximately thirty years of age was declared deceased on arrival whilst a male driver, aged between thirty and thirty-five years of age was found to be in a critical condition,” Crisis Medical said in a statement.
Paramedics said the man was rushed to a nearby hospital.
The motive for the shooting was unknown and police were investigating the incident further.
No load shedding is expected on Saturday as a result of a drop in demand during the holiday period and a return of some generating units to service, state-owned power utility Eskom said.
Load shedding update, 28 December 2019
Eskom said in a statement that it will “continue to use emergency reserves to supplement capacity if necessary, and added:
“We, however, remind customers that as the system continues to be vulnerable and unpredictable, the possibility of load shedding remains”.
Power alert dated 28 December 2019.As per Eskom’s power alert, breakdowns (UCLF) were at 12 535MW as at 6.30 on Saturday 28 December 2019. However, Eskom’s technical teams will continue to work over the holiday period to monitor the situation.
The teams will also be available to carry out planned maintenance and to work at reducing unplanned breakdowns to below 9 500MW to “enable the parastatal to minimise the possibility of load shedding.”
Fake news fiasco
Earlier this month, the power utility clamped down on fake news alerts. The power utility at the time issued a notice “to correct fictitious and misleading information”.
One way to prevent the spread of misinformation is to only follow Eskom’s official social media accounts as there are several parody accounts bent on spreading false information.
It is up to each South African to fact check suspicious news claims before sharing fake news on social media; and to verify that the information comes from an official source. Official handles are as follows: