Sunday, July 24, 2016

SABC JOURNALISTS TO KNOW THEIR FATE TOMORROW

Wayne Boonzaaier
24 July 2016

Four dismissed South African Broadcasting Corporation journalists will know their fate tomorrow with judgment in the Labour Court expected to be handed down.

Last week Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay and Jacques Steenkamp took the broadcaster to court, after being dismissed for speaking out against censorship and an editorial policy that banned the visuals of violent protests.

This also comes as the public broadcaster agreed to rescind its decision after a recommendation made by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa.

Solidarity’s Anton van der Bijl says they are hopeful that they will win the case.


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Zimbambwean woman arrested for drugs

Nontando Mafanya
24 July 2016

A 27-year-old Zimbabwean woman from Hillbrow in Johannesburg, was arrested at Cape Town International Airport on Saturday for being in possession of tik valued at more than R1.8-million, Western Cape police said.

The woman was arrested by members of the border police based at Cape Town International Airport after she arrived on a flight from Johannesburg at 10am, Western Cape Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said.  

He added that after passengers had collected their luggage from the carousel, the border police members conducted random searches.

 Members found 8.1kg of tik with an estimated street value of R1.8million in the woman’s suitcase.

Can wyk also said that she is due to appear in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Monday.


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Rapist sentenced 25 years in prison

Nontando Mafanya
24 July 2016

A man who snatched a five-year-old as she walked to school and raped her at his Empangeni home has been sentenced to 25 years in jail.

The 51-year-old rapist was convicted and sentenced this week in the Empangeni Regional Court, KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said in a statement.

The man is allegedly a relative of the little girl and the attack took place in January 2010.

Acting provincial police commissioner Major General Bhekinkosi Langa applauded the investigating team and said that their kids are their future.

They need to grow up in a crime-free environment.

He said they will make sure that they  protect their children from any form of abuse directed towards them.


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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Law enforcement beefed up in Mthatha after drive-by shooting


Wayne Boonzaaier
23 July 2016

Law enforcement has been beefed up in Mthatha after three people were killed and 15 injured in a drive-by shooting on Thursday night.

The attack, which took place on the R61 near the Circus Triangle Mall taxi rank, was allegedly fueled by ongoing taxi violence in the district.

Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said the latest incident was the fourth related to taxi violence.

Already, eight people have been killed in recent months.

Fatyela and taxi bosses said the cause of the violence was routes on the R61 between Mthatha, Libode and Ntlaza.

The riots had spread to the N2 between Mthatha and Tsolo.

SABC news journalists show solidarity


Wayne Boonzaaier

23 July 2016


SABC news journalists, in an open revolt against boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng, donned black on Friday to show their support for their fired #SABC8 colleagues and to protest against the national broadcaster's censorship policies.


The on-air "blackout" on SABC News and the SABC's various TV news bulletins was however primarily done to show their united support for the eight SABC journalists who were suspended, then fired for voicing concern over chief operating officer COO Motsoeneng's censorship orders.


Four of the eight appeared in the Labour Court on Friday afternoon








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Hundreds of supporters gather to support Zuma in PE

Wayne Boonzaaier
23 July 2016

Hundreds of supporters have started streaming into the Dan Qeqe stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay where President Jacob Zuma is due to speak.

More than 10 buses from Uitenhage, Zwide and Kwazakhele have so far dropped off supporters at the stadium.

Singing and dancing to keep warm, the supporters braved freezing weather and rain to listen to Zuma.

ANC supporters said they could not miss the opportunity to hear Zuma Speak.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said on Thursday that they were expecting 40 000 supporters to flock to the Zwide stadium.

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Atlantis community to march against drugs addiction and substance abuse.

Wayne Boonzaaier
23 July 2016

The Atlantis community will be marching against the scourge of drugs addiction and substance abuse today.

The march forms part of a Youth Focus weekend hosted by Fiona Abrahams and Caroline Scheepers, the ANC Proportional Councillors in the Atlantis area.

