A vagrant was on Wednesday evening killed after a car allegedly ran over him along Main Street, New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Up to press time, his identity has not been confirmed, but persons in the area would refer to him as “Nagamootoo” and “Santa Clause” since he sported thick white beard.Based on reports received, the man was lying in the middle of the roadway when he was run over by a car.According to the Police, motor hire car HC 6742 was being driven by a 25-year-old man of Tucber Park, New Amsterdam when the incident occurred.The Police said the car was proceeding north along the western drive lane at a normal speed when the driver alleged that he ran over “something”. As such, he stopped his motorcar and upon inspecting, he saw the man lying on the road with injuries to his head.The driver reportedly took the man who was in an unconscious state to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The driver was taken into custody. A breathalyser test was administered on him but there was no alcohol was found in his system.He remains in custody while the vehicle involved in the accident was given back to the owner as investigation continues.Eyewitnesses say that “Nagamootoo” had just come out of St John Street, New Amsterdam and took residency in the middle of the road.There are reports that the now dead man was once an inmate of the National Psychiatric Hospital.
Crime-prevention foundation Shout South Africa will feature on the next instalment of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, to air on Sunday 17 August on SABC2 at 9pm.After South African reggae artist Lucky Dube was gunned down in 2007, local musicians Danny K and Kabelo Mabelane decided to release a single to help fund crime-fighting projects in the country.The single they chose was “Shout” by British band Tears for Fears, from the 1984 album Songs from the Big Chair. Songwriters Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith described it as “an encouragement to protest”, a song about “the way the public accepts any old grief which is thrown at them”. The lyrics are relevant to crime in South Africa. Watch the “Shout” music video:Watch a 2010 ZA News insert featuring puppets Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela supporting Shout:Watch Shout South Africa’s “You’re the Voice”:
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat started his four-day visit to Pune district on Thursday.Mr. Bhagwat is scheduled to hold a series a meetings with RSS pracharaks, branch heads and cadre at Talegaon-Dabhade in Maval Taluk on November 10 and 11 at the Indrayani Mangal Karyalaya and Ram Manohar Lohia hall, respectively.The RSS chief is expected to address a rally there after his meetings, said sources. He will address another rally in Kothrud in Pune on November 12.