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    For those going to the Berg for Easter Weekend ... This just in

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    CRIME-N/L-BERGVILLE
    DURBAN March 17 Sapa
    20 HOMES BURNT DOWN IN KZN LAND DISPUTE
    At least 20 houses were burnt down and two people were shot in clashes between two northern KwaZulu-Natal communities, police said on Monday.
    Captain Charmaine Struwig said fighting broke out between groups from the Mhlwazini area and Magangangozi area at midday on Sunday.
    "Gunshots were exchanged and two people were shot."
    They were taken to hospital, where they were reported to be in a stable but serious condition.
    A crowd then burnt down at least 20 homes in the Magangangozi area.
    The dispute between the two communities started in 1989. Between February and March this year five people were killed in the conflict.
    "No arrests have been made yet but four unlicensed firearms have been seized by police and a public violence case has been opened," said Struwig.
    Community leaders in the Magangangozi area claim they had permission to build new houses along the Cathedral Peak boundary line and leaders from the Mhlwazini were disputing this.
    The tense situation last week prompted Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to advise tourists to be cautious when travelling in the area.
    Ezemvelo spokesman Jeff Gaisford said there was a land issue between two communities living near the Didimo Camp in Cathedral Peak.
    Late on Monday afternoon Khulani Mkhize, the Ezemvelo chief executive, announce the closure of the camp.
    "Although these communities have indicated that they have no interest in the tourists who use the route, we are nevertheless concerned that the ongoing tension might involve tourists moving along the road through the community area," said Mkhize.
    "The safety of our visitors is not negotiable and closing Didima at this time is purely a precautionary measure in case there is an escalation of violence that could spill over into the Park," he said.
    He said staff were contacting those who had booked and that the camp would reopen on March 26.
    Struwig said police were monitoring the situation closely and that there had been meetings with the warring factions during the course of Monday, but no resolution had been reached.
    "We have a huge police presence, not only at the scene, but also on tourist routes," she said.
    By late afternoon no further incidents had been reported.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    "No arrests have been made yet but four unlicensed firearms have been seized by police

    WTF......How the hell do you seize four unlicensed weapons without arresting the people carrying them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Wheel Lover View Post
    WTF......How the hell do you seize four unlicensed weapons without arresting the people carrying them.
    Each one had a hounded rand note sticking out of the barrel!
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    ...and the recipient won't be hounded by it either
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Wheel Lover View Post
    WTF......How the hell do you seize four unlicensed weapons without arresting the people carrying them.
    How the hell do you bring a country with abundant natural resources, some of the most talented technical expertise in the world, and a financial power to weight ratio above most international giants to its knees, same answer, handcuff the man, repossess his horse, and replace him with a bunch of bl--dy baboons on bicycles.

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    EZEMVELO KWAZULU-NATAL WILDLIFE
    MEDIA RELEASE No: 2008 - 06
    20 March 2008

    DIDIMA CAMP RE-OPENS

    For immediate release

    The Didima Camp in the Cathedral Peak area of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park is to re-open with immediate effect following a peace accord reached through meetings held between high-level provincial figures and the leadership of the two disputing communities in the area on 17 and18 March 2008. At a meeting of the KZN Cabinet in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday 19 March 2008, assurances that an increased SAPS presence in the Cathedral Peak area would assure visitor and staff safety were given. EKZNW staff at Didima Camp who were instructed by their community leaders to remain at home, have returned to work and are currently getting the Camp up and running once more.
    Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife staff will contact all people who had confirmed bookings at Didima Camp and who could not be accommodated elsewhere, to request them to reinstate their bookings. EKZNW would like to thank the provincial Cabinet and the leadership of the affected communities for resolving the situation and regrets any inconvenience to members of the public caused by the closure of Didima Camp.
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    LAND-BERGVILLE By Miranda Andrew
    DURBAN March 25 Sapa
    RESOLUTION REACHED IN KZN LAND DISPUTE
    A resolution was reached on Tuesday between two rival KwaZulu-Natal communities over a land dispute that claimed five lives.
    After a week of negotiations, provincial government officials including the province's Agriculture MEC Mtholephi Mthimkhulu, acting Premier and Traditional Affairs MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, Safety and Security MEC Bheki Cele and Social Welfare MEC Meshack Radebe met in Bergville on Tuesday to help "ease the tension" between the two communities.
    The Mhlwazini community and Magangangozi community in northern KZN have been at war for nearly two decades.
    A police fleet had been monitoring the area 24 hours a day for the past month and in that space of time, the police's Captain Charmaine Struwig said five people had lost their lives due to the ongoing violent clashes.
    Earlier in March, nearly 20 homes were burnt down and the clashes resulted in dozens of women and children relocating.
    Tourists had also been warned to be cautious when travelling in the area.
    Twenty people were arrested over the long Easter weekend for possession of firearms. Police were unable to say how many firearms were confiscated.
    Lennox Mabaso, spokesman for the department of Traditional Affairs told Sapa: "The war is over and peace has been restored".
    "An agreement was reached today (Tuesday) and both communities have committed themselves to restoring peace and ending the clashes," said Mabaso.
    Mabuyakhulu told the residents that the land did not belong to either of the communities but to a traditional leader known as Nkosi Hlongwane.
    In addressing the crowd on Tuesday, he also announced that a permanent peace committee would be set up in the area to ensure "that violence never returns".
    The committee would be made up of government officials, police and residents.
    Cele, meanwhile, added that blankets and food would be handed out to those residents whose homes were burnt down during the clashes.
    "Tourists can also return to the area because peace has been restored," said Cele.
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    /ma/jr 03/25/08 12-55
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