Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Deputy President Ramaphosa visiting Lesotho again

Lusanda Bill
22 October 2014

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is today returning to Lesotho to pay an official. During his visit Deputy President Ramaphosa is expected to continue consultations with political role-players. 

This is to continue efforts in assisting the people of Lesotho in their endeavours to address their current political and security challenges.

Deputy President Spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said during the visit Mr Ramaphosa will pay a courtesy call to His Majesty King Letsie the third.

Mamoepa added that efforts by SADC has yielded positive results with Parliament reopening ahead of elections next year.

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MEC Plato says safety of people in malls a priority

Lusanda Bill
22 October 2014

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato said the safety of people in malls is of utmost important. MEC Plato said they will continue to monitor the role shopping centres, its management and their private security play. 

He added that it is everyone’s responsibility to help ensure safety where we live, work and shop. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said MEC Plato welcomes that all parties understands the seriousness of the situation and has undertaken to address the situation with urgency.

Botha said as part of the MEC’s oversight of issues in the province he will also be visiting shopping centres, as he believes this is a way of building partnerships between the private sector, SAPS and the Department of Community Safety in the Western Cape.

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Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene Medium Term Budget Policy Statement

Oscar Thomas
22 October 2014

Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene today delivered the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament.

Minister Nene said over the past decade, government spending has doubled in real terms, funding a large expansion of the social wage and capital budgets.

Nene said social assistance pays an income directly to vulnerable households, while the other public services that make up the social wage replace or subsidise day to day expenses such as housing, education and amenities, therefore reducing the cost of living for households.

He added that social grants are expected to reach 17.3 million people by 2017/2018 and will account for nearly 85% of this spending.

Basic Education exceeds R640 billion, accounting for nearly 15% of all spending.  In the statement he said allocations proposed over the MTEF period for school infrastructure will ensure that gazetted norms and standards are met by 2016.

The budget for the cluster of defence, public order and safety accounts for 13% of total spending and will grow at an annual average of 5.6%, reaching over R190 billion in 2017/2018.

Employment growth has decreased however employment programmes have grown by 10% a year over the spending period ahead.

In terms of health almost R500 billion which is nearly 11% of total spending will be allocated to health in order to assist and achieve a long and healthy life for all South Africans.

Nene said we face a difficult economic environment where economic growth of recent years that is driven by consumption and debt has reached its limits. Nene said the risks that we highlighted in February this year when we tabled the 2014 Budget related to protracted labour strikes and electricity shortages have been realised.

Nene said the weak economic performance has put a great deal of pressure on the fiscus, with revenue insufficient to cover expenditure. Nene said the budget deficit is high, debt levels have approached the limits of sustainability and the economy is vulnerable to global volatility, especially in the face of monetary policy normalization in advanced economies. Nene said we have reached a turning point as fiscal consolidation can no longer be postponed.

Nene said we expect the rate of economic growth to improve over the next several years. Nene said the improved outlook is supported b investments currently underway in energy and transport, a gradual pick up in global growth, rising exports to the rest of the African continent and a recovery in private investment. Also, contained in the medium term strategic framework are specific growth programmes which will be reflected in the programmes of departments.

Nene said the fiscal proposal announced today combined with various micro-economic interventions are necessary to sustain social progress and to move the economy onto a new and more sustainable development path.

"Faster economic growth that is sustained over a long period is not just a key objective of the National Development Plan but a necessary condition to raise the resources we need to fund the country’s social and economic transformation Nene added. 

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Two people arrested for being in possession of abalone and drugs

Lusanda Bill
22 October 2014

Western Cape Traffic Authorities on Tuesday evening arrested a 45-year-old man on the N2 outside Garbouw.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said the man was found to be in possession of abalone to the street value of R910 500.  

Africa said some 14 bags of 1 821 pieces of abalone were found in his possession.

In another incident also on Tuesday on the N1 just outside Worcester a passenger bus was stopped and searched. 

Upon the search drug khat was found in the bus resulting in the driver of the bus being arrested. 
 

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WCED to launch Abuse No More Policy document

Loyiso Langeni
22 October 2014

Western Cape MEC of Education Debbie Schafer will later on today launch the Abuse No More Policy document.

