Saturday, January 31, 2015

NUM shocked at news of closure of Optimum Cola mine

Lusanda Bill
31 January 2015

The National Union of Mineworkers said it is shocked and sadden by the Glencore’s decision to close down Optimum Cola mine in Mpumalanga.

NUM Regional Secretary Stanley Lebelo said the proposed closure of these operations would affect approximately 1 000 permanent employees and 500 contractors.

Lebelo said this has come as a shock to us especially that the company is not making any profit as they have been making a loss since 2012.

“The question we are now asking ourselves is why were we not warned earlier about the financial state of the mine so that we could have assisted or explored options that could have saved the company” Lebelo added.  

 

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Tragic accident leaves ten people dead

Lusanda Bill
31 January 2015

A tragic accident early this morning on the N3 close to London Road in Johannesburg left ten people dead and eleven injured.

It is believed that 21 passengers were travelling in a bakkie and it lost control and rolled. 

ER24 Spokesperson Pieter Rossouw said amongst the injuries, eight people sustained moderate to minor injuries and there were also three critical patients.

Rossouw said one critical patient was airlifted to hospital for further treatment and another patient who sustained minor injuries who transported to hospital by ER24.

The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.   

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Manhunt for suspects who attacked four foreign nationals

Lusanda Bill
31 January 2015

KwaZulu Natal police have launched a manhunt for armed suspects who attacked four foreign nationals in their shop at Bhamshela area at Nsuze on Thursday.

Major Thulni Zwane said three foreigners were shot and wounded and the fourth was badly assaulted by unidentified suspects.

A case of attempted murder and business robbery was opened at Nsuze Police station for further investigation.

Zwane said the suspects took an undisclosed amount of money before they fled the scene. 

“No arrests have been made at this stage and the matter is still under investigation” Zwane added.

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WC transport dept warns of payday blues weekend

Loyiso Langeni
31 January 2015

Western Cape MEC of Transport and Public Works Donald Grant has urged motorists to be cautious as this weekend is set to be the first payday weekend of 2015.

Ministerial Spokesperson Siphesihle Dube said they know from previous data, collected last year that pay day weekend are the most dangerous time of the month.

The Province has been experiencing record low numbers of road traffic fatalities, as the festive season draws to a close, since the beginning of the Safely Home campaign in 2009.

Dube said on average 18 people are killed on month end weekend compared to an average of 13 people on normal weekends.

“On ordinary days we know the average of 2.4 deaths per day. We are currently sitting 69 deaths heading into this weekend.” Dube added

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Friday, January 30, 2015

A man killed on N12 highway in Bedford View

Loyiso Langeni
30 January 2015

A man has died earlier this morning in a collision on the N3 close to the Van Buuren Road, in Bedfordview.

It is believed he attempted to cross the highway when a vehicle collided with him.

ER24 Spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said when they  arrived on scene, they found the man lying on the road.

Bodasing added that there was nothing that they could do for him. He was declared dead on scene due to multiple severe injuries he had sustained. The truck driver was uninjured.

Exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.

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NUM won’t support DA’s call regarding Amendment bill

Jaimie-faith Poonah
30 January 2015

The National Union of Mineworkers said it will never support the Democratic Alliance’s call to support the Labour Relations Amendment Bill that seeks to restrict violence strikes.

DA said in a statement that, if NUM truly is totally against strike related violence, they must take definitive action and publicly support the bill, which is set to be formally introduced in Parliament for debate in February this year.

NUM Spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu said the DA should be calling for other stakeholders who have found the framework agreement for a sustainable mining industry to sign it.

“We know that there are some stakeholders who have signed it, so it is therefore an opportunity for them to only call NUM to support the Labour Relations Amendment Bill.” Mammburu added.

Mammburu continues to say: “We also remind the DA that the NUM is not the only union in the mining industry in South Africa.”

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DENOSA appalled by claims of mismanagement in Sekororo hospital

Mbasa Gqokoma
30 January 2015

The Democratic Nursing Organization in Limpopo said it is concerned by people spreading wrongfully information of mismanagement of patients by nurses at Sekororo hospital.

It is alleged that the community member, claiming to be a community leader, caused alarm by phoning into a radio programme to say he was at the hospital where nurses were abusing and mismanaging patients and that nurses were not attending to patients.