Churches, schools in Atlantis and various community formations will be part of the march, led by religious and community leaders.

The march currently taking place.

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Docket of fifth suspect in the murder of Jayde Panayiotou still to be studied.

Wayne Boonzaaier
23 July 2016

Lawyers for a fifth man implicated in the murder of teacher Jayde Panayiotou say they have yet to study the case docket.

Zolani Sibeko briefly appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court yesterday after his arrest last week.

Christopher Panayiotou, accused of hiring men to murder his wife, will go on trial in October along with two co-accused.

Sibeko's defence team says it will consider submitting a bail application only after studying the case against him.

The matter has therefore been remanded until Wednesday.

Police arrested the suspect at his Greenbushes home after cellphone records allegedly placed him outside Jayde’s residence on the day she was kidnapped.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Right 2 Know campaign will be holding public meetings within the Western Cape


Somila Nkosana
22 July 2016

The Right 2 Know campaign will be holding public meetings within the Western Cape. They are demanding political candidates to sign their pledge to be transparent and accountable. Below are the times and venues:

Khayelitsha (Cape Town)
23 July 2016, 11h00, Blue Hall, Site C (next to taxi rank)

Ocean View (Cape Town)
23 July 2016, 15h00, Ocean View Civic Centre



For more information contact Ghalib Galant (084 959 1912)

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South Africa: Two Foreign Nationals Arrested for Being in Possession of Illegal Firearm and Ammunition in Phillipi East

Somila Nkosana
22 July 2016

On Wednesday (20/07/2016) at about 16:10, Phillipi East police members followed up on information provided by community members which led to the arrest of two foreign national men for the illegal possession of firearm and live ammunition.

Members arrested these two suspects in Sinqolamthi Lower Cross after searching their room and finding a Norinco firearm, seven rounds of ammunition and one magazine.

They are due to appear in Athlone Magistrate Court today on a charge of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

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City’s Health Directorate to roll out new mobile clinics

Natasha Mabuto
22 July 2016

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate will roll out a new fleet of mobile clinics in the coming months.

The directorate has spent R2million to acquire four new IVECO mini- buses in April this year.

The renewal of vehicles is set to cost just over a million rand and will commence once the tender process has been finalised.

City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Councilor Siyabulela Makeli says “Three of City Health’s eight sub-districts use mobile clinics to reach clients in areas not situated close to existing health facilities”.

He says “These are the northern, eastern and southern sub-districts. The northern district requires two mobile clinics due to the demand in the area”.

He added that “The mobile clinics provide services available at most of our clinics, provided that the professional nurse deployed with the vehicle is trained in all disciplines”.

This includes immunizations, family planning services, HIV and TB testing and treatment, as well as basic antenatal care. He concluded.


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Fransman confident he’ll regain ANC post


Somila Nkosana
22 July 2016



Marius Fransman, the former ANC Western Cape leader under investigation for sexual harassment allegations, is confident he’ll be back in office to steer the party in the lead-up to the August 3 local elections.



The ANC’s integrity committee was due to decide this weekend whether Fransman should take back the provincial leadership from acting chairman Khaya Magaxa.



Zizi Kodwa, the party’s national spokesman, is still quiet on the matter but on Saturday night, Fransman said he expected the case against him to be dropped.



Fransman told Weekend Argus he was confident the ANC’s national leadership would support his return. “I have full confidence in the national executive to correct this travesty of justice.



“I hope this saga can soon be over so that I can assess, as the elected provincial leader, the damages caused by this faction in the province.”



A police investigation into the harassment charges is also under way.




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Mitchells Plain family traumatised after woman is killed during hijacking



Natasha Mabuto

22 July 2016

A Mitchells Plain man has described the murder of his sister as surreal.
Elanor Wyngaard was hijacked and shot dead outside her Westridge home earlier this week.
Her brother Edgar says the family is deeply traumatised he says It was a total surprise because the area they live in is very quiet.
He added there are no gangs in the area but he’s realising now that it’s widespread and hijacking is happening more and more.

