Sunday, January 31, 2010

Crime prevention operations in the province prove successful

By Ofentse Mokae
31 January 2010

Crime prevention initiatives by Western Cape police continued to intensify its grip on crime through to ensure the safety and security of communities.

Police arrested 22 of the most wanted suspects in the Western Cape for various serious crimes.

These include three armed robberies, one Cash-in-transit heists, six House robberies, nine Business robberies and three Car hijackings.

“We also executed successful crime prevention operations in several Policing Clusters in the Western Cape which started Friday afternoon until early this Saturday morning,” said spokesperson Inspector November Filander.

Filander say uccesses were made in the following Clusters; Beaufort West, Bellville, Caledon, Ceres, Da Gamaskop, George, Khayelitsha, Hermanus, Kuilsriver, Mitchells Plain, Muizenberg, Nyanga, Claremont, Oudtshoorn, Cape Town, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Vredenburg, Vredendal, Wynberg, Worcester, Milnerton, Kraaifontein and Delft.

DA raises concerns on irregularities within RTMC report

By Ofentse Mokae
31 January 2010

The official opposition party the Democratic Alliance has revealed that it received a confidential Road Traffic Management Corporation audit report unpacking serious irregularities.

The confidential financial audit was completed in September last year by accounting firm Deloitte and Touche and the party says it is calling for a full investigation.

The DA said the report reveals a lengthy list of a problematic state of affairs at the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

Amongst them is the approval of salary increases apparently without limits, a lack of controlling the organisation’s budget and serious mismanagement of the traffic violation database on the eNaTIS system.

The opposition party said allegations of poor management against the corporation’s CEO Ranthoko Rakgoale surfaced last year, but said no action was taken despite calls for a full investigation.

The DA said the report is more proof of irregularities at the corporation and is calling for Rakgoale to be suspended pending a full enquiry.

”In light of this report, supported by other information revealed by whistleblowers and obtained from the annual report, the DA will be writing to the Public Protector to ask for an investigation into the board,” DA’s Stuart Farrow.

Farrow says the report serves as yet more proof that the CEO of the RTMC must be investigated.

“This is an overwhelming indication that the ANC continues to be a closed, crony society intent on protecting its members from prosecution for self-enriching themselves with public funds,” concluded Farrow.

President’s sex life under fire

By Ofentse Mokae
31 January 2010

Following media reports about the alleged fathering of a three month old baby by President Jacob Zuma, the opposition came strongly against his behavior describing it as an undermine to the struggle against HIV/AIDS.

The Democratic Alliance says Zuma’s behaviour directly contradicts government’s campaign against multiple sexual partners, and the inherent AIDS risk in having unprotected sex.

A Sunday publication reported that Zuma fathered a child with the daughter of powerful soccer administrator and long-time friend, Irvin Khoza making him(Zuma) a proud dad of twenty children.

It is alleged that Sonono Khoza, a 39-year-old divorcée gave birth to Thandekile Matina Zuma in October last year, just three months before the president took the wedding vow for the fifth time.

DA leader Helen Zille says the OneLove Campaign promoting safe sex, the use of condoms, and attitudes that diminish the chance of having unprotected sex with multiple partners is the clear and unequivocal message that the government is trying to convey to the South African electorate.

“It sits in stark contrast to the behaviour, and it would appear attitude, of the South African president,” Zille says.

Zille says some may argue that Zuma’s sex life is a matter of private morality or “culture”, but this is not so as his personal behaviour has profound public consequences.

She says Zuma himself acknowledged as much by apologising to the nation for having unprotected sex, following his rape trial, and by undertaking to change his ways.

He said at the time: “I wish to state categorically and place on record that I erred in having unprotected sex. I should have known better and I should have acted with greater caution and responsibility.”

Zuma is engaged to 45-year-old Gloria Bongekile Ngema, with whom he has one child, and has an adult son with Minah Shongwe.

President Jacob Zuma’s spokesperson Vincent Magwenya won’t comment on the reports.

Heavy rain appears to be over

By Ofentse Mokae
31 January 2010

The Weather Service is not expecting more heavy rain to fall this week.

But there are still concerns over flooding in low lying areas after rains caused death and damage countrywide last week.

Forecasters warn that poor drainage and poorly maintained infrastructure could lead to flooding as saturated ground would result in rain water having nowhere to go.

ACDP hails project to cease abortion

By Ofentse Mokae
31 January 2010

With Sanctity Life Sunday being celebrated today, the African Christian Democratic Party is highlighting a project which has allowed women in the United States to choose not to terminate their pregnancies after seeing live scans of their babies in the womb.

The ACDP’s Cheryllyn Dudley says through the Ultrasound Option Project, mothers and fathers have chosen to face perceived hardships, yet continue with the pregnancy.

“Answers to surveys show that 60% of women are coerced, 70% of women who have had to abort their babies say they feel abortion is immoral and 80% of them said they would have chosen life if supported by family, friends or others, which adds up to a lot of sadness and guilt,” said Dudley .

The ACDP is soon to present legislation to amend the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

“This is to ensure pregnancy termination takes place at facilities with counselling providing full opportunity for discussion and questions having observed live ultrasound pictures of the foetus to enable truly informed consent,” added Dudley.

The party says it recognises the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death.

Distress mounts about child trafficking in Haiti

By Ofentse Mokae
31 January 2010

Police in Haiti have arrested 10 United States citizens caught trying to take 33 children out of the earthquake-stricken country in a suspected illicit adoption scheme.

Authorities in the country fear traffickers could try to exploit the chaos and turmoil following the earthquake to engage in illegal adoptions.

The suspects say they are from an Idaho-based charity and were not doing anything wrong.

Meanwhile United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other foreign leaders have sent an open letter to Nigeria over the long absence of its president.

The letter describes Nigeria as being in a "period of uncertainty."

President Umaru Yar'Adua left the nation in late November to head to a Saudi Arabian hospital for treatment of what his doctor says is a heart condition.

Murdered student hails from the Free State

By Ofentse Mokae
31 January 2010

The male student gunned down on Friday afternoon during an armed robbery in Woodstock, has only been identified as a resident from a small township called Mokodumela, nearby Lesotho in Free State.

The student from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (formerly Cape Technikon) was shot and killed during an armed robbery at the corners of High and Searl Street in Woodstock Friday.

Police say the suspect who is still at large confronted three boys, aged between 14 and 16 at gunpoint at Melbourn Street where he robbed them from their cellphones.

Shortly afterwards he approached the deceased, tried to rob him his cellphone but fatally shot him through his neck and head.

The deceased died on the scene with his cellphone still in his hand.

Attempts yesterday to reach CPUT for comment proved unsuccessful.

Investigations continue.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Police recognised for hard work

By Khanyisa Tabata
30 January 2010

National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele told thousands of policemen who gathered in Bloemfontein yesterday that it was their day and that they should eat, dance and walk together.

The members of the force gathered for a police day of celebration.

Cele was loudly cheered when he addressed the crowd at Vodacom Park.

Cele said South Africans slept peacefully in their homes because of the police and he cannot understand why he cannot say thank you to them.

Opposition parties have slammed the expense involved in the celebration and also the fact that some 50-thousand policemen have been taken off the streets.

Arbitration for suspended Methodist bishop

By Ofentse Mokae
30 January 2010

Suspended Johannesburg Central Methodist Church Bishop Paul Verryn will enter into arbitration over a dispute with the church.

His lawyer Jason Brickhill says Monday’s disciplinary hearing has been postponed indefinitely, pending the arbitration.

The cleric was suspended after he was charged with transgressing the church’s constitution.

Various trade unions and the Legal Resources Centre have slammed the charges against him as without substance.

Cwele called to quit his position

By Ofentse Mokae
30 January 2010

Congress of the People has called on State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele quit his position.

This follows as COPE puts it, shocking revelations that Cwele’s wife was arrested on yesterday on drug related charges.

COPE’s Phillip Dexter says in a statement that what is even more disturbing is the possibility that Cheryl Cwele may have used her husband's position in the Cabinet to gather intelligence to cover up her wicked activities.

“The fact of the matter is that the security of the state has been compromised. Minister Cwele can surely no longer hold a position of such vital importance based on the charges pending against his wife,” Dexter says.