The document deals with guidelines and legislations that highlights the responsibility of educators who may suspect or deal with discourse of child abuse. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Jessica Shelver said the MEC Shafer will today will launch the new policy document called Abuse No More, dealing effectively with Child Abuse, and will brief media on the contents of the document.

“In order to assist schools in managing child abuse and sexual offences against children, the WCED have made available to schools guidelines called the Abuse No More Protocol. These guidelines were first introduced in 2001.

However, since then, various developments relating to the care and protection of children culminated in the update of legislation.” Shelver added.

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A man arrested for murdering a 36 year old man in KZN

Loyiso Langeni
22 October 2014

A 38-year-old man was arrested for murdering a 36-year-old man in KwaZulu-Natal. 

The incident happened at the victim’s home whereby the suspect shot at him and he fell onto a burning two plate stove which resulted in him sustaining burn wounds to his upper body. 

Police Spokesperson Thulani Zwane said When they arrived at that place the was an argument between himself and the lover of his girlfriend as a result the suspect shot and killed the victim

“A case of murder was open at Taylors Halt Police Station. The firearm used will be sent for ballistic testing to ascertain if it was used in any other crimes." Zwane added.

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Missing Adult Alert: Nokuzola Agnes Mathetha


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Missing Adult Alert: Lungiswa Dlakavu


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DA calls on Saps to implement mall strategy

Loyiso Langeni
22 October 2014

The Democratic Alliance is calling on police to implement a plan to bring an end to the increase of mall robberies in the country. 

DA MP of Police Dianne Kohler Barnard said the current situation is extremely worrying and the police cannot ignore this issue. 
 
“We need the SAPS Criminal Intelligence unit to go into overdrive to find and prosecute these thugs. Barnard added

Barnard also said The National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, made submissions to the portfolio committee on police in the last 48 hours suggesting that the South African Police Service Crime Intelligence was on top of the mall robberies scourge. This is clearly not the case, as the situation is spiraling out of control.

“I was absolutely correct in doubting this statement and I made it very clear in the committee that the National Commissioner was either unaware of the situation or being economical with the truth.” Barnard said.

 
Meanwhile police have set up a task team to deal with the recent robberies across the country, with the latest one happening in Somerset West where a security guard was killed during the robbery.

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Cosatu NW urges Departement of Labour to implemtent sectoral determinations

Loyiso Langeni
22 Octobr 2014

The Congress of South African Trade Union in the North West has called for the urgent implementation of sectoral determination by the Department of Labour in the province.

Cosatu’s Provincial Secreatry Solly Phetoe said several employers are not implementing sectoral determinations especially as vulnerable workers are exploited.

“We call upon them that by the end of the week, all those sectorial determination and the adjustment of the salary workers must be adjusted according to the sectoral determination.

 We will have to call a mass action against the department of Labour and those employer who are not implying.” Phetoe added.

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ANC WC shocked at the murder of Charles Khanku

Lusanda Bill
22 October 2014

The African National Congress in the Western Cape said it is shocked at the death of Ward 36 Branch Chairman Charles Khanku. 

ANC’s Songezo Mjongile said Khanku was killed in Phillipi on Monday night.

Mjongile said we believe that those who committed this act were clearly doing so to destabilise the community of Crossroads.

“We are therefore calling on the community that they must remain and allow the police to do their work. Equally we wish to send our condolences to the Khanku family” Mjongile added. 

The motive for the murder is still unknown however police are investigating. 

 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Outa glad with Sanral’s change of heart regarding e-toll review panel submission

Lusanda Bill
21 October 2014

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance has welcomed the turn-around by the South African National Roads Agency Limited to make submissions to the Gauteng e-toll review panel. 

Outa’s John Clarke said they hope that Sanral will now start to participate in live panel discussions to answer their critics and the public on the many questions which they have simply ignored. 

Clarke said Sanral has now come around and realised that the Gauteng e-toll review panel is worthwhile and we are glad that they will make a submission.