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Pistorius didn't properly explain firing through bathroom door – NPA

Natasha Mabuto

22 July 2016

The National Prosecuting Authority believes that the High Court failed to take into account that Reeva Steenkamp's right to life was needlessly taken from her.

In the court papers, the NPA said that insufficient weight was given to the fact that Pistorius' showed disregard for human life.

The NPA said Pistorius was quick to resort to gun violence to kill the person behind the toilet door.

The NPA on yesterday said it would appeal against Oscar Pistorius's six-year sentence for murder, calling it shockingly too lenient.

It said the sentence was disproportionate to the crime and could bring the justice system into disrepute.

The NPA has decided to file an application for leave to appeal, it said in a statement.


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Alleged UCT rapist back in dock

Leonie Pretorius
21 July 2016

An alleged serial rapist is back in the dock today.

Patrick Hlomane, also known as Mthunzi Makhamba, is accused of attacking at least five women near Rhodes Memorial in Cape Town.

He was arrested in March. The prosecution believes there is substantial evidence, including video footage and cell phone records, linking Hlomane to a series of rapes near the University of Cape Town campus.

He is yet to be charged for all five attacks, but does stand accused of raping and robbing a woman near campus in November.


This was the first attack reported. 

The latest attack happened in March, when a woman claimed she was threatened with a knife, forced into bushes, raped and held captive for more than 24 hours.

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WC school vandalism repairs to cost over half a million rand

Natasha Mabuto

21 July 2016

The Western Cape Education department says repairs to schools that have been vandalized during the winter holidays will likely exceed a half a million rand.

The department says 21 schools have been burgled or vandalized which is slightly up from last year when 18 were targeted by criminals.

The incidents occurred despite an increase in security at some high risk schools.


The department’s Jessica Shelver says they ask that every community member please help their schools by participating in neighbourhood watches and also reporting any suspicious behaviours in and around school’s immediately.

It says law enforcement officers will be deployed in the area to ensure everyone is safe on 3rd August.

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SABC interdict will be used in fired journalists' labour court case

Natasha Mabuto

21 July 2016

The High Court interdict against the SABC's policy to not show footage of violent protests will be used in today's Labour Court case in which four of the employees that were fired by the broadcaster will be challenging their dismissal.

The SABC this week sacked journalists for disagreeing with a decision to censor coverage of protests before the disciplinary cases against some of them had been concluded.

Seven SABC reporters were fired this week.

The eighth person was freelance journalist Vuyo Mvoko, whose contract was terminated.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Strong possibility of snowfall: WC

 Nontando Mafanya
20 July 2016

The South African Weather Service has warned Western Cape residents to brace themselves for a cold front that’s expected to hit the province later today.

Strong winds, heavy rains and possible flooding is on the cards, especially for the Cape Metropole and Overberg areas.


There is also the strong possibility of snowfall in some of the mountainous regions in the province like the Swart-berg and Oute-niqua mountain range.

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ANC pays last respect to Province’s first Chairman

Mbasa Gqokoma
20 July 2016

More than 3000 people, some members of the ANC including the ANC’s National Chairperson Baleka Mbete descended on Bhisho yesterday.

This was when members went to pay their last respect to the party’s first Eastern Cape provincial Chairman, Dumisani Mazolo Mafu who passed away more than a week ago.

Mafu, who was also a commander in the ANC’s military wing, Mkhonto weSizwe, died in Port Alfred on July 9, apparently of cardiac failure.  


Meanwhile, Mbete said it was a painful feeling for the ANC and the entire country to lose a cadre of comrade Mazolo’s calibre.

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18-year old arrested for possession of illegal firearm

Mbasa Gqokoma
20 July 2016

Police members of Bishop Lavis Crime Prevention Unit arrested an 18 year old male for the illegal possession of a Taurus pistol, ammunition and one magazine.

The teenager is appearing in the Bishop Lavis Magistrates Court today.