Dexter further went on to say it is unacceptable that this situation has occurred saying all Cabinet Ministers and their immediate family, including spouses, are subjected to high scrutiny.

“How is it possible that this could have slipped through the cracks? This clearly shows that, as with the activities of other senior ANC leaders, there has been a cover up, and that the security of the state has been severely compromised by criminal elements” adds Dexter.

COPE believes this does not bode well for the image of South Africa in the year of the 2010 World Cup, a target that would be the jewel in the crown of terrorist and criminal enterprises.

“Minister Cwele must disclose what he knew about his wife's criminal activities and resign. Failing which, the executive must to the honourable thing and fire him,” concluded Dexter.

Student fatally wounded in armed robbery

By Ofentse Mokae
30 January 2010

A male student from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (formerly Cape Technikon) was shot and killed during an armed robbery at the corners of High and Searl Street in Woodstock yesterday.

Woodstock police say it is alleged that a male suspect confronted three boys, aged between 14 and 16 at gunpoint at Melbourn Street where he robbed them from their cellphones.

The suspect then moved to the corners of High and Searl Street where he tried to rob a male student but fatally shot him through his neck and head, he died on the scene with his cellphone still in his hand.

“The suspect then went further down in Searl Street and under a bridge, he robbed two (2) more women from their cellphones,” says spokesperson Inspector November Filander.

Filander says the suspect fled the scene on foot and is still at large.

“We opened charges of armed robbery and murder,” Filander added.

The identity of the student cannot be released yet as the family of the deceased is still to be informed.

Anyone who witnessed the incidents or who can assist the police on the whereabouts of the suspect can contact Woodstock detective, Inspector Miles on 0824698468 or Crime Stop on 0860010111.

Attempts to reach CPUT for comment proved unsuccessful.

Special ad hoc committee aims to overhaul public service delivery

By Ofentse Mokae
30 January 2010

A special Ad hoc committee in parliament’s National Assembly established to conduct oversight visits on service delivery, will next week kick-start its nation-wide public hearings.

The hearings are aimed at finding out more about progress in service delivery.

The committee, which was set up in September last year under the theme “Working together to ensure the delivery of quality services to communities” will use the hearings to also find out about Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department’s turnaround strategy.

In a press statement committee chairperson Lechesa Tsenoli said now that the department has completed its strategy they will be going to establish what processes are underway.

“We will seek feedback on the strategy and the readiness of the municipalities,” Tsenoli said.

The two month long hearings draw members from various portfolio committees including social development, basic education and health amongst others and will be conducted in all nine provinces.

Last year saw a wave of protests that erupted in townships across South Africa over shoddy housing and public services, adding to pressure on President Jacob Zuma to deliver on promises to fight poverty.

State Security Minister under fire

By Ofentse Mokae
30 January 2010

Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi’s corruption trial might go ahead on Monday.

State Security Ministry's petition to the Supreme Court of Appeal to overturn a decision to compel former national intelligence coordinator Barry Gilder to testify in Selebi's trial has been dismissed.

Minister Siyabonga Cwele wanted to prevent Gilder from taking the stand against Selebi.

Meanwhile, the Congress of the People has called on Cwele to disclose what he knew about his wife's alleged criminal activities and resign.

Cheryl Cwele was arrested yesterday on drug related charges.

Cope spokesperson Philip Dexter wants to know how she had slipped through the cracks as all Cabinet ministers and their immediate family are subjected to rigorous background checks.

One person dies and more than twenty injured in three separate road accidents

By Ofentse Mokae
30 January 2007

One woman died after the Nissan Sentra she was driving collided into the side of a Mercedes Sprinter, at the intersection of the R102 and Macassar Road, in Firgrove this morning.

ER 24 spokesperson Tristan Wadely say there were numerous occupants in the sprinter but nine were taken to Vergelegen Medi-Clinic by ER24 and Metro EMS ambulances.

One patient sustained serious injuries and the remaining patients sustained minor to moderate injuries. The deceased lady is believed to be the only occupant of the Sentra.

Meanwhile six people were injured when the taxi they were travelling in overturned.

The incident happened at the intersection of Modderdam Road and Belrail Road in Bellville at around 15h00.

Wadely says the patients sustained minor to moderate injuries.

It is believed that a tyre burst on the vehicle which caused it to overturn.

“The second incident occurred at the intersection of Racecourse Road and Chukker Road in Lansdowne at around 17h20. Eighteen people sustained minor to moderate injuries when a taxi and BMW collided,” Wadely said.

Women must make inroads in construction

By Khanyisa Tabata
30 January 2010

Deputy Minister of Public Works Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu has encouraged women contractors to make their mark in the industry.

Bogopane-Zulu is quoted as saying South Africa is a country that is transforming and every industry, including construction, should be part of that change.

She said her department was doing its bit too and putting together plans to establish a gender unit to help in understanding what it is that needs to be done differently and address issues such as the expectations of women in the industry.

The minister further challenged the women contractors to ensure that they get a slice of the R800 billion allocated by government for infrastructural development for the next three years.

A representative from South African Women in Construction, Kile Kwinana, said that while South Africa had won the battle of apartheid, the country was now facing the battle of sexes.

Bogopane-Zulu added that construction workers should take part in the Kharikhude campaign which teaches adults to read and write to that they can be part of building a better South Africa.

Friday, January 29, 2010

State opposes urgent bail application for Minister’s wife

By Khanyisa Tabata
29 January 2010

The wife of Minister of State Security, Siyabonga Cwele, has made an urgent bail application, with the defense arguing that service delivery will be affected following her arrest.

Sheryl Cwele, who appeared in the Pietermaritzburg High Court today was arrested by the Hawks at her south coast home this morning.

She is facing three counts of dealing in drugs and producing nine-point-two kilograms of cocaine.

The third charge relates to inciting Tessa Beetge and Charmaine Moss to deal and produce drugs. Beetge is serving an eight year jail term after her arrest in Brazil in 2008.

Cwele heads the Health Department in the Hibiscus Coast Municipality on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. The prosecution is opposing bail.

Fuel prices to increase next week

By Kim Saulse
29 January 2010

The Department of Energy has confirmed that the retail price of all grades of petrol will increase by 18 cents a litre next week.

The wholesale price of diesel will rise by 10 cents a litre while illuminating paraffin goes up by five cents a litre.

The Department says for the period December 31 to January 28 the average international product prices of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin increased and the rand/US dollar exchange rate strengthened when compared to the previous period.

Scholar stabbed on train in Mandalay

By Kim Saulse
29 January 2010

Three scholars are being sought by police in the Mandalay area after a 17 year old was stabbed and a security guard shot this morning.

Police spokesperson Inspector Ian Williams says it is alleged that the three schoolboys accosted the schoolboy on a train at the station where they stabbed him in his left upper arm and jumped out of the train.

“When a security guard saw them jump out of the train, he pursued them,” says Williams.

The scholars took out a firearm and fired several shots at the security guard, injuring him in his stomach.

Both the security guard and the 17 year old schoolboy are in a stable condition in hospital.

The suspects are still at large.

Anyone with information on the suspects whereabouts is requested to contact Mitchells Plain police station on (021) 370 1732 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

Murder suspect sought in Mfuleni

By Nomava Nobumba
28 January 2010

Mfuleni police are seeking the assistance of the public in tracing murder and armed robbery suspect Simphiwe Mzanywa of Philippi East.

It is alleged that he and his accomplice Lwandiso Njineli shot and killed a 6 months old baby in Extension 6 Mfuleni during robbery.

The two fled the scene with R62 000.00, 12 cartoons of cigarettes and a DVD Player.

Njineli was arrested last month after police received tip-off from the public.

Police spokesperson Captain Nomathemba Muavha says Mzanywa is no longer staying at his place of residence.

“According to information obtained he is moving between Khayelitsha, Nyanga and Mfuleni area,” said Muavha.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of Simphiwe Mzanywa is asked to contact the Investigating Officer Constable Bongani Mxoli at Mfuleni SAPS on 021 909 9618 or 073 567 7492.

House burnt down by community members in Soshanguve

By Khanyisa Tabata
29 January 2010

The City of Tshwane says angry Soshanguve community members burnt down the houses of two suspected child killers.

According to the City two houses in Block F were torched late last night, but no one was injured during the incident.

A third house was saved after city officials and police intervened. Local police arrested one man for public violence.

