Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department contests IEC non-credibility claims by EFF

Simamkele Vakaza
03 April 2016

The Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department has assured South Africans that the Independent Electoral Commission is still credible.

The Co-operative Governance Ministry says claims by Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema that the Independent Electoral Commission will not behave fairly during the local government elections, have no substance.

Cogta spokesperson Legadima Leso says the IEC has shown integrity by delivering successful national and local government elections since 1994.

At the EFF’s election manifesto launch on Saturday, Malema accused the IEC of rigging past elections, saying the commission stole EFF votes in Alexander in Gauteng and Tlokwe in the North West. He said that they would not allow the IEC to do so this time around.


Khayelitsha Murder suspect to appear in the local Magistrate’s Court

Simamkele Vakaza
03 April 2016

A suspect is expected to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrates Court for the murder of a 21-year-old woman.The body of a 21-year-old woman from Khayelitsha, who had been missing from January, has been found in Makhaza, Cape Town.

The body of Anelisa Dulaze, who went missing on her 21st birthday, was found buried in Makhaza, a 23-year -old man has also been arrested.

Police spokesperson Andre Traut says, “This lady was reported missing on 31 January this year. After the missing person’s report was investigated, foul play was suspected and the investigation was then changed to murder.”


Monday, May 02, 2016

Goodbye Victor J #RIP

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The trainees, volunteers and staff of Bush Radio are saddened to announce the passing of our colleague and friend, Victor Jantjies.

We were informed early this morning by his family that Victor passed away in his sleep

We are unable to find the words right now to express the loss we feel of this wonderful person who brought light to station.

Victor joined Bush Radio in 1996 as a trainee from a media project and worked in various areas in the station. He is best remembered by listeners as the voice of the Breakfast Rush and Morning Cruise but he also served in various areas "behind the scenes"

Most recently Victor was standing in on the Morning Cruise and responsible for technical and music at the station.

We will keep listeners and friends updated to developments via this blog and our Bush Radio facebook groups.

Please feel free to share you memories of Victor here.

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Democracy informal settlement residents not looking forward to local elections

Leonie Pretorius

2 May 2016

Residents of an informal settlement in Cape Town says they’re not looking forward to the upcoming local government elections as they believe it’ll bring no change.

The settlement, which has been named Democracy, is home to hundreds of residents who live in filth.

 Situated just a few kilometres from luxury homes that make up Century City, is Democracy informal settlement.


Police search for Mitchells Plain mall robbery suspects.

Leonie Pretorius
02 May 2016

Police are searching for a gang of men involved in a shameless mall robbery in Mitchells Plain.

 It’s understood the robbers posed as customers, and held up two security guards yesterday.

 They then ran off with a bag of money.

The police’s Frederick van Wyk said, That the suspects fled in a silver Volkswagen TDI which was parked nearby the mall.

And that no one was injured during the robbery and there were also no shots fired.

 Both the security officials’ firearms were taken and six suspects fled the scene.


Sunday, May 01, 2016

Burst tyre causes deadly Cape Town

Leonie Pretorius

01 May 2016

Two people were killed and three injured when a car lost control in Kraaifontein, Cape Town this morning.

ER24 spokesperson Pieter Rossouw said that One of the vehicle’s tyres allegedly burst, which led to the driver losing control over the vehicle and the car rolling several times. 

The car had been travelling on the N1 between the Brighton Road and Okavango Road off-ramps.

Two people were thrown from the car.

They were declared dead at the scene. Three people sustained moderate to severe injuries.

OR Tambo customs, airline staff held after coke passes through

Leonie Pretorius

01 May 2016
Two customs officials, an airline employee and a foreign national are set to appear in court next week over cocaine that passed through OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

 Police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said that the the four men were arrested at the airport on Thursday.
Earlier that day,A 29-year-old man in transit to Lagos, Nigeria, had landed from Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Allegedly a drug mule, he was apparently allowed to pass through the airport with as much as 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of R425 000, in his body.
Two customs officials allegedly escorted the man to a hotel, where they were joined by an airline employee “who apparently came to collect the ejected drug bullets from the suspect’s body”.

The customs officers were charged with defeating the ends of justice.

