Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A woman died in front of her two daughters

Mbasa Gqokoma

21 April 2015

Police are currently investigating a murder case after a women was gunned down in front of her daughters school in Bramfischerville, Soweto.

Gauteng police’s Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said the woman was shot dead after suspects tried to take her car.

Makhubela says “a 33-years-old woman was picking up her children from school when she was approached by two men who allegedly took her car and shot at her.

She was certified dead on the scene and the car was recovered later in extension 3 Dobsonville, Makhubela added.

No arrests have been made as yet and a case of murder and armed robbery are being investigated.

 

 

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Consumer Goods Council calls for an immediate end to xenophobic attacks

Mbasa Gqokoma
21 April 2015

The Consumer Goods Council has called for an immediate end to the attacks and violence on foreign-nationals and a united front on the part of all those who uphold democratic values, social justice and the rule of law.

The Good Council said hurting innocent people will not improve the quality of life of any South African.

Seven people have died in xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng.

Consumer Goods Council’s Gwarega Mangozhe said they are calling for the halt of these particular tax because certainly South Africa has always managed to resolve issues via dialogue.

Mangozhe said if there are challenges they are concerned, there are platforms available that people can air their grievances and then we find an amicable way in which these challenges can be resolved.

“And then of course we are naturally concerned that the longer these issues progress, we might start to see some repercussions on a member operations on the African continent” Mangozhe added.

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Operation in Nyanga results in 24 taxis’ being impounded

Loyiso Langeni
21 April 2015

City of Cape Town Traffic Authorities impounded twenty-four vehicles in Nyanga for having invalid operating licenses. The traffic service conducted an enforcement operation in Nyanga on Monday.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said the volume of fines and warrants indicate that there is a serious issue with compliance in Nyanga.

Meanwhile the City’s Metro Police arrested 113 suspects during weekend operations of which 96 of them were charged with drunken driving.

Smith added that they also encountered 2 stolen vehicles and 8 people were arrested in terms of outstanding traffic fines. All in all the department has 99 warrants worth over R100 000.

He said there were 470 fines for various offences including 84 for unlicensed drivers 80 for failing to carry a driver’s licence and 40 for unlicensed vehicle and 26 for overloading. 

“I think a very disturbing incident is one of the drivers was drunk in the morning that means that the very first thing in the morning is to drive a taxi with occupants in it, doing so under the influence of alcohol is concerning.” Smith said.

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Missing Adult Alert Found: Ashley Wilschut


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Golden Arrow bus suspends services in Nyanga

Lusanda Bill
21 April 2015

Golden Arrow has suspended its services in Nyanga this is after three buses were set alight this morning.

In a statement Golden Arrow bus services said they have received reports of a number of stoning incidents and reports of minor injuries to passengers therefore the services have to be suspended.

The cause for the unrest in Nyanga is unknown but there is heavy police guard in the area and on the N2.

Golden Arrow Bus service Spokesperson Bronwen Dyke said the safety of our drivers and passengers remain our priority that is why we have suspended services in the area. We ask our passengers to please make their way to Borcherd’s Quarry where there is a police presences.

"We would also like to apologies for any inconvenience and assure our passengers that we are doing everything in our power to ensure that they are safe and able to get to where they need to be” Dyke added.

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DENOSA: xenophobic attacks have negative impact on health facilities in the country

Mbasa Gqokoma
21 April 2015

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa said the recent xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng is having a negative impact on health facilities in the country.

In a statement Denosa has emphasised that the longer these attacks go on the negative impact on the health in Gauteng include longer queues, severe shortage of medication and equipment, prolonged waiting hours and shortage of health workers and loss of lives.

Denosa President Simon Hlungwani says “we as the country cannot and we are obligated to provide these health care to everyone who seeks emergency care and it will deplete the scarce resources that we have.

Hlungwani said we are asking everyone to just appeal with them that they must try not to exacerbate the current situation.