The three men whose homes were targeted were arrested for allegedly killing an 11 year old girl, whose badly decomposed body was found hidden in bushes near her home after she had gone missing.

Policeman and security officer wounded during Rondebosch shooting

By Kim Saulse
29 January 2010

A police officer and armed response officer were shot near the corners of Muir and Coniston roads in Rondebosch early this morning.

The police officer and armed response officer both sustained gunshot wounds but are in a stable condition.

ER24 spokesperson Tristan Wadeley says the circumstances around the incident were unclear but it is believed that they were chasing a house-breaking suspect when the shooting occurred.

Two suspects killed a learner in Du Noon High School

By Nomava Nobumba
28 January 2010

A grade 11 pupil of Inkwenkwezi High School in Du Noon died at the school premises after being stabbed by two unknown men.

Police say it is alleged that the deceased was from school yesterday afternoon when he approached by the suspects.

“They stabbed him, and he ran back towards the school but the suspects continued stabbing him in the back. He collapsed and died on the school grounds,” said police spokesperson Inspector Dephney Dell.

The 21 year old boy was in a critical condition on arrival of paramedics and his condition deteriorated shortly after their arrival.

ER24’s Tristan Wadeley says hem went into cardiac arrest and they started advanced life support resuscitation.

“Unfortunately the resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful and the boy was declared dead on the scene,” said Wadeley.

The motive for the attack is unknown and a murder case has been opened for investigation.

90th anniversary of the South African air force

By Khanyisa Tabata
29 January 2010

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Lindiwe Sisulu will join the South African National Defence Force in celebrating the 90th anniversary of the South African Air Force.

Minister’s spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya says more than 80 air force aircrafts would be on display at the Swartkop Airforce base in Pretoria.

“This will include a display of the Gripen jet for the first time. The Minister will join the parade and also inspect the exhibited planes and jets.

“The parade will be preceded by a media briefing by the minister hearself explaining what’s going to be happening throughout the day,” said Ndivhuwo Mabaya.

Value-for-money tertiary education

By Khanyisa Tabata
29 January 2010

Higher Education South Africa says it is in the process of finalising guidelines aimed at assisting institutions make tuition fees affordable while ensuring quality of teaching and learning.

The guidelines also aim to provide student support and other services as well as the financial sustainability of the institutions.

HESA Executive Secretary, Marianne Hattingh is quoted as saying they are committed to affording deserving learners financial support as long as they met their respective tertiary institutions’ entry requirements.

Hatting says they want to strengthen institutional systems for detecting early warning signals on student performance as well as mechanisms for re-directing underperforming students to other areas of study.

HESA has also committed to giving special attention to broadening access for students from Quintile 1 schools, which are located in poor communities in extremely disadvantaged rural areas of the country.

Early this month, the 23 universities in the public higher education system made a commitment to the Ministry of Higher Education and Training that they would facilitate increased access to higher education and ensure that it remains affordable for most.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lowest consumer confidence levels recorded since 2004

By Khanyisa Tabata
28 January 2010

The findings of the MasterCard Worldwide Index of Consumer Confidence for South Africa point to the lowest consumer confidence levels recorded since 2004.

The index this month fell to just under 60-points, down from almost 79 a year ago.

The survey also shows that Johannesburg has ousted Durban as South Africa's most confident city. Cape Town experienced a decline of almost 10 points.

Meanwhile, South African business owners have for four consecutive years been most concerned about the lack of an available skilled workforce.

Grant Thornton’s 2010 International Business Report found that South Africa concurred with the global trend that overregulation and red tape was the second biggest restriction to business expansion.

Two police members arrested for fraud and corruption

By Khanyisa Tabata
28 January 2010

Two police member have been arrested in Grassy park and Fish Hoek for corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

Police spokesperson Superintend Andre Traut says it is suspected that the member, who also resides in Grassy Park, tipped drug dealers off prior to envisaged operations in return for payment.

“Our endeavours to root out corruption amongst our ranks in the Western Cape Police resulted in the arrest of two of our members this morning.

“Soon after his arrest, it was the turn of a 38 year old Fish Hoek inspector. He was arrested on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice”, said Superintended Andre Traut.

We will continue to investigate corruption perpetrated by our members, and will stop at nothing, until we are satisfied that the community is served by hard working, loyal and trustworthy members who shares the vision and the mission of SAPS added Traut.

Both members are detained until their court appearance tomorrow in Simons Town.

Henin and Murray to the finals of US open

By Nomava Nobumba
28 January 2010

Unseeded Belgian Justine Henin is one match from a fairytale return to Grand Slam tennis after mercilessly thrashing China's Zheng Jie 6-1, 6-0 in their Australian Open semi-final.

Henin, who retired in May 2008, has made the most of being granted a wildcard and will face top seed and defending champion Serena Williams in the final.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray reached the second Grand Slam final of his career after recovering from a slow start to beat Marin Cilic.

The Briton beat the Croat 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Murray could now end Britain's 74-year wait for a male Grand Slam singles champion.

In Sunday's final he will play the winner of tomorrow’s second semi between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Toddler killed in head on collision - KZN

By Kim Saulse
28 January 2010

A two year old died and six others were injured in a head-on collision on the R 101 in Kwa Zulu Natal yesterday afternoon.

Although police are still investigating the incident , it is believed that an Isuzu bakkie and an Opel collided head on .

Netcare 911 and Provincial paramedics arrived on scene to find the injured still trapped in the remains of their vehicles.

Paramedics say the two year old died on impact.

Three people were critically injured, and another three passengers sustained serious injuries.

DA slams Eskom tariff application as illegal

By Kim Saulse
28 January 2010

The Democratic Alliance says in a statement Eskom’s application for three 35% electricity tariff increases is null and void.

The DA’s Manie van Dyk says the application before the National Energy Regulator does not include enough renewable energy sources as required by law.

According to the DA, Nersa will now be forced to reject the 35% application on a legal basis.

Obama urges “common sense” politics

By Nomava Nobumba
28 January 2010

US President Barack Obama has used his first State of the Nation address to regain ground lost after his worst political setback since taking office.

The speech occurs in the aftermath of the loss by his Democratic party of a pivotal Senate seat in Massachusetts.

He tapped into public discontent, stemming mainly from the still-struggling economy and a stubbornly high 10 per cent unemployment rate.

He said the American people expected Democrats and Republicans to work together to overcome the "numbing weight of our politics". Rather than fight the same tired battles that have dominated Washington for decades, it's time for something new, he said.

Four wanted for robbery in Durbanville

By Khanyisa Tabata
28 January 2010

Durbanville police are requesting the assistance of the public in tracing four suspects involved in two robbery cases.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Bernice Laäs-Bezuidenhout says on Monday a male victim stopped his vehicle in his driveway in Columbine Street, Nerina in Durbanville, when two males approached him with firearms

“They took his wallet, 3 cellphones and watch to the value of R8100-00. The suspects fled on foot. A case of armed robbery was opened.

On Tuesday a male victim and his father stopped at their home in Shoshana Street in Kenridge when they were approached by two unknown males and told to lie down on the ground. Both suspects were armed with firearms and took a handbag, cellphone and cash, all to the value of R3000-00.

Laäs-Bezuidenhout added that the victims were asked to go into their home and keep quiet. The suspects then fled on foot.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of these suspects to please contact Inspector Marie Abrahams on 021 – 970 5600/07

Two killed and 18 injured in Melkbos collision

By Kim Saulse
28 January 2010

A collision on the West Coast Road (R27) in Melkbos last night has left two people dead and eighteen bus passengers injured.

“The two occupants of the Jetta were dead on arrival of emergency services and needed to be cut from the mangled car. 18 people from the bus were taken to various hospitals for further treatment,” said ER24’s Tristan Wadeley.

One patient sustained serious injuries and the other seventeen patients sustained minor to moderate injuries.

The remaining occupants of the bus were transported from the scene in another bus.

The road was closed in both directions while emergency services worked on the scene. The collision is being investigated by police.

Toddlers found unharmed

By Nomava Nobumba
28 January 2010

One year old Chante Langeveldt of Mitchells Plain who went missing from Day Care Centre has been found safe and unharmed.

She was reported missing on Tuesday after her mother left her in the care of her (mother) mentally ill cousin.