“We are asking for the minister and the Sanral board and the finance portfolio committee to respond to the serious issues of e-tolls in due course” Clarke added. 

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NPA considering to appeal or not appeal Oscar Pistorius sentencing

Lusanda Bill
21 October 2014

The National Prosecuting Authority today said they are considering whether it will appeal or not appeal the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius. 

Judge Thokozile Masipa in the North Guateng High Court sentenced Pistorius to five years in prison on the culpable homicide charge and five years suspended on the discharge of a firearm at a restaurant. 

However NPA Spokesperson Nathi Mncube said they were happy that Pistorius is serving some jail time.

Mncube said we are going to study the judgement again and we will then do some research in the view of finding a case law that will either support or not support the decision to appeal.

“In the event that we find sufficient grounds to appeal as far as the case law is concerned we will then appeal the matter.  But in the event that we find that there are not sufficient grounds to appeal and that our decision cannot be fully supported we will then make a proper announcement within the next fourteen days” Mncube added.    

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A woman died after being knocked over by a car in Brakpan

Lusanda Bill
21 October 2014

An accident this morning on Airpport road in Dalpark, Brakpan left a woman dead.

This is after she was knocked over by a motor vehcile while she was trying to cross the road.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Santi Steinmann said when paramedics arrived on the scene they found that the woman had already died on the scene.

The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the sbuhect of a police invetsigation.

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Four suspects arrested for Jackson Mthembu's shooting

Lusanda Bill
21 October 2014

Police have arrested four suspects and are being questioned for the shooting of African National Congress Spokesperson and MP Jackson Mthembu. 

He was shot on Sunday in Mpumalanga while he was withdrawing money from an ATM.  ANC’s Keith Khoza on Monday said Mthembu is in the Intensive Care Unit and in a critical condition. 

Police Spokesperson Selvy Mohlala said they were found in possession of one laptop, thirty cellphones, eight fake bank cards and a card cloning device.

Mohlala said the suspects are being questioned and we are investigating whether they are linked to the shooting of Mr Mthembu.

“Over and above this we are also questioning them on other criminality activities that they could have been possibly be involved in around the country” Mohlala added. 

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NUM on strike at Glencore Koornfontein Mine in Mpumalanga

Oscar Thomas
21 October 2014

The National Union of Mineworkers at Glencore Koornfontein Mine in Mpumalanga have embarked on a strike. 

This is after talks between the union and the company reached a deadlock at the CCMA. 

The strike is over pay of service per year. 

Num Acting National Spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu said Glencore is deviating from the same formula it is using at other operations like Tweefontein and TUGO.

Mammburu said this company is very arrogant because even when we were dealing with picketing rules we could not reach an agreement because they wanted to impose their own picketing rules.

Mammburu said the CCMA ended up imposing at least reasonable picketing rules to parties.


"We are being undermined and we will make sure they feel the pinch. We are also intending to apply for a secondary strike from other Glencore operations, Mammburu added.

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ANC Women League outraged at Oscar Pistorious Sentence

Oscar Thomas
21 October 2014

The African National Congress Women’s League said it is outraged at the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for culpable homicide.

Earlier today Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius to five years for culpable homicide and three years, suspended for the discharge of a firearm at Tasha’s restaurant.

In a statement the women’s league said it remains dissatisfied with the verdict delivered today.

ANC’s Women’s League Khusela Sangoni said we have consistently said that we believe she adds in her verdict she finds Oscar Pistorious guilty of culpable homicide and not murder.

Sangoni said as such this sentence is just more aforementioned of that.

As the Women’s league we will be approaching the State requesting that they consider an appeal in this case as we want to be friends of the court.


“South African women are abused on the daily basis at the hands of their partners and this miscarriage of justice cannot be allowed to continue Sangoni added.

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ACDP welcomes announcement of SA AFCON withdrawal

Oscar Thomas
21 October 2014

The African Christian Democratic Party has welcomed the announcement by Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula that South Africa is not ready to host the Africa Cup of Nations if Morocco withdraws because of the Ebola virus. 

ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley said the most important thing is that countries need to assist in addressing the escalating ebola crisis.