"We are appealing as well to community leaders, political leaders, traditional leaders and everyone to try and calm the situation, provide leadership to ensure that we do not see any further bloodshed due to these attacks of xenophobia”, Hlungwani added.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

24 roadblocks conducted over the weekend


Mbasa Gqokoma
20 April 2015
Western Cape Traffic Authorities conducted twenty-four roadblocks across the province this past weekend whereby one-thousand-seven-hundred and eighty-six vehicles were stopped and checked.
One-thousand and eighty-three drivers were tested for alcohol which resulted in fifteen drunken drivers being arrested.
Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says the highest reading was reading of 1.16mg per 1000ml and that was in the Somerset West Region.
The total amount of fines issues was R222 000 rand and we also tested the speed of 2091 vehicles of which we prosecuted 206 drivers for exceeding the different speed limits.
 The highest speed recorded in the Western Cape Province since Friday was 162 on the 120km zone on the N1 between Paarl and Brackenfell. A 140 in the 100km zone on the N2 near Swellendam and a 123 in a 80km zone in Somerset West.
Meanwhile also during the roadblocks two drivers were arrested in Somerset West and on the N2 near Caledon for reckless and negligent driving. Two fatalities were reported in the province roads over the weekend. 
Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says one pedestrian died in a motor vehicle accident in Phillipi East and then also in the R44 near Somerset West one passenger did in a motor vehicle accident which brings the total fatalities to stand on 2 for the weekend, Africa added.
 

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Missing Child Alert: Jessica Palagangwe


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DA to submit a PAIA application on awarding of Gupta family coal tender

Mbasa Gqokoma

20 April 2015

The Democratic Alliance will submit a Promotion of Access to Information Act application.

This follows media reports alleging that the latest Eskom coal contract was signed with the Gupta family.

The DA says it appears that, political interference may have been involved, with some resistance from Eskom management and senior executives, in the awarding of coal supply tenders to the Gupta family and their associates.

DA MP of Public Enterprise Natasha Mazzone says the Democratic Alliance will be launching a protection to access information application following reports that the Gupta family are involved in various coal deals which haven’t been executed and awarded allegedly correctly.

“This is obvious a very serious allegation and something which we must take up very seriously and therefore the DA will be asking for the entire coal contract to be given to us so that we can scrutinise them and see exactly how the procedure was done and what exactly it entailed”, Mazzone added.

 

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WCED concerned about vandalism at schools

Jaimie-faith Poonah
20 April 2015

The Western Cape Department of Education says despite measures put in place over the Easter holidays in schools to prevent vandalism and burglary, the department had sixteen incidents lodged of vandalism and burglary.

Ministerial Spokesperson Jessica Shelver says the department was horrified to hear that the hardest hit school was in the metro south district which reported three incidents.

Shelver added that this just goes to show that even having security guards does not act as deterrence to vandals.

Shelver said during the April 2015 holiday period, 412 schools in the Western Cape received additional security, from 24 hours security and 356 schools who received 12 hours security.

“Despite these security measures schools reported a total of 16 incidents of burglary and vandalism. Burglary and vandalism comes not only as a cost to the Education Department but to that of our learners too. The cost of these damages is still being determined.” Shelver said. 

 

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An accident left five women dead and fifty others injured

Mbasa Gqokoma
20 April 2015

A tragic accident this morning near Carletonville left five women dead and at least fifty others injured.

This is after a bus and a light motor vehicle collided head-on.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said ER24 paramedics along with other services arrived on the scene and found the bus and a light motor vehicle lying on the side of the road.

Meiring said the light motor vehicle had been completely ripped off by the collision. On inspection paramedics discovered the lifeless bodies of 5 woman lying inside the light motor vehicle.

“Unfortunately all 5 patients had sustained fatal injuries. At least 50 other patients were found on the scene with minor injuries. Most of the patients were children on their way to school.

Paramedics set up a staging area on scene and started treating the patients for the injuries. Once treated the patients were transported to nearby hospitals”, Meiring added.

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

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COPE says President Zuma a bad example to citizens

Jaimie-faith Poonah 20 April 2015

The Congress of the People says that under President Zuma, because of his own unwarranted legal position and constant fending off criminal charges, consequences of illegal action have evaporated.

Party leader Mosiuoa Lekota says for once the criminal justice system should show that the wheels of justice are capable of turning.

Lekota added that President Zuma clearly, is tired and has no passion for rule of law and constitutionality.

He added that under Zuma’s leadership, law and order broke down.

Lekota said it is a view of the Congress of the People that because leaders of our government break the law as they please, citizens are increasingly taking the approach that it is open season for anybody to break the law as they choose, following the examples of leadership, government.