The mother went to relieve herself, when she came back the woman was gone with little Chante.

Baby Chante was found yesterday afternoon in Sir Lowry’s Pass where the woman lives.

Mitchell’s Plain police spokesperson Captain Rewyne Muller says the circumstances of her disappearance will be investigated.

Meanwhile, three year old Rajabu Nishimwe from Phillipi East was also found this morning.

He was reported missing last night after a long search of four hours by his parents.

Dessie Rechner of the Pink Ladies Organisation urges parents to act prompt when a child went missing.

“If your child is missing go to police immediately, get professional help and don’t run around trying to do it by yourself,” said Rechner.

This week, more than five children were reported missing across the city.

Hotline for people living on farms

By Khanyisa Tabata
28 January 2010

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is working on setting up a Hotline which will iron out problems faced by farm dwellers.

Minister of Agriculture is quoted as saying that they will set up a national Hotline for the farm dwellers, so that those farm workers who are being abused or illegally evicted can access assistance.

She also announced that progress was being made towards hosting a number of provincial mini farm-dweller summits, followed with a national summit later this year.

The minister was speaking at the Ministers and Members of Executive Council Meeting.

She assured the meeting that the department would do things differently year.

Western Cape College of Nursing closed until further notice

By Khanyisa Tabata
28 January 2010

The Western Cape Department of Health and the management of Cape Peninsula University of Technology have agreed that Western Cape College of Nursing including its residence be closed until further notice with immediate effect.

Health Departmental spokesperson Faiza Styne says this id due to the student’s unrest that has led to the decision.

“The continuance of the R425 program will require all students to adhere to the rules and requirements of the WCCN/CPUT and the South African Nursing Council.

“The processes to follow will be made known to students,” said Fiaza Steyn.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Zuma assures investors and football fans

By Khanyisa Tabata
27 January 2010

President Jacob Zuma has told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that sound macroeconomic policies, an effective regulatory environment and sustained political and social stability continue to make South Africa a candidate for even greater and faster economic growth.

Zuma says the growth will be underpinned by the Fifa Soccer World Cup.

His message was that South Africa was truly ready for business and for football fans from around the globe.

Zuma also informed the gathering that this year was an important year for the country, because it will be marking the 20th anniversary of the release of former President Nelson Mandela from prison.

He said the decades of the struggle against apartheid by South Africans, supported by Africa and the world, had yielded results.

First soccer event in new stadium records no major flaws

By Ofentse Mokae
27 January 2010

Last Saturday’s inaugural match at the new Cape Town Stadium between Ajax Cape Town and Santos has recorded no major flaws in planning and execution.

This is based on the “fantastic response” to the special event and the 20 000 match tickets that were made available and sold out, says the City of Cape Town.

“Stadium noise levels both inside and outside were measured and satisfactory health tests were done on food served at the stadium,” the city says in a statement.

The city says at the same time, safety and security incidents were logged.

“Only three law enforcement incidents and six traffic incidents were logged while Emergency Medical Services attended to 15 medical and seven trauma cases,” adds the city.

It says the lessons learnt from the test event will be applied to improve spectator experience and safety for the second test event to be held on the 06th of next month.

Meanwhile public opinion towards staging of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ remains overwhelmingly positive in the host nation South Africa, according to the latest market research conducted on FIFA’s behalf.

The findings from the fourth instalment of a six-wave survey suggest a strong emotional commitment to the tournament.

This is in particular a pronounced sense of pride (90%) in being the first African nation to host football’s premier event.

Surveying was conducted by international research company SPORT+MARKT immediately after the Final Draw in December also held in the city.

Of the perceived potential disadvantages of hosting the spectacular tournament, inflation remains the biggest concern for South African respondents.

About 70% of the respondents believe consumer goods will become more expensive as a result of the competition.

The 40 000 tickets available to spectators for the second test event of the 06th, featuring a Boland Invitational XV against the Vodacom Stormers, have already been sold out.

14 year old reported missing in Philippi-East

By Khanyisa Tabata
27 January 2010

Philippi-East Police is requesting the assistance of the public in the search for a 14 year old Saeedah Manewyk that went missing from her parent’s home on Thursday, last week.

Police spokesperson Inspector Nondumiso Paul says she was in an argument with her mother on the day of her disappearance at Acacia Street in Acacia Park, Philippi-East.

“Manewyk did not tell anyone where she was going up until today.

“At the time of her disappearance she was wearing a blue jean, grey jacket and a black cap,” said Police spokesperson inspector Nondumiso Paul.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts can contact Constable Zola Mtshabe on 083 572 8264 or Philippi-East Police Station on (021) 370 1900.

Metro Police nabs notorious Athlone drug dealer

By Nomava Nobumba
27 January 2010

On Monday morning the swift reaction by two metro police officers resulted in the arrest of one of Athlone’s notorious drug dealers.

“The officers were busy with routine patrols in Elsieskraal Road, Manenberg, when they noticed the suspect driving past them in a white VW Golf,” said Metro Police deputy Chief Yolanda Faro.

The suspect tried to flee when officers approached him

He was searched and two packets of heroin with a street value of approximately R6 000 were found in his possession.

Faro said the suspect was arrested on charges of being in possession of illegal narcotics and bribery as he also tried to bribe the two metro police officers for his release.

Illegal firearm and ammunitions were seized

By Nomava Nobumba
27 January 2010

A 25 year old man was arrested for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition in Athlone.

SAPS members were busy patrolling when they arrested him.

“We were busy with vehicle patrol duties when we noticed a suspicious person,” said police spokesperson Inspector Ian Bennett.

The suspect was searched and a 9mm pistol and 8 x 9mm rounds of ammunition we seized.

The suspect will appear in the Athlone magistrate’s court tomorrow on charges of possession of illegal firearm and ammunition.

Protesting students injured during shoot out

By Ofentse Mokae
27 January 2010

Two students at the Western Cape College of Nursing in Athlone have been injured and a number were arrested when violence erupted during a protracted strike over conditions at the campus.

The protestors went on the rampage this morning and intimidated non-striking students.

Reports say police opened fire with rubber bullets.

Officials met with students on Tuesday to discuss their grievances, following protest action at the campus.

Striking students have made several demands, including that their in-service working hours be revised.

Unhappy students have refused to return to their lectures despite being told that their actions would force the college to shut its doors.

The students said they were tired of being ignored and that they were taking a stand.

Cricket coach was not fired

By Nomava Nobumba
27 January 2010

Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola says Mickey Arthur resigned and was not fired as Proteas coach.

At a media briefing in East London, Arthur said he had resigned because the CSA board disagreed with his vision for the national team and the structures he had put in place over the last five years.

Majola also confirmed that the selection panel convenor Mike Procter, Craig Matthews, Winky Ximiya and Mustapha Khan had been fired.

Majola takes over as convenor of selectors.

Interim coach Corrie van Zyl and former Proteas captain Kepler Wessels will complete the three-man selection panel.

Proteas captain Graeme Smith dismissed suggestions that a rift between himself and Arthur had led to the coach’s resignation, days before the team leaves for a tour to India.

Teenager reported missing

By Nomava Nobumba
27 January 2010

16 year old Roslynn Alexander from Kleinvlei has been reported missing.

Roslynn is 1.5 meters tall and slender built. She was last seen by friends early Saturday evening.

She was wearing black tights, blue denim shorts and a white T-shirt.

Roslynn is in matric.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Dessie Rechner of the Pink Ladies Organisation on 072 214 7439.

Athlone drug dealer arrested in Manenberg

By Kim Saulse
27 January 2010

A notorious Athlone drug dealer is behind bars thanks to the swift action of two Metro police officers.

The two were conducting routine patrols in Elsieskraal Road in Manenberg, when they spotted the suspect driving by.

They stopped the vehicle; as they approached the driver he attempted to flee.

“The suspect, who was visibly nervous, was searched and two packets of heroin with a street value of approximately R6000 were found on him,” said Yolanda Faro, Deputy Chief of Metro Police.

The man is currently in police custody.

He faces charges of possession of illegal narcotics and bribery, as he tried to bribe the two officers for his release.

More commotion in South African cricket

By Khanyisa Tabata
27 January 2010

Cricket journalist Neil Manthorp has denied that a clash between Proteas captain Graeme Smith and former coach Mickey Arthur led to Arthur’s sudden resignation.