 The alleged drug mule and airline worker would face drug dealing charges.

The four remained in custody ahead of their expected appearance in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Eastern Cape residents are urged to stay warm in this weekend

Nontando mafanya
30 April 2016

Eastern Cape residents have been warned to brace themselves for chilly and wet conditions this weekend as a severe cold front passes through the province.

South African Weather Service forecaster Phumla Goba yesterday said in a statement opposing weather conditions were caused by a surface high pressure system which extended its ridge over the Eastern Cape, behind a frontal system.

East London temperatures are expected to start at 12°C today, peaking at a low 14°C. Bhisho residents should expect a low 8°C, warming to a chilly 13°C later in the afternoon.

Mthatha started out at 7°C this morning and is expected to peak at 13°C. A warning of heavy clouds and very cold temperatures are expected, with showers in some places.


Opposition parties want NPA to reinstate corruption charges against S.A President

Nontando Mafanya
30 April 2016

Opposition parties are now calling on the National Prosecuting Authority to reinstate over 700 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma, in connection to the so-called spy tapes saga.

Yesterday, the High Court in Pretoria set aside former NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe’s decision to discontinue Zuma’s prosecution on corruption charges.

Mpshe reached his decision after considering representations from Zuma which included secret recordings of former scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy The so-called spy tapes showed that McCarthy and former NPA boss Bulelane Ngcuka had made political considerations,- while deciding on when to serve the indictment on Zuma. 

The Democratic Alliance’s Mabine Seabe says in a statement its time Zuma face the music after seven years.  Congress of the People’s Dennis Bloem says in a statement Zuma is now a suspected criminal.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Response Task team found illegal substances in Bishop Lavis

Mbasa Gqokoma
28 April 2016

Provincial Operational Response Task team members on Wednesday, searched a house at Bishop Lavis.

Police Spokesperson Captain van Wyk in a statement says, on the premises members found a 7.65 pistol with four rounds, a .22 revolver, two sachets of dagga, one sachet tik and a stolen VW Golf vehicle.

Police allegedly arrested a 51-year-old suspect who is due to appear in the Bishop Lavis Magistrates Court soon on charges of illegal possession firearms and ammunition, possession of drugs and stolen vehicle.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Mitchells Plain Crime Prevention Unit members stopped and search a suspicious looking youth and found 95 packets of tik, and 30 units of heroin in his possession.

A 15-year-old youth was arrested and later released on a warning to appear in court into the care of his parents.

The suspect faces a charge of possession of drugs.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

R2K will handing over a memorandum today
Nontando Mafanya
27 April 2016

The Right to Know campaign will today be handing over a memorandum calling for government to reconsider its surveillance capabilities. 

The group is calling for a reform of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Communication-Related Information Act which they claim oversteps on the rights of citizens.

 Last month, the United Nations Human Rights Committee issued a report condemning the country’s surveillance capabilities.

 Right to know will be handing over their memorandum to officials at the Office of the Interception Centres in Sandton later today.  

The group’s Murray Hunter says there has been countless cases over the years showing the way in which the state is “spying” on some citizens.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

City's Health Dept officially openes New Community Day Centre in Delft

Leonie Pretorius
26 April 2016

Today the Western Cape MEC of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, officially opened the new Symphony Way Community Day Centre.

The facility will provide further healthcare coverage for communities currently serviced by the Delft CHC.

With the drastically increasing Delft population, the newly opened Symphony Way Community Day Centre comes as welcome addition to the department service offering.

In a statement, MEC Spokesperson, Luyanda Mfeketo says “The new facility represents an investment of close to R50 million in the health of people in Delft”.

He said “It will be serviced by a staff complement of 58 staff members and uses modern technology, including Digital X-ray and e-reception, which creates an easy flow of operations around the clinic”.


Classes disrupted by vandals in Bonteheuwel

Leonie Pretorius
26 April 2016

The Western Cape Education Department says some classes will be affected at a Bonteheuwel high school today after vandals robbed the institution.

Arcadia High School’s roof and several windows were allegedly damaged by the vandals who also targeted the computer lab.

The provincial education MEC’s spokesperson Jessica Shelver says “We can confirm that Arcadia High School was targeted by vandals over the weekend”. 