In an unrelated incident, yesterday police members were busy with patrols in Robert Sobukwe Drive when they pulled over a suspicious vehicle.

Upon searching the vehicle and the four occupants a 9mm Lorcin firearm with ammunition were found.


The suspects are due to appear in court soon.

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New Avian Park Library to be officially opened by Minister Marais

Wayne Boonzaaier

20 July



Western Cape MEC of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, will officialy open the new Avain Park Library in Worcester.

Spokesperson for MEC Marais, Stacy Mclean explains:


“The opening of the library is of personal significance to Minister Marais as it was the first sod turning she officiated as the Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport on 6 May 2015.


In just over a year, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport has delivered on their promise to the Avian Park community by officially opening the doors of this world-class library.”


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ANC accuses DA for firing 460 employees to gain votes

Mbasa Gqokoma
20 July 2016

The Western Cape ANC in a statement says it demands DA leaders to clarify why the employment of about 460 municipal workers in George Municipality is all of a sudden terminated at the end of this month, just ahead of the municipal election.

WC media liaison officer, Kobus Grobler says “It is its information that the DA promised to employ certain people in the municipal administration if they vote DA on 3 August 2016.

Grobler says “These workers lose their jobs in mass without the George Council deciding upon this.

He says “It is unilaterally done by the DA-led municipal administration”

The ANC notes the trade union Imatu has taken up the fight for the workers and the ANC will stand by them, he said.

Meanwhile attempts to get hold of the George Municipality were unsuccessful 


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WC Health dept not suspending services despite attacks on paramedics

Natasha Mabuto

20 July 2016

The Western Cape Health Department says it won’t suspend paramedic services to crime hot spots, despite a spate of attacks on emergency crews.

This year so far, there have been more than 30 incidents in which paramedics have been attacked in Cape Town.

Earlier this week, two paramedics were ambushed while responding to an emergency in Blackheath.

One of them was stabbed.


Health MEC, Nomafrench Mbombo, says the department has allocated at least R185 million towards the protection of medical workers, patients and facilities.

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7-year-old son gets new heart

Natasha Mabuto

20 July 2016

Nerves were on edge as a 7-year-old boy in Cape Town waited in a hospital theatre for a donor heart to arrive on Monday.

After a plane delay and an ambulance rush, Phalo Gayiya received his Mandela Day gift of a new heart and a solid chance at life.

His parents were overcome with emotion when they heard the operation at Netcare Christiaan Barnard Hospital had been a success.

Gayiya was put on the waiting list for a heart after being diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy which is an enlarged heart in March.


His doctors were not entirely sure what caused it.

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Citizens urged to collect ID document before Election Day


Natasha Mabuto

20 July 2016


The Department of Home Affairs has called on citizens to collect their identity documents before Election Day in two weeks’ time. 

Minister Malusi Gigaba says about 250 000 green ID books and smart ID cards have not been collected nationwide.

He has urged political parties and local governments to assist citizens with transport to enable them to collect their documents before voting day.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival

Somila Nkosana
19 July 2016

Today Bush Radio attended the launch of the 10th annual Women Humanity Arts Festival at the Artscape Theatre Centre which will begin on the 4th of August and end on the 10th

The theme of the 2016 festival is Women Empowerment and Humanity, with the objective is to empower and celebrate women who strive to better their own lives and those of others in our society. 

Everyone is invited to participate in the festivities which will take place.  

There will be various productions. Necessary accommodation for people with disabilities and meals will be provided.


For more information, visit www.artscape.co.za

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Winnie Mandela urged people to vote for the ANC

Nontando Mafanya
19 July 2016

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has advised all South Africans to vote for the African National Congress, saying it’s the only organisation that will truly take the country forward.

The former first lady made a brief appearance outside her Soweto home this afternoon and has shown full support for the party ahead of the elections.

City of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau and ANC Gauteng Chair Paul Mashatile are also at Madikizela-Mandela’s home where they have briefed her about the  campaign trail.