DENOSA Provincial Secretary Kwena Manamela said they find this seriously concerning, especially when conflict between nurses and patients is being instigated by people who claim to be community leaders.

Manamela added that they are increasingly worried by the manner in which stories are made up and get supported by the department without proper facts.

“We feel and think that it is very correct that members of the community raise their concerns through correct channels without throwing damaging allegations in the public that paint the profession in a very bad light.” Manamela said.

He concluded by saying that they believe it will be very correct for the department to comment in a manner that will build the moral of the workers and the nurses in particular.

 

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R2K condemns xenophobic attacks

Raymond Pani
30 January 2015

The Right 2 Know calls for the government to state whether the National Intelligence Co-ordinating Committee has developed a national intelligence estimate in relation to the threat of xenophobia in the country.

The Right2Know Campaign condemns in the strongest possible terms the xenophobic attacks in the past week, triggered by an alleged shooting of a youth by a Somali shop owner.

Right2Know’s Jane Duncan said they feel that it is very important that the government release a national intelligence estimate on xenophobia if in fact it does have national intelligence estimate because all finds that there is significant failure in terms of xenophobia.

Duncan added that one can say that it wasn’t possible to anticipate this particular attack but the point is xenophobia has been a problem in south Africa for a very long time which means that the state should pay more special attention to it.

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Western Cape Department of Agriculture to resolve water crisis in Clanwilliam

Oscar Thomas
30 January 2015

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has made a R1 million temporary solution into the collapsed canal in Clanwilliam. 

MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde said one of the canals running off the Clanwilliam dam collapsed at the start of this month, affecting more than 300 farmers in nearby communities.

Ministerial Spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste said the R1 million emergency fund will ensure that water is pumped across the damaged section. 

Jooste said it is a 184m section of the canal near Klawer.

Jooste said the break dramatically reduced water supply to farms downstream. More than 300 farmers, 6 000 hectares of irrigation and residents in nearby communities were affected.

Jooste said this presented a huge threat to the farmers working with table and wine grapes as well as vegetables. It also threatened seasonal jobs for local residents.

Jooste said a plan to fix the canal will need to follow. This is the actually responsibility of the National Department of Water and Sanitation.

Jooste said with the costs of repairing the aging infrastructure adding up, this association did not have the funds to purchase the additional pumps and generator.

“MEC Winde will meet with the local association to discuss the way forward Jooste added.

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Mayor De Lille to launch dialogue about racial issues

Loyiso Langeni
30 January 2015

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille while addressing the full council on Wednesday said she wants to have a dialogue about racial issues in Cape Town. 

She announced the Mayor’s Inclusive City campaign. 

Mayor De Lille will be putting together a framework for the dialogue and further details will be released next month.

"I want to create a platform where we can address these difficulty issues in our city and confront what makes some people feel excluders and other people feel entitled,” De Lille said. 

She also said that this campaign will be an action of reconciliation allowing us to confront divisions to strengthen our mission to create a united future.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Seven people injured at Bedford shooting

Loyiso Langeni
29 January 2015

A shooting incident in Bedford shopping centre earlier today has left seven people injured. 

It is believed that eight suspects entered the shopping centre to rob a security guard who was collecting money inside the centre, and shooting ensued. 

ER24 Spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said when they arrived on scene they found the area in chaos.

Bodasing added that one of the patients, a man, treated by ER24, sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He was assessed on scene, treated and transported to hospital for further treatment.

The exact details to the cause of the shooting will remain the subject of a police investigation.

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Cape Chamber calling for more predictable load shedding schedule

Loyiso Langeni
29 January 2015

The Cape Chamber of Commerce has called for a more predictable load shedding schedule in order for businesses and consumer to plan better. 

Since Monday the power utility has implemented scheduled rolling blackouts after several of its generators broke down.

The Chambers President Janine Myburgh said Eskom cannot announce a stage one load-shedding and within hours announced stage two load-shedding.

Myburgh added that It would be better if the load shedding was kept at stage two for a full day so that the power outages would be predictable and Commerce and Industry could plan to work around these outages.

She emphasised that in a simple offer solution you might know that you computers are going to be down for two hour period in the morning, so you could schedule all your meetings.