The Moroccan government announced last week that they wanted the tournament to be postponed because of the Ebola crisis. 

Dudley said the African football association the AF must rather postpone the event while we all do what we can to address the escalating ebola crisis.

Dudley said this is not something any country can take lightly and I am actualy particularly pleased and the ACDP welcomes the fact that our minister has taken a very stand on this.


“Before it has even gotten to cabinet South Africa has said an unequivocal no we are not putting our people at risk while this virus is at large Dudley added.

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Oscar Pistorious sentenced to 5 years

Oscar Thomas
21 October 2014

Judge Thokozile Masipa in the High Court in Pretoria has sentenced Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for the charge of culpable homicide. 

Judge Masipa also ruled on the discharge of a firearm at Tasha's restaurant and gave Pistorius three years suspended for five. 

Pistorius shot and killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013. 

Here is Judge Masipa’s judgment giving his judgment said the following is what I consider to be a sentence that is fair and just both to society and the accused.

Count one culpable homicide the sentence imposed is a maximum imprisonment of 5 years imposed in terms of section 2761i of the criminal procedure acts number 51 of 1977.

“On count two the contravention of section of 120 sub section 3b of the firearms control act number 60 of 2000 the sentence imposes 3 years imprisonment, wholly suspended for 5 years on condition that within the period of suspension the accused is not found guilty of a crime where there is negligence involving the use of a firearm Masipa added. 

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Provincial Policing Needs and Priorities continues in the WC

Loyiso Langeni
21 October 2014

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato will today be hosting yet another Provincial Policing Needs and Priorities consultation process in Kuils River, Mfuleni and Kleinvlei. 

The meetings give the communities the opportunity to raise their police needs of their own communities to the MEC. 

Through this whole process a report will be complied which will be given to the Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said will host the 16th public engagement as part of the Department five month consultation process to determine the Policing Needs and Priorities of communities.

“During these meetings, communities have the opportunity to identify, discuss and confirm the specific needs and priorities facing their communities.” Botha added.

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Learner transport compliance a priority for the WC

Lusanda Bill
21 October 2014

The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works and the Mossel Bay municipality last week conducted a learner transport law enforcement operation. 

This is where vehicles were checked for legal and safety compliance.  The department will continue to conduct similar operations to ensure the safety of children who make use of scholar transport.

Departmental Spokesperson Byron La Hoe said the operation mainly targeted driver fitness and roadworthiness for leaner transport vehicles.  It formed part of various activities that are taking place this month as it is Transport Month.

Meanwhile also on the same day an integrated roadblock was conducted on the N2 highway between Mossel Bay and George. 

This is where several vehicles including taxis were suspended and several arrests made.

La hoe said three minibus taxis were suspended and 22 cases were issued to the value of R20 300.  A further 99 vehicles were stopped during the operation and one illegal immigrant was arrested.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

MEC Plato calling for identikits of criminals to be made public

Lusanda Bill
20 October 2014

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato has called on police to release identikits of murder and robbery suspects to the public. 

This as a police officer was shot dead in Nyanga and a security officer was killed in Somerset West shopping centre on Sunday.  MEC Plato said the release of the identikits will help the police in apprehending these suspects.

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said by releasing the identikits the public can assist the police in apprehending these suspects. 

In a statement MEC Plato said “these are not just robberies gone bad but the brazen nature of the attacks have spiralled them into attacks on the very systems meant to keep citizens safe”.

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ANC: Jackson Mthembu out of danger following shooting incident

Lusanda Bill
20 October 2014

The African National Congress has confirmed that the party’s spokesperson and MP Jackson Mthembu is out of danger.  This is after he was shot and wounded on Sunday in Witbank, Mpumalanga. 

It is believed that Mthembu was shot while he was using the ATM at the mall. 

ANC’s Keith Khoza said criminality of any form should never be tolerated and those responsible must be brought to book. 

Khoza said Mthembu is still in the Intensive Care Unit under medical observation, but he is out of danger.

“The ANC is calling on the police to act swiftly and apprehend anybody who is responsible for this act of criminality” Khoza added.