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Two killed in Stellenboch alleged by mob justice

Nontando Mafanya
19 July 2016

Two alleged mob justice attacks have led to the death of two people in a Stellenbosch township in the space of less than 10 hours.

 In the latest incident, a man was found dead in Khayamandi last night with multiple wounds on his body.

The man's murder came several hours after two men were attacked in front of a shopping centre in the area.

One of the men died later in the hospital.


The police's Frederick van Wyk says three suspects have since been arrested in connection with the first incident.

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Road accidents on a rise in the Western Cape

Somila Nkosana
19 July 2016

Western Cape Interim Provincial traffic spokesperson, Jacques Mostert, says six people have been killed on Western Cape roads since the start of last weekend, two of the fatalities being pedestrians.

Mostert says four motorists were also arrested for drunken driving, with one motorist in Somerset West being four times over the legal limit.

Two people also lost their lives in the early hours of Friday morning, while traveling on the N1 outside Touwsriver, when their car hit a paper roll which had fallen off a truck.


He says another two died this morning on the Aberdeen road outside Beaufort West.

As far as injuries go, more than 20 people, including 11 children have been injured in various car accidents

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Illegal racing duo hits the skids

Wayne Boonzaaier
19 July 2016

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Services arrested 116 suspects during operations this past weekend.

The City says most of the arrests were for drunk driving, but officers also collared 24 motorists for reckless and negligent driving.

This included a father and son who were caught engaging in an illegal street race along Klipfontein Road.

City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith explains:

“The Metro Police also had its hands full with numerous incidents and with one operation in Macassar they tried to arrest two suspects for illegal firearms and ammunition.

Whilst the officers were making the arrest, the rest of the public interfered and helped one of the suspects to escape.

They stoned the officer’s vehicle, but he officers still managed to arrest one of the suspects and confiscated a 9mm firearm and 33 rounds of ammunition.

When we see this kind of behaviour we get really worried about where the loyalty of the public lies.”  

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Truck jack-knifes injuring driver


Wayne Boonzaaier
19 July 2016

A man believed to be in his 40’s was left injured this morning after the truck he was driving jack-knifed on the Beaden Powell Road near the Vlaeberg Road in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring explains:

“ER24 Paramedics arrived on the scene after 09:00 this morning and found the man lying on the pavement surrounded by a number of local authority members.

On assessment we discovered that the man had sustained only moderate injuries in this incident.

He was treated for his injuries and thereafter transported to a nearby hospital for further assessment.

The exact cause of the incident is yet unknown.”

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Metrorail rearranges CT train schedule following vandalism, arson attacks

Leonie Pretorius
19 July 2016

The destruction of six trains in separate arson attacks over the past few months in Cape Town have resulted in major delays to Metrorail's peak hour schedules.

The rail operator has amended its timetable, which has seen at least 30 trips cancelled indefinitely.

Since the start of the year, the service has suffered millions of rands worth of damage due to arson attacks and vandalism.


Metrorail’s Riana Scott said, they’ve listed all the train numbers affected by the trains destroyed by arson that are not going to be back in the next six, 12 or 18 months depending on the damage and that they’ve removed them from the timetable, so that Metrorail customers can know those trains are not running and they can make plans to get other trains.

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5th Suspect in Panayiotou Case expected to appear in court

Leonie Pretorius
19 July 2016

A fifth suspect in the Jayde Panayiotou murder is expected to appear in court today.

The man, in his 30s, was arrested at his home in Greenbushes in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

Port Elizabeth businessman, Christopher Panayiotou, is accused of hiring men to kill his wife for financial reasons in April last year.

The National Prosecuting Authority says the new suspect was arrested after cellphone profiling placed him in the vicinity of Panayiotou’s home on the morning she disappeared.

Two others, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke and Sinethemba Nenembe, are already set to stand trial alongside Christopher.

A fifth suspect, Luthando Siyoli, has turned State’s witness.