Manthorp says Arthur quit because of renewed pressure from Cricket South Africa over the lack of black African players in the national team.

The ex-coach is scheduled to explain his move, days before the team’s departure for India, at a news conference in East London this morning.

Western Cape traders meeting at Epping Market

By Khanyisa Tabata
27 January 2010

Concerned Hawkers and Traders Association are expected to hold another meeting today to address the issue of eviction that has be looming for some months now.

Spokesperson for CHATA Mieshka Classier says situation for the Mitchell's Plain traders is still very uncertain. We still do not know when evictions could take place.

“We are worried that the City is merely using the workshop to pretend that they are consulting with us. We have found this to be the case elsewhere with other traders.

“The City uses negotiations to divide us and then comes right in to evict us. This is happening all over the Western Cape. There have been threats that a Law Enforcement operation will commence to evict us anytime next month,” said Mieshka Cassiem.

Our fate as hawkers is tied in with the fate of Epping Market. If we suffer, the economy of the Western Cape suffers as well added Cassiem.

Concerned Hawkers and Traders Association are expected to hold another meeting today to address the issue of eviction that has be looming for some months now. Spokesperson for CHATA Mieshka Classier says situation for the Mitchell's Plain traders is still very uncertain. We still do not know when evictions could take place.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Maroga to receive nine million in Eskom’s shares

By Khanyisa Tabata
27 January 2010

The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry says a survey has revealed that taxpayers can only afford a three- to five-percent increase in electricity tariffs.

Power utility Eskom is currently considering public opinion on their three proposed 35-percent tariff increases.

Sacci’s Peggie Drodskie says they have submitted their own plans to Eskom and will hold a meeting with stakeholders in Johannesburg today.

Meanwhile, Solidarity has revealed that about nine-million-Rands in Eskom shares will be transferred to former Eskom chief executive Jacob Maroga later this year and next year.

The trade union says the shares had previously been awarded to him.

This means that Maroga, despite having left the company last year already, could still make millions out of the company if he decides to sell the shares.

Calls grow for nationalisation of Reserve Bank

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 January 2010

The Congress of South African Trade Unions fully the supports the proposal in a report to the national executive committee of the ANC, that the Reserve Bank should be nationalised.

Cosatu says it is a dangerous anomaly that a body which should be protecting the public interest when it makes decisions on interest rates should be owned by a group of anonymous private shareholders.

In its reaction to comments by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe that the nationalisation of the Bank could be discussed, the Reserve Bank has said its independence is entrenched in the country’s Constitution and it is not owned by anyone.

Meanwhile the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee has decided to keep the repo rate stable at seven-percent. Governor Gill Marcus made the announcement a short while ago.

The rate at which the Bank lends money to commercial banks has been left unchanged since September last year.

Most economists predicted that the rate would be left unchanged, despite demands for a lowering by trade unions and people in debt.

Transport Minister to announce festive season traffic stats today

By Kim Saulse
26 January 2010

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele will announce the 2009/10 festive season road traffic statistics today.

This after an intensive Festive Season Arrive Alive Road Safety Campaign was executed at the start of the season.

550 000 vehicles were stopped and checked on the busiest roads in the country.

Close to 300 000 motorists were arrested for road offences ranging from drunken, reckless and negligent driving. 2 211 un-roadworthy vehicles were removed from the roads, including 1 100 buses and taxis.

Thousands of drivers were also fined for not wearing seatbelts and committing other offences.

The minister is expected to speak on plans to intensify the Arrive Alive Road Safety Campaign, ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

This will be done through the traffic law enforcement plan and the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (ARRTO).

Mitchell’s Plain police seize drugs worth R170 000

By Nomava Nobumba
26 January 2010

A 27 year old man was arrested in Mitchell’s Plain for drug dealing yesterday.

Five suitcases filled with Khat, made up in bunches of 99 with an estimated street value of R170 000 were confiscated at a barbershop in Mitchell’s Plain, Town Centre.

Police say they acted from a tip off received from the public.

The suspect will appear in the Mitchell’s Plain magistrate’s court on charges of dealing in drugs tomorrow.

Tourists robbed in Camps Bay

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 January 2010

Police are seeking the assistance of the public in tracing two suspects involved in a robbery case in Camps Bay.

A 32 year old German tourist has reported a house robbery that occurred this morning at about 04h30 at a guest house in Sedgemore Road, Camps Bay.

Police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk says the complainant alleged that he woke-up and found two unknown men in his bedroom. The one suspect was armed with a firearm and the other with two knives.

Van Wyk says they tied his hands in front with an electric cord then robbed him of 100 Euros and R3000 cash. They also took his laptop computer, video camera, digital camera and two cellular phones, said police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk.

“It appears that the suspects gained access to the house through a kitchen window. It is unknown how they fled the scene.

“The complainant alleged that he came from his room to alert the police after the house became very quiet. Three other male German tourist who all slept in different rooms, were not aware of the alleged incident. They only woke up after the police arrived at the scene at about 04h50. They all arrived in Cape Town yesterday and intend to be in town for a few days,” said police spokesperson Captain van Wyk.

The complainant did not sustain physical injury during the incident and also declined trauma counseling that was offered by police added van Wyk.

Shockwaves as cricket coach resigns

BY Ofentse Mokae
26 January 2010

The resignation of South Africa’s cricket coach Mickey Arthur has been described as a shock move in the entire cricket world.

The resignation comes just three days before the Proteas leave for a tour of India.

It is generally accepted that Arthur’s relationship with South African captain Graeme Smith led to the surprise move by Arthur.

Sports reports says Arthur’s timing could prove to be problematic.

He has tendered his resignation just four days before the team is to leave for India.

His right hand man, Vincent Barnes is also said to be considering resigning.

Cricket bosses are not commenting on the turn of events.

However reports say former fast bowler Corrie van Zyl has been appointed caretaker coach and will go to India with the Proteas for the series of two Tests and three one-day internationals.

City clears hundreds of hectares of bush on vacant plots

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 January 2010

The City of Cape Town has cleared overgrown bushes, building rubble and household dumping from 44 vacant plots owned by the Housing Directorate

Mayoral Committee Member for Housing Councillor Shehaam Sims says the cleared land is spread across Atlantis, Athlone, Belhar, Blackheath, Blue Downs, Delft, , Grassy Park, Kalkfontein, Kuils River, Langa, Lwandle, Mamre, Mfuleni and Mitchells Plain.

“These plots are mainly situated in the poorer areas of Cape Town, where alien vegetation can easily take over, posing a health, fire or safety risk for local communities.

“Overgrown spaces also provide hideouts for criminals and become convenient dumping spots for building rubble and household litter”, said Mayoral Committee Member for Housing Councillor Shehaam Sims,

The Housing Directorate launched the bush clearing programme with City Parks in July 2007. This has resulted in hundreds of hectares of dense bush being cut down and removed from problem areas.

Mayor Plato and MEC Grant to visit Vaatjie Primary School to assess situation

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 January 2010

The Mayor of Cape Town Dan Plato together with the Educatin MEC today are expected to visit Vaatjie Primary School to assess the school.

Mayor spokesperson for the major Rulleshka Singh says the visit follows complaints about flies and bad odours in the area.

A site inspection and subsequent action by the contractor has ensured that the fly problem that occurred at a school near Vaatjie farm has been significantly reduced.

“The application of mud has been moved to an area two and half kilometres away from the school.

“The City’s Environmental Health Practitioners have also been monitoring the situation,”said Rulleshka Singh.

Monday, January 25, 2010 given mediation deadline

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 January 2010 has until Thursday to make representations to the national director of Public Prosecutions regarding subpoenas issued against two of its journalists.

The case was postponed in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today.

Mediation will now take place after the journalists were subpoenaed for refusing to divulge information about an interview with two men who threatened to attack Soccer World Cup tourists.

Meanwhile the South African National Editors Forum said it was relieved the National Prosecuting Authority agreed to negotiate with ETV over the subpoenas issued to two journalists.

Interest rates expected to remain unchanged

By Ofentse Mokae
25 January 2010

Most economists say the Reserve Bank is likely to hold interest rates steady when its policy meeting ends tomorrow.

This is despite the fact that figures to be released on Wednesday are set to show that inflation breached its official target range for the first time in three months.