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Police arrest three suspects in Mthatha

Oscar Thomas
20 October 2014
 
Eastern police arrested three people over the weekend for being in possession of two illegal firearms and a stolen vehicle in Mthatha.
 
The three are appearing in the Mthatha Magistrate Court today on charges of possession of illegal firearm and stolen vehicle. 
 
The suspects are believed to be linked to several robberies in the area. 
 
Police Spokesperson Mzukisi Fatyela said they were found in possession of two firearms, a 9mm pistol with live ammunition and a vehicle that had been stolen.
 
“The suspects are being linked to other cases where stolen vehicles have taken place and are set to appear in the Mthata magistrates court today Fatyela added.

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DA calls on Zuma to take responsibility for Nkandla funds

Oscar Thomas
20 October 2014

The Democratic Alliance said nobody must pay back President Jacob Zuma’s portion of the R246 million of public funds used for the Nkandla upgrades but Zuma himself. 

This as a report on Sunday revealed that KwaZulu-Natal tycoon Philani Mavundla has offered to raise funds and settle President Jacob Zuma's debt over the security upgrades. 

DA Chairperson of the Federal Executive James Selfe said resident Zuma must lead and take full responsibility for his action. 

Selfe said Indeed President Zuma is on record as stating that corruption is a Western paradigm, but as President of a Constitutional democracy, President Zuma can not allow any other South African to absolve him from his personal liability in this matter.

Selfe said Jacob Zuma must lead and take full responsibility for his actions that saw the abuse of public funds at Nkandla.

”The DA maintains that Jacob Zuma, and only Jacob Zuma, must pay back every single rand owing at Nkandla Selfe added.

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16 people died on Western Cape roads

Loyiso Langeni 20 October 2104

Western Cape Traffic Authorities over the weekend conducted 24 roadblocks across the province of which 2 453 vehicles were stopped and checked. 

1 598 drivers were tested for alcohol and 43 were arrested for drunken driving. 

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said the highest reading was recorded in the Swellendam are on the N2 and the total fines that we issued was R213 450 we also tested a speed of 4 085 vehicles which we prosecuted 388 due to the fact that they exceeded the speed limit.

Africa added that the highest speed recorded in the Western Cape Province was 168km/h in 120 zone near Brecknefell

Meanwhile during the roadblocks three people were arrested in Swellendam one for being in possession of false documentation, another for excessive high speed and the third one for being in possession of dagga. 

One person was arrested in Brackenfell for assaulting a traffic officer. 

Over the weekend 16 people died on the province roads.  Seven pedestrian, one motorcyclist, five drivers and three pedestrians all died. 

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said the first one was a pedestrian in Hanover Park a pedestrian in Parow, Harare, Kraaifontein, Nyanga, Knysna and De Doorns.

Africa also said on Friday in Camps Bay a lost control of his vehicle and died in that accident and in Maitland there was also one vehicle lost control and he also died.

“We had an accident where the driver and two of his passengers died in that specific accident.

In Paarl we had an accident where a driver lost his life and in George we had an accident died.” Africa added.

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WCED ready for the start of exams for Grade 12 learners

Lusanda Bill
20 October 2014

The Western Cape Department of Education said it is ready and prepared for the Grade 12 learners who start their National Senior Certificate Examinations today. 

In a statement the WCED said officials from the department have visited examination venues to ensure that all networks and stand-alone workstations have been properly set-up. 

61 065 candidates are expected to write either today or tomorrow, Computer Applications Technology or Information Technology. 

MEC Debbie Schafer said the preparations for these exams are complex given that we have to prepare for all sorts of scenarios in order to avoid any disruptions to the examinations.

Schafer said to avoid things such as power disruptions the WCED has engaged with Eskom and the relevant municipalities regarding the dates and times for the 2014 examinations in order to ensure that no disruptions take place.

“We also have contingency plans in place in an event of a computer breakdown during examinations” Schafer added.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Protest action underway in Kraaifontein

Lusanda Bill
19 October 2014

Western Cape Traffic Authorities are warning motorists that there is protest action on the N1 coming from the Engine garage towards Kraaifontein. 