“In a workshop or factory, a predictable schedule could put employers in a position to change working hours, or shifts introduce early closing day or move lunch breaks.” Myburgh said.

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MEC Dan Plato condemns recent vigilante killings

Raymond Pani
29 January 2015

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato has condemned the recent incidents of vigilante killings in Philipi.

A body was discovered necklaced on Monday at the Marikana squatter camp and last week a 16-year-old boy died after he was stoned to death and set alight.

In a statement MEC Plato said vigilantism will not be tolerated. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said people in the province should know that vigilantism is a crime and won’t be tolerated by law enforcement agencies.

Botha added that Mr Plato calls on all community member, various non governmental organisations across the province as well as public servants working in our communities regardless of department we as the government make it our duty to alert everyone about this before it escalates to serious crimes.

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WCED says reported incidents of vandalism during holidays down

Jaimie-faith Poonah
29 January 2015

The Western Cape Department of Education said reported incidents of vandalism over the December/January holiday period dropped by 21.95%.

In a statement the department said 26 schools across the province reported incidents of vandalism or burglary with 30 minor incidents and two major incidents being reported.

Ministerial Spokesperson Jessica Shelver said: “We are therefore delighted that the number of incidents went down and the reports of the December/January went down by 21.95% compared to the same period last year with the major incidents cut in half.”

Shelver continues to say: “During the holiday period 448 schools received overnight security or 24 hour security. Unfortunately despite these measures, some of our schools still had incidents of vandalism and burglary during the school holiday.”

Shelver also said: “The department and the schools could better spend these funds that are used to fix the schools by improving the quality of education in our schools. And at the end of the day vandalism represents theft from our learners.”

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Seven children died in Pietermaritzburg crush

Mbasa Gqokoma
29 January 2015-01-29

A tragic accident in Iimbali, Pietermaritzburg left seven children dead and seventeen injured.

This is after the bakkie they were travelling in collided with a fence and a house.

ER24 Spokesperson Pieter Rossouw said the collision killed seven children under the age of 13 and left 17 others injured.

Rossouw said amongst the injuries there were seven people with critical injuries, nine were left with moderate injuries and two were left with minor injuries.

“ER24 paramedics were on scene and transported two patients to Grey hospital for further treatment. All the other patients were transported by other medical services” Rossouw added.

The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.

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Nehawu welcomes resignation of SIU head Vas Soni

Mbasa Gqokoma
29 January 2015

The National Education and Allied Workers Union say it welcomes the resignation of Head of the Special investigations Unit Advocate Vas Soni.

Soni resigned on earlier this week citing his wife’s state of health as the reason.

Nehavwu’s Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said Advocate Soni failed to provide the necessary leadership and transparency in the SIU.

Pamla says “we want to make it clear we don’t regard it as a resignation; we feel it is camouflage surrender from a leader who was out of his depth, who had lost the control of SIU, who had also lost the confidence of the employees at SIU.

“The fact that Advocate Soni encourages the myth that he has turned around SIU is so not true. SIU is in crisis, most of the senior managers have left because of his micro management and some of the employees have been demoted and some people had been recruited without following recruitment policies” Pamla added.

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Presidency and DA debate regarding the Anti-Corruption Task Team

Oscar Thomas
29 January 2015

The Presidency has yet again hit back at comments made by Premier Helen Zille this time regarding the Anti-Corruption Task Team. 

In her latest article on SA today Premier Zille said there is effectively no more Anti-Corruption Task Team since suspended Hawks boss Anwa Dramat. 

Presidential Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the comments by Premier Zille that the unit has been disbanded are not true and baseless. 

Maharaj said the ACTT is fully operational and has been strengthened under the leadership of the anti-corruption inter-ministerial committee led by the ministry in the presidency for planning, monitoring and evaluation Mr Jeff Radebe.

Maharaj said it is disappointing that the Premier had decided to spread misleading information and gossip when she could’ve easily established the facts and imparted accurate information to the public.

“In June 2014 the Anti-corruption IMC confirmed and concretised the role of the anti-corruption task team as the central body mandated to give effect to Government Anti-Corruption agenda as collectively informed by the National Development Plan the medium term strategic frame work, the national security strategy and the countries international obligations Maharaj added.