Only a few economists are expecting a half a percentage point lowering of the repo rate to six-and-a-half-percent tomorrow.

Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance says tomorrow’s decision on interest rates by the Monetary Policy Committee should not be influenced by political considerations, but rather by the Reserve Bank’s constitutional mandate.

The party’s shadow minister on Finance Dion George says media reports on fresh attempts by members of the ANC’s National Executive Committee to undermine the independence of the Reserve Bank are unacceptable.

George says the independence of the Reserve Bank is crucial to the overall financial stability and low inflation, he says higher inflation hurts the entire economy, especially the poor.

“Any undue influence on the Bank would translate to outcomes that severely restrict the efficiency of the Bank in fighting inflation,” George said.

The opposition party says it will always protect the independence of institutions such as the Reserve Bank that serve a greater interest than immediate populist calls.

Adrian Goslett, Assistant Regional Director for RE/MAX of Southern Africa says the positive impact of lower interest rates is however still trickling down to the consumer.

“Even through rates remain unchanged for now, mortgage repayments are still 23,8% lower than late last year when the interest rate hovered around the 15% mark,” said Goslett.

Student killed while rushing to college

By Nomava Nobumba
25 January 2010

A student died has died after being struck by a train in Ysteplaart station this morning.

It is alleged the 18 year old boy was trying to cross the rail around 5:30am when the incident occurred.

Police spokesperson Inspector Siyabulela Vukubi says the victim was killed instantly.

The student card was found in the possession of the deceases, but police can not divulge any information as his next of keen has not yet been notified.

“We need anyone who can locate the deceased to call Maitland police station on 021 506 4900,” urged Vukubi.

Few changes for Bafana

By Nomava Nobumba
25 January 2010

Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Parreira says he will make only one or two changes to the team to play Zimbabwe on Wednesday.

Bafana take on Zimbabwe in Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium after defeating Swaziland 6-2 over the weekend.

Parreira says he was pleased with the commitment his players showed against Swaziland.

Parreira had the luxury of playing two different sides in each half against Swaziland as it was an unofficial match.

The head coach said he would only be able to make a maximum of six changes against Zimbabwe during the match which is an official friendly for which caps will be awarded.

No caps were awarded against Swaziland.

Parreira said he was happy with the way Bafana kept possession and hit Swaziland hard with pace on the counter-attack.

Man arrested for failed housebreaking in Walmer Estate

By Kim Saulse
25 January 2010

During routine patrols in Walmer Estate this morning, police arrested a 35 year old man for attempted housebreaking in the area.

Police acted on information they received from a resident who notified them of a housebreaking in progress.

Upon arrival of police, the suspect attempted to flee on foot, but was arrested shortly thereafter.

“During a search of the suspect, the police confiscated a screwdriver and a torch in his possession,” said Sergeant Hilton Malila.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect tried to force the kitchen window open.

The suspect will appear at the Cape Town Magistrates’ court tomorrow on a charge of attempted housebreaking and theft.

Metro police member delivers fourth baby

By Ofentse Mokae
25 January 2010

A Metro Police officer delivered his fourth baby while on duty over the weekend.

Dawood Miller was calm and collected when Nosipho Ratya of Lower Crossroads sought help at the community service centre in Philippi on Saturday afternoon.

The members on duty assisted her and made her comfortable.

While an ambulance was on it way, Miller helped deliver a healthy baby girl at 4 o’clock, much to the relief of the mother and his colleagues.

In a statement Miller says he is glad he was able to assist Ratya in her labour.

“My first baby delivery is still very fresh in my memory and in all other cases like today I am just glad that I was able to help a mother and her baby,” said Miller.

He has become accustomed to delivering babies, as he has delivered three babies in the past whilst on duty.

Angola out of African Cup

By Nomava Nobumba
25 January 2010

Ghana destroyed host nation Angola's Africa Cup of Nations dream with a 1-0 quarter-final win in Luanda yesterday evening.

Asamoah Gyan's first half goal put the Black Stars into the semi-finals where they will face the winner of today’s match in Lubango between Zambia and Nigeria.

Ghana remains on course for a fifth title.

Meanwhile, Cameroon skipper Samuel Eto'o says he wants his team to beat Egypt in today’s quarterfinal and bring to an end a poor run against the defending champions.

In the past five years, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have only managed a draw at home with Egypt, who have won the three other clashes between the two teams.

Missing child alert

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 January 2010

16 year old Masnoena Ismail has been reported missing in Mitchell’s Plain.

Parents of Ismal who resides at Saringa Road, Westridge, Mitchells Plain found a letter to say that she did not run away, but left because she wants to get married.

Police spokesperson Inspector IG Williams says it is believed that Masnoena had been to school on Friday to obtain a transfer to another school and that an unknown woman had posed as her mother.

“Masnoena Ismail is described as 1.5 m tall, of slender body build, brown of complexion with round face, round chin, black bob styled hair. She has brown eyes with a mole on her right cheek.

“At the time of her disappearance she was wearing a black t-shirt, denim ¾ pants and black and white training shoes”, said police spokesperson Inspector IG Williams.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Masnoena Ismail is asked to contact the investigating officer detective Inspector Charles Julies of the Mitchells Plain police at 021 370 1706/ 073 804 2000.

Two appear in court for drug possession worth R2.5 million

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 January 2010

Two suspects are expected to appear in the Bishop Lavis Magistrates Court for being found in possession of drugs to the value of R2.5 million.

Police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk says members attached to the Organized Crime Unit executed an intelligence driven operation after receiving information about illegal drug activities in the Airport Industrial area.

“They arrested two males aged 21 and 43 in a white VW Golf after confiscating two concealed boxes filled with four packets of heroin and a huge total of Mandrax tablets.

“Follow-up information led them to a storage facility in the Airport Industrial area where they found six more boxes containing more Mandrax tablets”, said police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk.

In total they confiscated eight boxes containing about 53 500 Mandrax tablets and 1 kg of heroin with a street value of about 2,5 million Rand added van Wyk.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Situation in Haiti remains critical

By Khanyisa Tabata
24 January 2010

The humanitarian situation in Haiti is still dire following the devastating earthquake of 11 days ago and UN troops had to fire warning shots and spray tear gas on survivors after a food delivery to hundreds of them spiralled out of control.

The distribution of food, soybean oil, water and radios at a former military airfield began calmly, but things soon got out of control as people began to fight over the supplies.

Things got so bad that soldiers eventually simply left a pile of food and radios for the crowd to fight over.

Mthethwa hits back at Gun Owners of SA

By Khanyisa Tabata
24 January 2010

Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa has hit back at statements made by Gun Owners of SA against the ministry for not paying compensation to people who willingly hand over their firearms to police between January 11 and April 11.

The Minister says Section 137 of the Firearms Control Act only provides for compensation to be considered in cases where the registrar decides to keep the forfeited firearms for use by the state.

Mthethwa was responding to statements made by Gosa, in which the organisation accused him of avoiding paying compensation to gun owners.

DA criticises Police Day event

By Khanyisa Tabata
24 January 2010

The Democratic Alliance criticised the Police Ministry for an upcoming National Police Day event.

DA’s Dianne Kohler Barnard officials in several provinces have raised concerns with the DA over the enormous cost of the event, which will include meals, accommodation, transport and entertainment.

“We understand that numerous station commissioners are fuming over the likely impact on crime-fighting operations over the three days when officers are away.

“In Langa Police Station, for instance, the event will apparently leave just 20 of the station's 80 active officers on duty.

We will submit parliamentary questions to establish the exact costs of this event at the very first opportunity, and we will ask the Minister of Police to justify an event that clearly carries with it so many untenable costs.


Anti-racism group to contest killer's parole

By Khanyisa Tabata
24 January 2010

An anti-racism group has called on Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to oppose the court ruling that double killer Pieter Groenewald be released.

The Social Movement Against Racist Tendencies says it will approach the Constitutional Court if nothing is done.

A High Court order compelled Correctional Services to release Groenewald, seven years after he was jailed for 20 years for a roadside attack on three men.

Another “miracle” rescue in Haiti

By Khanyisa Tabata
24 January 2010

Just hours after Haiti’s government called off the search and rescue attempt for survivors, a 24-year-old man has been rescued alive from the rubble of a ruined hotel in Port-au-Prince.