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said the motive for the protest is unknown at this stage however the first turn-off ramp towards Kraaifontein is closed to motorist due to the protest. 

Africa said especially motorists that are coming from Paarl towards Kaaifontein need to be careful due to the protest action.

“We are advising motorists on that route to please use alternative routes” Africa added.

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DA in WC says it has a good story to tell on excellent service delivery

Lusanda Bill
19 October 2014

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape says the Department of Human Settlements in the province has shown excellent service delivery during the 2013/2014 financial year. 

Provincial Spokesperson on Human Settlements Matlhodi Maseko said the economic growth in the province continues to draw people who are seeking opportunities for real jobs. 

Maseko said we know that Human Settlement is not about a clean audit but about service delivery. There was a target that the department in the province set and there were challenges of protest action, but above all that the targets that were set were reached.

“We spent the entire budget that was given to the province. So we have a good story to tell that really under the hardship we managed to deliver” Maseko added.

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Xolile Mngeni has died after suffering with a brain tumour

Lusanda Bill
19 October 2014

Western Cape Regional Commissioner Delekile Klaas confirmed that one of Anni Dewani’s killers, 27-year-old Xolile Mngeni died at the Goodwood Correctional Centre on Saturday.

Mngeni was diagnosed with a brain tumour and was sentenced to life in prison for being one of the hitman who murdered Anni Dewani in Gugulethu in 2010. 

In July this year he applied for medical parole but was denied.  Klass said his family has since been notified of his death.

Klaas said when his parole was declined the Minister of Correctional Services Michael Masutha suggested that the social worker confirmed that she would revaluate the case, to look at the family circumstances, because he needed 24hour support.

“So the minister requested that the social worker should provide a comprehensive report on the reason he should be placed on parole.  So before his death we were busy with this process” Klaas added.

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No arrests made following cash stolen from Chatsworth police station

Lusanda Bill
19 October 2014

KwaZulu Natal Commissioner Mammonye Ngobeni has condemned theft within Chatsworth police station.

This after cash was stolen from one of the offices at the Chatsworth Police Station. The cash was used to pay out claims and was kept in a safe.

Nogbeni said it was obvious from the beginning that it was an inside job as it would have been impossible for an outsider to steal from a locked safe within secured premises.

Police Spokesperson Jay Naicker said the cash was used to pay out claims and was kept in the safe.  The detectives started their investigation into the matter and a police officer based at the Chatsworth police station was detained on suspicion of being involved in the theft incident.

Naicker said a second suspect a civilian was also taken in for questioning.

“An internal investigation is also underway to ensure that those responsible for the theft of the cash are dealt with an arrested immediately” Naicker added.

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Missing Adult Alert: Frank Kater


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Missing Child Alert: Nzumba Rose Kiala


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Reconvening of Parliament described as a positive political development

Lusanda Bill
18 October 2014

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa labelled the reconvening of Parliament in Lesotho on Friday as a positive political development. 

Parliament in Lesotho was suspended in June following a coup attempt. Elections will be held on February 2015. 

Deputy Ramaphosa said the reconvening of Parliament was a massive historic milestone.  He said this move has stabilised democracy in Lesotho, and it further ensured that the democratic path is the only path that Lesotho can proceed on towards proper peace and stability. 

Ramaphosa said the opening of Parliament was well received by members of Parliament demonstrating the satisfaction of the agreement reached two weeks ago, when the Maseru Facilitation Declaration was signed.     

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Samwu angered by Premier Supra Mahomapelo statement

Lusanda Bill
18 October 2014

South Africa Municipal Workers Union in North West said it demands a public apology from the North West Premier Supra Mahomapelo for his unreasonable and unfounded statement, which insulted Samwu members in the eyes of communities.

The Midvaal Water Company sampled water from the area and found that there were no toxins or poison as alleged by the Premier.

National Media Officer Papikie Mohale said Premier wanted to swing public opinion in his favour with regards to the situation at the municipality.

Mohale said Samwu therefore requires that the Premier makes a public apology for his ridiculous and unfounded statement which seeks to defend characters of our members.  

“Should the Premier fail to make such an apology we will institute a civil claim against the Premier” Mohale added.

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