Meanwhile in response DA leader Helen Zille said the presidency did nothing to refute her claim. 

In a statement Zille says Mac Maharaj must have penned his statement in response to the newsletter straight after his effort to spin the stepping down of the SIU head Advocate Vas Soni. 

Zille’s Spokesperson Ntomboxolo Makoba-Somdaka said while the DA leader appreciates the time taken by spokesperson Mac Maharaj has taken to dispute DA’s newsletter on the demise of the anti-corruption team it would have been very useful if he had actually commented on what Premier Hellen Zille wrote.

“The Presidency calls this statement disappointing and misleading but it does nothing to refute Helen Zille’s claim Makoba-Somdaka added.

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Missing Adult Alert: Sinesethu Neo Gazi


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Man wanted on fourteen warrants of arrest appeared in court

Oscar Thomas
29 January 2015

A man who is facing 14 fraud charges appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate Court where his case was postponed and he was remanded in custody. 

The suspect 39-year-old Ian Heunis from Manenberg faces charges relating to vehicles he had bought at car dealers using fake cheques. 

Captain FC van Wyk said Ian Heunis appeared in court on 26 January 2015.

Van Wyk said the case was postponed to 17 March 2015 and he was remanded in custody while the investigation continued.

“Veteran detective based at the Cape Town Central Police Station arrested Heunis recently at a Manenberg house Van Wyk added.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chaos erupts at City of Cape Town’s full council meeting

Loyiso Langeni
28 January 2015

Chaos has erupted at the City of Cape Town’s full council meeting this is after members of the African National Congress were locked out of the chamber.

Mayor Patricia de Lille said the council is behaving worse than the Economic Freedom Fighters except they are not saying “pay back the money”. 

De Lille’s Spokesperson Pierrinne Leukes said the speaker asked them to leave because they were late after caucusing and having continue to disrupts the proceedings.

"This is not Parliament so we have not called any riot police to get anybody to chuck out of the chambers. We are trying to go forward with the rest of the proceedings as the rules by the speaker."  Leukes added.

 
Meanwhile the ANC’s Xolani Sotashe says there is no truth to the City’s statement that they caused chaos at the council meeting. 

Sotashe said there was no such that we disrupted the meeting, the speaker violated the rules of order.
Sotashe added that all they are demanding is fair application of order and answers regarding the demolition of houses at Plumstead to make way for the MyCiti project.

He added that the DA is running away from this debate knowingly very well that they are being exposed on the issue of housing in Plumstead.
We are also going to challenge them on the dismissal of a senior black professional, here in the admiration and the issue of racism.

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IFP calls for an address on incidents linked to xenophobia

Jaimie-faith Poonah
28 January 2015

The Inkatha Freedom Party is calling for a community dialogue to address recurring violent incidents in an around South Africa linked to xenophobia. 

This as last week looting and violent unrest broke out in Soweto and surrounding areas after a foreign national shot dead a 14-year-old boy. 

About 180 people have been arrested in connection with looting and violence. 

IFP National Chairperson Blessed Gwala explains: “The dialogue actually will increase awareness about issues affecting foreign nationals and encourage the spirit of unity and peace co-exist between South Africans and foreign nationals. That’s why the IFP demands that there must be an equal teamwork because we beating discrimination and racism of whatever sort.”

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DA not happy with resignation of Advocate, Vas Soni

Jaimie-faith Poonah
28 January 2015

The Democratic Alliance has described the resignation of Special Investigating Unit boss Advocate Vas Soni as another blow to fight against corruption. 

Soni resigned on Monday due to his wife falling ill. 

DA MP of Justice Glynnis Breytenbach said the country’s criminal justice system is in rapid decay and President Jacob Zuma must do all in his power to fix this. 

Breytenbach said: “It’s a pity because the organization has been reasonably directionless for years and it’s been there long enough to put any kind of stamp on it and now again the organization will be directionless and its just a symptomatic of the assault on the criminal justice cluster.”

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Department of Home Affairs ready for load shedding

Raymond Pani
28 January 2015


During a media-briefing today the departments Director General Mkuseli Apleni said the offices have the capacity to render services even when there is a blackout.