Wismond Exantus says he survived for 11 days under the rubble by drinking cool drinks and eating “little things”.

He had been working in the hotel’s grocery store when the devastating quake struck.

Greek, French and US rescue teams were involved in the two-and-a-half-hour operation to bring him out of the remains of the hotel.

Eskom slammed with massive law suit

By Khanyisa Tabata
24 January 2010

Ousted Eskom chief executive officer Jacob Maroga has reportedly slapped the parastatal with a massive 85-million-Rands lawsuit.

According to reports Maroga filed a civil claim in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

He is demanding what he describes as "reasonable damages" unless he is reinstated to the position he left.

He accuses the board of conspiring to illegally fire him under the veil of a voluntary resignation.

First soccer game in Cape Town stadium goes off well

By Khanyisa Tabata
24 January 2010

Cape Town police are satisfied with the execution of their operational plan during yesterday’s Cape Town Stadium opening match with Santos and Ajax having the honour of playing the first game at the stadium.

One-thousand-and-seventy-six members were deployed in and around the stadium.

They only made a few arrests for being under the influence of liquor in public, possession of small amounts of dagga and possession of suspected stolen goods.

Santos won a penalty shoot-out 6-5 after normal time ended in a goalless draw

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Seven die in horror smash

By Khanyisa Tabata
23 January 2010

Seven people died in a horror crash on the N-One outside Polokwane this morning when a car and a petrol tanker were involved in a collision.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha says the driver of the car was trying to make a u-turn on the freeway when the vehicle was hit by the tanker.

The car was cut in half and all the occupants died on the scene.

State refuses to withdraw subpoenas against journalists

By Khanyisa Tabata
23 January 2010 says the State has refused to withdraw subpoenas against two of the channel's journalists.

Group news editor Ben Said and reporter Mpho Lakaje will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday, should not hand over information about an interview with two suspected criminals who threatened to commit crimes during the Soccer World Cup.

Police have arrested one of the suspects.

Meanwhile The Professional Journalists Association has opposed the police attempts to force to hand over footage of two suspected criminals.

Spokesperson Raymond Joseph is quoted as saying it was the duty of journalists to protect the identity of their sources, despite the possible consequences.

Haiti search for survivors called off

By Khanyisa Tabata
23 January 2010

The search for survivors in Haiti has officially been called off as the government ends the search and rescue phase of the quake relief effort.

The United Nations says at least 132 people were pulled out alive from under the rubble.

The latest known rescues were those of an 84-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man who were pulled out of the rubble in the capital Port-au-Prince.

They survived ten days under the rubble.

Meanwhile, while the world is preoccupied by the horror in Haiti, little attention has been paid to at least 30 earthquakes that have rocked Malawi in the past month.

The largest measured six-point-two on the Richter scale. Scientists are calling the quakes in Karonga, along the Great Rift Valley on the Tanzanian border, an "earthquake swarm".

They are conducting geological assessments to ascertain if more are on the way.

Real test for Bafana strikers today

By Khanyisa Tabata
23 January 2010

Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker says South African strikers will face a real test when they face Swaziland this afternoon.

Barker says the goal drought in the national teams past matches will put the strikers under enormous pressure.

Swaziland is also coached by former Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba, who will have some inside information.

The match kicks off at Durban’s Chatsworth Stadium at four.

Tight security at the Cape Town stadium

By Khanyisa Tabata
23 January 2010

At least a thousand police members will ensure that fans will not be able to sneak alcohol, other illegal substances or weapons into the first event at the new Cape Town stadium today

Ajax Cape Town and Santos have the honour of testing the stadium in front of 20-thousand fans this afternoon.

Police and other law enforcement agencies have promised strict control at the multimillion-rand stadium

More survivors in Haiti

By Khanyisa Tabata
21 January 2010

In Haiti, survivors are still being pulled from rubble, as the disaster's death toll climbs to more than 110-thousand.

Rescuers have found a man and an elderly woman under separate ruins in Port-au-Prince, 10 days after the quake struck.

Eighty-four-year-old Marie Carida Roman was found under her collapsed home yesterday.

The search for survivors is slowly being wound down.

SA rescue effort in Haiti continues

By Khanyisa Tabata
23 January 2010

The Rescue SA urban search and rescue team returns from its rescue mission in earthquake-devastated Haiti today.

The team will land at Pretoria’s Waterkloof Air Force base. The 39-man team includes a structural engineer, two doctors, three dog handlers with sniffer dogs and rescue practitioners.

Meanwhile, Gift of the Givers says a fourth search-and-rescue team from the South African disaster relief organisation is due to leave for Haiti.

Chairperson Imtiaz Sooliman says the 20-strong team includes surgeons. They will take orthopaedic equipment to the island.

AA outlines dangers of being in a vehicle

By Khanyisa Tabata
23 January 2010

The Automobile Association says the chances of being in a road accident in South Africa are what it describes as an "astonishing" one in 101.

Spokesperson Gary Ronald says being in a vehicle remains one of the most dangerous daily activities.

In other parts of the world chances range from one in five-thousand.

A total of one-thousand-and-50 people were killed on South African roads during December.


By Kim Saulse
23 January 2010

12 year old Edwina Hendricks has been reported missing.

She was last seen on Thursday at her home at 42 Netball Street, Beacon Valley in Mitchells Plain.

She had been sent to the shop earlier during the day.

Edwina Hendricks is described as being 1.2 m tall, with short black hair, broad forehead, broad nose, round chin, thin lips, flat ears and is dark of complexion with black eyes.

She was wearing a blue school tracksuit and white t-shirt imprinted with “Mighty Meters”.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Edwina Hendricks is asked to contact the investigating officer detective inspector Charles Julies of the Mitchells Plain police at 021 3701706/ 073 804 2000.

Suspect wanted for fraud and theft

Durbanville Police are requesting the assistance of the public in finding 24 year old, Christopher Mark Cader, who is wanted on a warrant of arrest for fraud and theft of a motor vehicle.

He offered a cheque of R46 000 to buy a VW golf.

“The cheque was paid into the victims account and he made off with the golf.

“The vehicle was later found and handed over to the rightful owner,” says Sergeant Bernice Laäs-Bezuidenhout.

Anyone with information that might lead to the arrest of this suspect can contact Detective Constable Enver Josephs at Durbanville Detective Branch on 021 - 970 5600 / 084 871 0052.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Youth league to face lawsuit for hate speech

By Ofentse Mokae
22 January 2010

The Democratic Alliance has lodged a complaint with the Equality Court against Mpumalanga provincial ANC Youth League.

The complaint is against provincial secretary Isaac Mahlangu, for hate speech and intimidation.

Earlier this week, Mahlangu threatened a national newspaper over a report on alleged corruption, by reportedly saying: “We want to give them a warning: the machine gun is hot and ready”.

Mahlangu also reportedly stated: “Our machine guns are ready if there is any deviation: You better not register an address in the graveyard sooner than your Handler anticipated.”

DA leader in Mpumalanga Anthony Benadie says the party will ask the police to investigate the matter.

Meanwhile according to an internal report, the ANC admits that “something is bound to give” if tensions between it and the South African Communist Party are not defused.

The report has been seen by the media.

In the report the party raises this alarm, which has surfaced at the same time as the alliance partners close ranks against public concern.

This is after some ANC delegates were booed at the communists’ special congress.

Prepared by national executive committee member and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, the report warns that optimistic public posturing should not distract the party from resolving inter-party problems honestly.

However party secretary general Gwede Mantashe and Sewale were openly at odds on Wednesday over Sexwale's report.

Mantashe, said in a statement it was unfortunate that Sexwale had opted to take on a fight on a non-issue.

Joint taxi operation in Long Street netts 19 arrests

By Kim Saulse
22 January 2010

A joint operation by Cape Town police and other law enforcement agencies,aimed at curbing private taxi operators, from operating without valid drivers licences, public driving permits and other offences netted 19 arrests last night.

92 vehicles were stopped and 11 fines, valued at R30 000 were issued to taxi owners for allowing drivers to render a service without a valid work permit.

“32 drivers were fined for not having a valid SA drivers licence and not being in possession of a PDP (Public Drivers Permits ) valued at R 10 000.

18 arrests under the Immigration Act was dealt with by the Immigration Officers and the South African Police Service,” says Captain Frederick van Wyk.