Lekota said government, starting with our president break the law and nothing is done, no action, no condemnation and now the citizens have been lead to believe that they can do as they please.

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DA calls for an inquiry on Proteas match selection allegations

Mbasa Gqokoma
20 April 2015

The Democratic Alliance has written to the chairperson of the portfolio committee for Sports and Recreation requesting that the committee chair institute a Parliamentary inquiry into allegations of political interference in the Proteas team selection for their Cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.

DA shadow Minister of Sports and Recreation Solly Malatsi says “I have this morning written to the chairperson of parliamentary committee on Sports and Recreation Beauty Dlulane.

"I have then requesting that she institutes a parliamentary inquiry into allegations of political interference in the Proteas match selection in their match in the Cricket World Cup," Malatsi added.

 He concluded by saying that a parliamentary inquiry is the best intervention to clear the dark cloud hanging over this matter which has serious implications for the true independence of national sports team,

 

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

A woman died and two boys sustained critical injuries


 Mbasa Gqokoma
19 April 2015
 
An accident in the N8 in Petrusburg about a kilometer outside Bloemfontein left a woman dead and two boys critically injured.
 
The boys believed to be 12 and 14 were assessed and found to have sustained critical injuries.
 
The exact cause of the accident is unkown, authorities were on scene to investigate. ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing says 1 woman died, 2 boys sustained critical injuries and another woman sustained minor injuries when the vehicle lost control and rolled into a veld.
 
ER24 paramedics and other services arrived on scene and found that all occupants of the vehicle were ejected.
 
A woman believed to be in her 30’s was assessed. Unfortunately there was nothing paramedics could do for her, she was declared dead, Bodasing added.
 

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A truck collided with a Bakkie on the M61 outside Bloemfontein


Mbasa Gqokoma
19 April 2015
 
A truck and a bakkie collided on the M61 and left one man critically injurered.
 
ER24 paramedics on arrival found the damaged bakkie in a ditch on the side of the road.
 
Patients were assessed and treated. ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing says one person sustained critical injuries another minor injuries in Meyerton.
 
The bakkie lost control and drove into a ditch. The two men were found by paramedics lying on the road. They were transported to hospital for further treatment.
 
The truck driver was uninjured. Meanwhile, on the N8 outside Bloemfontein, a man believed to be in his 30’s sustained critical injuries when a car he was driving t-boned a truck.
 
It is understood that bystanders took the man out of the car. On arrival, Paramedics assessed and treated the man.
 
ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing says about 40 kilometers outside Bloemfontein, ER24 paramedics arrived on scene found the vehicle under the trailer of the truck.
The man was later transported to hospital for further medical care. The truck driver was uninjured, Bodasing added.

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Patricia de Lille emerges as WC DA leader

Mbasa Gqokoma

19 April 2015


The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape has endorsed its provincial leader on Saturday.

City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille emerged with an impressive sixty-nine percent worth of votes in the congress.

About 1100 delegates attended the congress. Western Cape Communications Manager Liza Albrecht says the DA in the Western Cape had its provincial congress in Goodwood.



More than a 1000 of delegates voted for a new leadership for the province.

Patricia de Lille who is also currently the mayor of City of Cape Town was elected the new provincial leader of the DA in the Western Cape and MEC for Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela was elected the new deputy leader of the DA in the Western Cape, Albrecht added

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

DA seeks access to the IPID report regarding Phiyega

Mbasa Gqokoma
18 April 2015

 

The Democratic Alliance has filed an application under the Promotion of Access to Information Act to have access to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate report into the conduct of the National Police Commisioner Riah Phiyega.

 

This comes after reports on Friday that Western Cape National Prosecuting Authority will be pursing the prosecution of the Province’s Commissioner Arno Lamoer.

 

DA MP of Police Dianne Kohler Barnard says as quit as we are we know that we probed another person Riah Phiyega who is implicated on destructing the cause of justice.

 

While we welcome the NPA’s decision to prosecute Lamoer, it’s critically important that all those responsible for notorious dealings will be subjected to court proceedings, Barnard added.

 

 

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A taxi accident left two people dead and six injured

Mbasa Gqokoma
18 April 2015

 

A taxi accident on the M1 direction North just after Collett Drive off ramp left two people dead.
It is believed that the taxi they were travelling on overturned. Six other patients were injured, and two of the injured were treated for moderate injuries and four were treated for minor injuries.