It is unclear whether the latest arrest will affect the trial scheduled for October. A pre-trial hearing will take place next week.

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CT paramedic stabbed, ambulance vandalized in attack

Natasha Mabuto

19 July 2016

Two paramedics have been attacked near Blackheath, in Cape Town. The crew was responding to an emergency at the Happy Valley informal settlement early yesterday morning. It is the latest of several attacks on medical personnel in the city in recent weeks.


The paramedics were ambushed by four armed men as they were loading a patient into an ambulance. Emergency medical services’ Robert Daniels says an official was stabbed and the vehicle vandalized.


The attackers demanded the crew’s personal valuables including wallets, mobile phones and handbags and afterwards they stabbed the paramedic with a broken bottle. The other paramedic was threatened with a knife but fortunately not harmed.

The incident is the third assault on emergency medical personnel in Cape Town in less than a month. Paramedics have also requested police protection when entering gang-stricken areas like Hanover Park.


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Axed SABC journalists heading to labour court


Natasha Mabuto

19 July 2016

Four of the eight the South African Broadcasting Corporation  journalists, who launched an urgent Constitutional Court application over their suspensions, will now challenge their dismissals in the Labour Court on Thursday and seek payment for their legal fees.


Yesterday evening, termination letters were sent to Jacques Steenkamp, Krivani Pillay, Suna Venter and Foeta Krige for what the broadcaster has described as behaviour that undermines the conduct of the public broadcaster.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

302 Uber vehicles have been confiscated in CPT

Nontando Mafany
18 July 2016

Cape Town traffic officials have confirmed that 302 vehicles linked to welcoming car service Uber have been confiscated.

The cars were confiscated between January and June this year.

The figure is much higher than the 255 cars confiscated between January and November last year.


Cape Town traffic spokesperson Richard Coleman says this is due to an increase in the number of Uber partner drivers on the road without valid operating licences.

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New arrest in Panayiotou murder case

More than a year after her death, police have made another arrest in connection with the murder of Port Elizabeth school teacher Jayde Panayiotou, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Monday.

Panayiotou was murdered on April 21, 2015, allegedly at the instruction of her husband Christopher. 

She was kidnapped outside her townhouse complex in Kabega Park in the city and her  body was found in a veld in KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage the next day. She had been shot three times. 

NPA spokesperson Tsepo Ndwalaza said the man was arrested in Green Bushes, Port Elizabeth on Sunday. 

There was strong evidence linking him to Panayiotou’s kidnapping and murder. He will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

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Celebrating Mandela Day

Wayne Boonzaaier
18 July 2016.

City of Cape Town’s Staff from the Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate will paint the fence and equipment of the Child Minors crèche in Khayelitsha as part of the 67 minutes of Mandela Day.
The members will be joined by various staff members from different departments within the City of Cape Town.
This includes Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, who will help to paint the Nomonde Educare facility in Langa.
Meanwhile, Helderberg Nature Reserve staff will be greening a portion of the Helderberg Hospice in Somerset West.

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Nelson Mandela Day Celebrations

Wayne Boonzaaier
18 July 2016

Mthatha has come to a standstill as government leaders continue to arrive for the official launch of the revamped Nelson Mandela Museum.

The facility was closed down for several years with at least R60-million pumped in by government to give it a major facelift.

Today’s opening of the museum forms part of the International Mandela Day celebrations to celebrate former state president Nelson Mandela’s birthday today.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa is at the event and is billed to give the keynote address.

His provincial counterpart MEC Pemmy Majodina is also in attendance. It is believed that more than 500 people have already arrived for the event.

Meanwhile, Bush Radio’s Correspondent Natasha MAbuto went to the streets of Salt River to ask the public what does this day means to them. This is what they said:
“Nelson Mandela was a good president, he was a good man. He was a humble man. I am a foreigner and I’ve learnt so much from him because he was an encouraging person. As Africans we need to follow in his footsteps. We need to have love, we need to have peace and we should stop fighting one another. We should have unity”

“UMandela wandenzela into eninzi apha eSouth Africa,ngoba ababantu base Zimbabwe wathi kufuneke bephile nathi ngoba ngabantu bayafana nathi. Akukho ukuba mababethwe,ayikho right lonto.”