Shelver says they can’t win the fight against such incidents without the community’s support


Mbalula: revoked privileges will not affect Commonwealth Games

Simamkele Vakaza
26 April 2016

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says his decision to revoke the privileges of some sporting federations over their failure to meet transformation targets will not affect the country’s ability to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Mbalula announced yesterday that SA Rugby, Athletics South Africa, Netball SA and Cricket South Africa have had their rights to host international tournaments revoked for failing to transform adequately.

He said the decision to implement punitive measures should come as no surprise as the federations themselves agreed to the terms of an important persons group on transformation.

Questions have been raised about the impact the decision will have on the Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Durban.

But Mbalula says he believes federations would have done better by then.


EFF to defend itself in treason chargers laid by the ANC

Simamkele Vakaza
26 April 2016

The African National Congress laid charges yesterday evening against the Economic Freedom Fighters at Johannesburg's Hillbrow police station.

The EFF says it will defend itself in court against treason charges brought against it by the ANC. 

Malema warned the ruling party that if it continued to respond violently to peaceful protests, his party would remove the current government, 'through the barrel of a gun'.

 The comments were made by EFF leader Julius Malema in an interview with TV network over the weekend.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Hendrik Louw Primary School expresses condolences to the family of a boy who died

Nontando Mafanya
25 April 2016

Hendrik Louw Primary School in Strand has expressed its condolences to the family of a boy who had been electrocuted at his home near Gordon's Bay.

The grade six learner was reportedly playing in the yard when power cables fell on him on Friday afternoon.

It's believed strong wind uprooted a tree, which crashed into wires, causing them to snap. School principal John Reynecke said, It was a big shock to the school and the community.


Mbalula suspends privileges of SA players from bidding for international tournaments.

Nontando Mafanya
25 April 2016

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has suspended the privileges of SA Rugby, Cricket South Africa and Athletics SA from bidding for international tournaments due to lack of transformation.

He has also resolved to cancel the privileges of Athletics South Africa, Cricket South Africa, Netball South Africa and South African Rugby to host and bid for major and mega international tournaments in the Republic of South Africa as a consequence of the aforementioned federations, not meeting their own set transformation targets with immediate effect.

Mbalula made the announcement during the release of the Eminent Persons Group on Transformation in Sport in Pretoria.


DA refuses to intervene in banks’ standoff with oakbay

Leonie Pretorius

25 April 2016

The Democratic Alliance has alledgedly turned down a request to meet the CEO of Gupta-linked company, Oakbay Investments.

 In a letter addressed to party leader Mmusi Maimane, Nazeem Howa asked him to appeal to several banks to review their decision to close Oakbay’s bank accounts because it may lead to significant job losses.

 But the party has dismissed the request as inappropriate.

Last week, it emerged that the ministers of finance, mineral resources and labour would be interacting with the banks to discuss the account closures.

 Members of the Gupta family have allegedly resigned from all non-executive and executive positions in the company.




Sunday, April 24, 2016

CPUT workers are demanding a Wage and Housing subsidy increase

Simamkele Vakaza
24 April 2016

Cape Peninsula University of Technology striking workers say while their frustrations with management are rising, they will not take drastic action as they wait for a response concerning their grievances.

The staff members are demanding a wage and housing subsidy increase.The striking employees on Friday threatened to shut down CPUT campus.

Spokesperson Ben Turner said, “We are not going to do anything that is irresponsible to the institution or our workers. Management has decided to take strong action against them, but we’ll see what that entails and take the matter forward.”


UDM election manifesto launch in Pretoria today

Simamkele Vakaza
24 April 2016

The United Democratic Movement will launch its election manifesto in Pretoria today.
The Manifesto’s purpose is for Bantu Holomisa to strengthen the UDM's support base in Gauteng.

The opposition party founded in 1999 by Holomisa following his expulsion from the African National Congress.

Yesterday the Democratic Alliance held its Manifesto in South of Johannesburg at Rand Stadium.

The DA says it has enough experience to successfully run municipalities and gave examples of Cape Town. The DA has also promised to speed up the provision of water, sanitation and electricity in the towns and cities that it governs.


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