The exact cause of the accident is unknown, however authorities were on scene for further investigations. ER24 Spokesperson Chitra Bodasing says two people died and six others were injured when the taxi they were travelling in overturned on the M1, direction North, just after the Collett Drive off ramp early this morning.


Bodasing says when ER24 paramedics and other services arrived on scene they found patients lying all over.


Patients were assessed and unfortunately there was nothing paramedics could do for two men, one of whom was ejected from the taxi. They were declared dead, Bodasing added.

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MEC Grant raises concern over Westlake taxi violence

Mbasa Gqokoma
18 April 2015



Western Cape MEC of Transport and Public Works has raised his concerns regarding the violent conflict in Westlake.


This came about after illegal taxi operators infiltrated routes in the Westlake area. Police had to intervene and sixteen illegally operating taxi’s were impounded and seven taxi drivers were arrested.


In a statement the department says it will not be deterred from enforcing the law and continuing to impound vehicles operating illegally.


Ministerial Spokesperson Siphesihle Dube says our department immediately could inform some illegal operators as to what’s happening and we have been working very closely with those operators through our joint operations.


Dube added that “since our joint operations centre established with our provincial traffic, metro police and the city of Cape Town to apprehend some of these operators that were operating illegally.

On Thursday morning we then received news of shooting in the Westlake area where two taxi operators were seriously wounded”.

Minister Grant extended his wishes that they recover speedily following the shooting and called for all people who have information relating to the shooting to assist us in the investigation to bring these perpetrators into book, Dube added.

 

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Plato: Justice must prevail against Commissioner Arno Lamoer

Loyiso Langeni
18 April 2015
 
Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato has called for justice to prevail in the matter concerning Provincial Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer.

Lamoer and five top cops appeared in the Goodwood Magistrate Court on Friday on charges including corruption and money laundering.
 
MEC Plato says he is concerned that this case has dragged on since 2013 and the allegations against the six has had a serious destabilising effect on policing in the province.
 
Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said the safety of the people of the Western Cape must remain a top priority for the South African Police Service.
 
 Botha added that as Department of Community Safety’s MEC Plato’s has already instructed the Court Watching Briefs unit to keep a close eye and monitor the case.
 
“We cannot allow any wrong move in the procedures towards justice where there would be exoneration or conviction with regards to the charges.’ Botha said.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Minister Mashabane says attacks on foreign-nationals are a threat to our historical achievements

Loyiso Langeni
17 April 2015

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane earlier today briefed African Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Pretoria on the latest xenophobic attacks in the country.
 
Minister Mashabane said the recent attacks on foreign-nationals are a threat to our historical achievements as a nation, more over the attacks go against the democratic values enshrined in the South African Constitution.
 
Minister Mashabane said the South African government use their tax on foreign nationals as a criminal offence that will not be tolerated.
 
Mashabane added that South Africa is a constitutional democracy governed by laws everyone working and living in the country must obey its laws in their totality, no one has the right to take the law into their own hands.
 
“The South African government will also do everything within its power to ensure the safety of all citizens and foreign nationals irrespective of their status.” Mashabane said.
 
Meanwhile Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps Ambassador Bene Mpoko said we should not allow the xenophobic attacks to continue otherwise the African unity will suffer.
 
Mpoko said as the African continent we can overcome this and it will make us stronger.
 
“Let the spirit of Ubuntu be the slogan but something that would conduct and guide us to bring us together.  Mpoko said.

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US Embassy joins SA government in condemning xenophobic attacks

Loyiso Langeni
17 April 2015
 
The United States Embassy in South Africa has condemned the attack against foreign-nationals in the country.

In a statement the embassy has urged individuals involved to refrain from all forms of violence, exercise restraint and rely on peaceful dialog to resolve any differences.

Five people have been killed in recent xenophobic attacks which started in Durban and has now spread to Gauteng’s East Rand.
 
The Embassy’s Joy Peters said the US Embassy joined the South African government and other society leaders in condemning the violence against foreigners taking place in Kwa Zulu Natal.
 
“We remain concerned about the loss of innocent lives, destruction of property and impact on families and communities.” Peters added.