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Mantashe urges ANC members not to rest on their laurels

Natasha Mabuto

18 July 2016

African National Congress Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has urged party members not to rest on their laurels and to work hard ahead of the 3rd August local government elections.


 
Mantashe was campaigning in Cape Town over the weekend, vying for votes. On the campaign trail in suburbs around Cape Town yesterday, Mantashe highlighted the disparities between the city’s Cape Flats communities and the city’s more affluent suburbs.


 
He believes speeding up service delivery to the poor will best address this divide.


 
Provincial party secretary Faiez Jacobs echoed these sentiments. Mantashe also reiterated that unity within the provincial structures is integral to the ANC’s success in the up-coming municipal elections.

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AWB head due in court on guns charges


Natasha Mabuto

18 July 2016

An AWB leader and his associate are expected to appear Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court today charged with the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.



The pair were arrested on Wednesday. The 48-year-old Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader was allegedly found at a house in Vanderbijlpark with two rifles, two shotguns, two pistols, and 2 136 rounds of ammunition.



They arrested the second man, a 42-year-old AWB member, at a second address, in La Paradiso estate, Vanderbijlpark.




He was allegedly found in possession of 306 live rounds for a 22 milimeter rifle, nine rifles and three pistols.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Road accidents leave several injured and one dead

Somila Nkosana
17 July 2016


11 people including 7 children were injured this morning when the bakkie they were travelling in overturned on the M7 towards Malmesbury in Summergreens, Cape Town.


Shortly after 9AM this morning paramedics arrived on the scene


A 5 year-old sustained severe injures was rushed to Red Cross Children’s Hospital.


The cause of the accident is not yet known.


Meanwhile, one person was killed and ten others sustained various injuries when the bakkie they were travelling in overturned on Matupa Road, Tzaneen.


At approximately 02h30 this morning, paramedics from ER24 attended the scene where they found a bakkie wedged up near a telephone pole on the side of the road. The occupants of the bakkie were found lying near the vehicle.

One person was announced dead on the scene. The other people were treated for lacerations, scrapes and bruises, they were later transported to Letaba and Van Velden Hospitals


It is still uncertain if a second vehicle was involved in the collision. Local authorities attended the scene and will investigate. 

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PAC Thulani Pike confident in PAC

Somila Nkosana
17 July 2016

The Pan Africanist Movement will be campaigning in eMfuleni, Cape Town today.

PAC election manager Thulani Pike says members on the ground are welcoming the organisation with warm hands.

Pike told Bush Radio that the PAC is contesting three municipalities this time around. The PAC launched its manifesto last week and is continuing with rallies.

Also, Pike has accused the media of being biased against the PAC. He says none of the media houses want to cover their events but remains confident in the outcome of the movement’s efforts.





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ANC’s top brass campaigned in Cape Town on Saturday

Mbasa Gqokoma
17 July 2016

The African National Congress's top brass were out on the campaign trail in Cape Town on Saturday.

The big wigs visited their former stronghold Dullah Omar which they lost in the last election.

Secretary General Gwede Mantashe urged the community to vote for the party to reclaim the area.

Mantashe allegedly accused the DA run municipality of not taking care of black townships. He said things in the province haven't changed much since the dawn of democracy.

Despite failing to launch a provincial election manifesto, the party said it has plans to address the community's concerns.


Meanwhile, the ANC has strongly warned its candidates that they will be removed from being party councillors if they relocate from their wards after being elect.


This weekend the ANC deployed its heavy weights including the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to KwaZulu-Natal to garner support ahead of the August 3rd municipal elections.

Speaking to thousands of party supporters in KwaZulu-Natal, the ANC provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala said party councillors who were considering relocating from areas where they were elected should think twice.


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