Furthermore the department has already started the current process of modernizing its system to improve efficiencies and turnaround times, for producing and issuing documents.

Apleni said in the design of the system we have the offline mode so that our offices can work even if there are power outages as a temporal measure. Load shedding may impact on the trial service but we have made provision for such eventualities. We have made sure that systems work even if there are power outrages in the country.

Meanwhile in terms of corruption the department says fighting corruption within is a key priority.

The departments Director General Mkuseli Apleni said government services are free of charge and people should report issue of corruption at the department. 

“Corruption has two people involved, a corrupter and corruptee hence we always raise the issue that if you go to our offices we have pluck cards saying people must not succumb to taking bribes. We are trying to encourage people to stay away from taking bribes” Apleni added.

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Six year old boy dies when a motor vehicle collided with him

Mbasa Gqokoma
28 January 2015

An accident late yesterday close to the Beyers Naude Drive and Peter road intersection left a six-year-old child dead.

This is after the child was trying to cross the road when a motor vehicle collided with him.

ER24 Spokesperson Chitra Bodasing says paramedics arrived on scene and found the child in a critical condition.

Bodasing said paramedics immediately provided advanced life support, however his condition got worse and he was declared dead after attempts to resuscitate him failed.

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Six suspects arrested for stealing diamonds

Mbasa Gqokoma
28 January 2015

Northern Cape police arrested six suspects aged between 27 and 50-years for allegedly stealing three diamonds at a mine in Prieska.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the suspects entered the mine after they approached the driver of a mining dump truck who was on his routine trips to offload and pointed a gun on him.

Mulaudzi said the suspects allegedly involved in the diamond heist mine were a group of plus minus 20 to 25 people who went inside the mine and managed to steal about three diamonds with the value of which has not yet been determined.

“The members from the mine managed to arrest one person. Subsequent investigations by the Hawks lead to the arrest of the other five which made the number of arrests to total six suspects” Mulaudzi added.

Police are still searching for the diamonds and the suspects are expected to appear in court soon. 

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4-year-old left at Plumstead cemetery reunited with family

Lusanda Bill
28 January 2015

The 4-year-old boy who was found wandering in the Plumstead cemetery on Saturday is back with his family. 

The Department of Social Development intervened after the family only reported the child missing late Sunday.

The boy was found by a passer-by who immediately took the child to Diep River police station.

Ministerial Spokesperson Sihle Ngobese said social workers were called to the police station where they stayed with the toddler in the hopes that his family would show up. However a decision was eventually taken to temporarily place the child in a safe home in the evening whilst efforts to trace his family were on-going.  

Ngobese said the following day police alerted social workers of a call made by the family regarding their missing grandchild and social workers immediately went to the family to interview the grandparents and assess the situation.

“The one grandmother admitted she lost sight of the child during a burial service held at the cemetery but assumed the child was in the care of other relatives” Ngobese added.

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Cosatu accuses City of Town of witch hunt

Loyiso Langeni
28 January 2015

The Congress of South African Trade Union in the Western Cape has accused the City of Cape Town of a witch hunt against black professions. 

Cosatu’s Tony Ehrenreich said the recent resignation of the Executive Director in Corporate Services Tshidi Mayimele-Hashatse raises many questions regarding the conduct of the city.

Ehrenreich said this clearly is an attempt by the city which has historically been controlled by whites to continue those with those practises.

As Cosatu we can opposed that and ensure that we bring proper employment equity and end white rule of the City of Cape Town

Meanwhile in response Mayor Patricia de Lille said the comment by Tony Ehrenreich of a witch hunt against black professions shows his lack of understanding of how government works.    

Mayor de Lille added that it’s a classical example, you cannot wear two caps both as ANC and Cosatu and he is failing hopeless to leave any of the two.

She also said if he is got any proof whatsoever of so called witch-hunt he must bring it up front.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A truck accident leaves one person dead and another injured in Molweni

Loyiso Langeni
27 January 2015

An accident earlier today on Bhalito Road in Molweni left a truck driver dead and one person sustaining moderate injuries. 

ER24 Spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said when they arrived on scene they found the wrecked truck on the side of the road.

Bodasing added that the truck driver had sustained multiple injuries. It is believed the truck rolled over him when he was ejected. Unfortunately there was nothing paramedics could do for him and he was declared dead on scene. The passenger sustained moderate injuries.