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Strike action at the Water Technical Operations Centre in Bellville

Loyiso Langeni

17 April 2015

 

A wildcat strike at the Water Technical Operations Centre in Bellville which the City of Cape says is illegal is causing major disruptions at the call centre.

 
The strike has to do the City wanting to merge the Corporate Call Centre and the Water TOC Call Centre, which has resulted in the staff resisting the merge stating that they were not properly consulted on the matter.

 

Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services Xanthea Limberg said the real objective behind this streamline merge is to streamline resident’s communications with the city into one single access point.

 
Limberg added that the City has engaged with the employees about the merge for some months now, and we are continuing with that engagement but the workers have demonstrated resistance to the merge, but we will continue to consult them.

 

“In the interim the City wishes to urge resident to be patient when trying to contact the water Technical Operation Centre as there may be delays in terms of the response time, but we assure residents that the matter will be dealt with.” Limberg said.     

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SACTWU condemns attack on foreign-nationals

Lusanda Bill
17 April 2015

The National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry says the attack on foreign nationals is a crime against humanity and a brutal attack on fundamental human rights.

Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union Fachmy Abrahams says these attacks are a violation of a human right so everyone needs to stand up and condemn what is happening.

At least five people have been killed in the violence, which started in Durban two weeks ago.

Meanwhile President Jacob Zuma on Thursday said no amount of frustration and anger can justify the attack on foreign-nationals and looting of their shops.

He called for calm and for the attacks to come to an end.

 

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Another Youth Café launched in George

Jaimie-faith Poonah 17 April 2015

Western Cape MEC of Social Development Albert Fritz on Thursday launched the third Youth Café in George.

The Café will offer entrepreneurial, leadership and skills training course.

MEC Fritz said the space will play a pivotal role in providing a socially inclusive and enabling environment for the youth in the area.

The two other Cafés are in Mitchell’s Plain and Athlone.

MEC Fritz said we are also very excited that it will create a lot of opportunities in training and in entrepreneurship but also in jobs for young people that will be taking part in the Youth Café Programme.

MEC Fritz said we are going to support the George community to continue to roll out the opportunities for young people so that they can have future in, not only the province but in South Africa.
 

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Missing Child Alert: Aphelele Dinga


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Gauteng police offer R50 000 for missing boy Kagiso Mokwena

Loyiso Langeni 
17 April 2015



Gauteng police has offered a reward of R50 000 to report on the whereabouts of a missing six-year-old boy Kagiso Mokwena.

The boy went missing in January last year after he was last seen playing in the park at Nhlapo in Katlehong with a woman called Kagiso.

Captain Kabelo Marumo said they are appealing to members of the community to come forward with any information that may lead to the whereabouts of the missing child or any suspect who is involved in the missing child case.
Anyone with information is requested to call investigating Officer, Constable Abram Mathibela on 083 964 9866 or 076 356 4058 or Crime Stop Line on 08600 10111.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Howick accident left two children dead and multiple injured

Loyiso Langeni

16 April 2015


An accident this afternoon on the R617 in Howick, KwaZulu Natal left two children dead and 13 others injured.


This is after the vehicle transporting them from school lost control and rolled down an embankment.

 

ER24 Spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said When ER24 paramedics and other services arrived on scene they found children, several of them who were ejected from the vehicle and believed to be between the ages of four and seven, lying all over the scene.

 
Bpdasing added that they assessed the children. Unfortunately there was nothing paramedics could do for two of the children. They were declared dead.

 

"Three children sustained critical injuries. Others sustained injuries ranging from minor to serious. The driver of the vehicle sustained minor injuries. They were all treated and transported to various hospitals." Bodasing said.

 

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

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Western Cape government Western Cape aims to increase tourism sector

Loyiso Langeni
16 April 2015

 

The Western Cape government is aiming to increase the province’s tourism sector by 65%. This came out of a workshop held earlier this week between the provincial government and the private sector.

 
MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde said there are certain proposals that government is working on to grow the economy and create jobs.

 

Ministerial Spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste said Minister Winde is saying that at this stage these are proposals which would look to increase the amount of formal jobs in the industry and they are a range of options that are been looked at right now.

 
“This includes a focus on higher end travellers as well as a strong focus on new media and how we can use that to grow the tourism sector in the Western Cape.” Jooste added.

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