The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation. 

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No arrests made following recent vigilante attack in Phillipi

Loyiso Langeni
27 January 2015

Western Cape police have not yet made any arrests following the discovery of a body that was necklaced in Phillipi Marikana squatter camp. 
This follows an incident last week in Mfuleni whereby a 16-year-old boy was found stoned and set alight in Shukushukuma squatter camp.

Police Spokesperson Thembinkosi Kinana said they received reports about an unidentified man that was set alight by members of the community, following allegations of a stolen cellphone.

Kinana said no arrests have been made in this case however a murder case has been opened and police are investigating.

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Another property scam reported in Cape Town

Mbasa Gqokoma
27 January 2015

KwaZulu Natal police are seeking the public’s assistance in fraud case involving a company called Queen Estate Properties.

Colonel Jay Nicker said a man was scammed by the company after he saw an advert for accommodation in Cape Town during October 2014.

Naicker said payment was made by the victim to the company via the internet to secure his accommodation. It seems like he made arrangements for going down to Cape Town during the December holidays and when he finally arrived at the place where he had booked the accommodation, they realised that the premises was locked and undergoing renovation.

“They also realised the premises did not belong to the company they booked with, but someone else. Unfortunately he realised he was scammed and had to make alternative arrangements for accommodation” Naicker added.

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Three people found murdered at a Golf Estate in Stellenbosch

Mbasa Gqokoma
27 January 2015

Three people were found murdered and two were left with sever injuries at a house at the De Zalze Golf Estate in Stellenbosch this morning.

It is believed that the four people are all related.

Western Cape Emergency Medical Services Spokesperson Robert Daniels says a female was immediately rushed to hospital with severe head injuries.

Daniels said the bodies of two adult males and a female was removed from the scene by forensic pathology services and an adult male in his early twenties who suffered minor injuries was taken into police custody for questioning.

The circumstances surrounding the murder are being investigated by police. 

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Attack on SACP members condemned by Cosatu in Mpumalanga

Jaimie-faith Poonah
27 January 2015

The Congress of South African Trade Union in Mpumalanga has condemned the attack on South African Communist Party members during the Joe Slovo and Jimmy Mohlala memorial lecture over the weekend.

African National Congress and SACP members traded blows when ANC members tried to stop SACP members from entering the hall where the memorial lecture was taking place. 

Several people were left injured during the incident. 

Cosatu Mpumalanga Provincial Secretary Fidel Mlombo said we believe as Cosatu that there are people who are behind this and those who have done this thing are just being sent to do this things

Mlombo added that they are in a process as COSATU of investigating the real culprits, the real people who have sent the people to disrupt the SACP memorial lecture.

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Vas Soni has resigned as the Special investigating unit Boss

Raymond Pani
27 January 2015

On Monday the Presidency in a statement said President Jacob Zuma has received the resignation of Special investigating Unit head Vas Soni. 

President Zuma appointed Soni back in September 2013. 

On Monday Soni said he was resigning due to his wife being unwell for the past five months. 

Presidential Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said it is with regret that we accept the resignation letter of Advocate Vas Soni, given the work he has done in the short time his been head of SIU.

Advocate Soni has turned the SIU into a effective instrumental to fight crime and corruption giving his impressive turn around time with investigations.

"We wish him and his wife well in this time of difficulty, and we wish him well in his future endeavors from the presidency, he added.

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Transport and Public Works to Spend More Than R35 Million on R399 Rehabilitation

Oscar Thomas
27 January 2015

The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works together with the Bergrivier Municipality has started the rehabilitation of the R399 between Piketberg and Velddrif.

The project was started early this month and is expected to be completed in May 2017. 

The original road was constructed in the 1950’s and has received various maintenance interventions.

The Departments Al-Ameen Kafaar said the project value is more than R35 Million and it is going to stretch from the main road Piketberg to Velddrift.

Kafaar said in essence what is going to be done is that the road is going to be widened and the surfaces of the existing gravel shoulder will also be tied.

“Then there is also going to be some projects to address the problems caused by moles because moles dig holes under the roads which cause pot holes as well as resurfacing of the road Kafaar added.

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