Another suspect, linked to a Cape Town rape case was also arrested.

Van Wyk added that operations of this nature will continue as police attempt to combat illegal activities by private taxi owners.

Two robbery suspects arrested during patrol operations

By Ofentse Mokae
22 January 2010

Two robbery suspects were arrested just an hour after the other by traffic officers yesterday afternoon.

In the first incident, while the officers were on patrol in the Lansdowne area they noticed a man running past their vehicle along Hillstar Avenue, carrying what looked like a woman’s bag.

In a statement Merle Lourens Traffic Services Chief Inspector, says a security guard from Sehala Protective Services was in pursuit.

“One officer joined the guard on foot and gave chase when the suspect threw the bag over a wall and jumped over the canal,” Lourens said.

Lourens says the suspect was finally apprehended in Plantation Road.

Less than an hour later, another traffic officer patrolling Modderdam Road near the N2 southbound stopped a motorcycle because only the passenger was wearing a helmet.

It was then found that the driver was not licensed to drive the motorcycle, which did not have a number plate.

The licence disc had expired in September last year and it had been reported stolen earlier that month in the Cape Town city centre.

With the assistance of the South African Police Services (SAPS), both suspects were taken to the police station.

Baby’s body found in sewerage

By Nomava Nobumba
22 January 2010

Municipal workers made a gruesome discovery this morning when they discover the body of a baby at the Zookovlei sewerage.

The workers immediately notified the police.

Inspector Ian Liebowitz says they could not determine the age and the gender of the child at the scene.

The body was taken to a state mortuary to examine the cause of death.

“Grassy Park police are appealing to anyone with any information with regard to the incident or the whereabouts of the mother to contact Detective Sergeant Leslene Williams on 021 700 3911 or 079 494 4248,” urged Liebowitz.

Body found on Swartklip Road, Tafelsig

By Kim Saulse
22 January 2010

The body of an unknown man was found on Swartkilp Road in Tafelsig yesterday afternoon.

According to Inspector Ian Williams, the deceased’s hands and feet were tied.

The body had visible scarring, believed to be sustained from sjambok lashings.

“The victim, whose upper body was naked, was dressed in a khaki green shorts and trousers,” said Williams.

The motive for the murder is not known at this stage.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the investigating officer Captain Deon De Roock of the Mitchells Plain police at (021) 370 1706 or 082 777 8256.

Bakkie carrying workers overturned near N1

By Nomava Nobumba
22 January 2010

21 people were injured when a bakkie, believed to be carrying workers on their way home from work, overturned on Klipheuwel Road, near the N1, in Joostenbergvlakte.

Of the twenty one patients, one sustained serious injuries and the remaining twenty sustained minor to moderate injuries.

ER24 spokesperson Tristan Wadely says emergency service teams worked quickly to triage and treat the numerous patients that were scattered around the vehicle.

The patients were taken to various surrounding hospitals for further treatment.

It was unclear to paramedics on the scene as to what caused the vehicle to overturn.

Woman in court for stand murder

By Nomava Nobumba
22 January 2010

A 25 year old woman is due to appear in the Strand Magistrates Court today for murder.

This is after the body of a 69 year old woman was found in a suitcase, under her bed on Wednesday.

Police were notified by the residents who had not seen the deceased for couple of days.

When police arrived the suspect was there, claiming she was house-sitting while the owner is in Johannesburg.

Police searched the flat and they covered the gruesome discovery.

She was arrested at the scene.

The suspect is also facing charges of fraud and theft.

It is alleged that she attempted to cash a check earlier that day with the signature of the deceased.

Police say the woman can also linked to the murder of a 49 year old Table View man.

The man was killed someway as the Strand woman.

His stolen items were found in possession of the suspect.

Advocacy group warns against costly feeding programmes

By Ofentse Mokae
22 January 2010

Agri Wes-Cape has warned that if costly feeding programmes cannot be sustained, it could result in a reduction in milk production in the Southern Cape.

About 25-percent of the country’s milk is produced in the Western Cape.

Due to the ongoing drought in the Southern Cape, some vegetable farmers have stopped planting crops and all farmers are struggling to make ends meet.

Meanwhile, the South African Weather Service has warned people to be careful near rivers, as more heavy rain falls are expected in Gauteng.

Continuous rain and heavy storms over the central and north-western parts of the county could continue until late next week.

Flood warnings have been issued for the western parts of the North West and the central and western parts of the Free State and Lesotho.

Storms wreaked havoc in parts of Gauteng yesterday.

Alleged police assault at Nersa hearings

By Kim Saulse
22 January 2010

Activists from Earthlife and the Anti-privatisation Forum say they were assaulted and arrested at the National Energy Regulator’s public hearings into Eskom’s proposed tariff hikes in Midrand yesterday.

They say posters they placed on the venue’s walls were torn down by security guards.

When they complained about being refused entry to the hall, police were called.

Three activists were arrested on charges of public violence and resisting arrest.

City’s new transport system makes debut at Soccer Festival

By Kim Saulse
22 January 2010

Saturday’s inaugural match at the Cape Town Stadium between Ajax Cape Town and Santos will not only be the first test of operations at the stadium itself, but will also be the first test for Cape Town’s Transport System that is being developed for the World Cup.

During this event, starting at 2 o’ clock on Saturday, a Park-and-Ride system will be implemented where spectators will be transported from the parking areas to the stadium and back by a shuttle bus service.

“Spectators who have not purchased pre-paid parking tickets to park at the stadium are strongly encouraged to park in the city centre and use the dedicated free shuttle service to the stadium, which will run from 12:00 to 19:30,” says City spokesperson Pieter Cronje.

Only pre-paid parking ticket holders will be allowed to park at the Cape Town Stadium. This also applies to any buses and minibus taxis that do not have pre-paid parking tickets.

Secure free parking areas, which will be clearly indicated, will be available on the Foreshore area.

“The free shuttle bus service will run from Hertzog Boulevard, which is within easy walking distance from the parking areas.

Only ticket holders for the match will be allowed on the shuttle buses.

This is also conveniently located for those that use public transport at the Cape Town Station, Station Deck and the Golden Arrow Bus Terminus.

Security will be provided at the shuttle bus access points,” says Cronje.

The City has appealed to match-goers to be patient and understanding as the new transport system makes its debut.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Human Rights complaint about township toilets

By Kim Saulse
21 January 2010

The African National Congress Youth League in the Western Cape has lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission after revelations that residents of Makhaza section in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, are forced to use toilets without walls.

The residents say they have to cover themselves with blankets when they use the toilets because they were built without walls.

The Youth League’s Chumile Sali says the situation is, as he puts it, “equal to crimes against humanity”.

Smith for Cobras

By Nomava Nobumba
21 January 2010

Proteas captain Graeme Smith will play for the Cobras in tomorrow afternoon’s much-anticipated MTN40 semi-final against the Warriors at Boland Park in Paarl.

But Smith will not captain the Cobras, who will be under the leadership of Justin Kemp.

All the Proteas are available for the big clash, including JP Duminy.

They will face their national team mates Mark Boucher, Jacques Kallis, Ashwell Prince and Wayne Parnell.

Police need assistance in identifying the body

By Nomava Nobumba
21 January 2010

Pinelands police are asking anybody who can help in identifying the unknown man’s body to come forward.

On the 5th of this month the body of an unknown man was found in the corner of Fisher Avenue and Gunner Circle next to Langa railway station, lying on an open field.

Inspector Tando Sonjica says the deceased was found wearing pants only.

“It is a black male aged between 20 and 25,”said Sonjica

No identification documents were found in the man’s possession.

Anybody who can shed light on the deceased‘s identity is ask to contact Inspector Patricia Bird of the Pinelands police station on 021 506 2411.

Another protest march on poor service delivery

By Ofentse Mokae
21 January 2010

Angry residents barricaded the road leading into Delpoortshoop near Barkley West in the Northern Cape after complaining about poor development in the area.

An angry mob says their area has been neglected by the Dikgatlong local municipality who they accuse of giving preference to Barkley West.

Meanwhile flooding in Gauteng today forced around 300 families in Palm Ridge on the East Rand to relocate to tents.

Emergency workers say hundreds of people have been displaced by days of torrential rain. Another group of people has been displaced in Atlasville.

Ekurhuleni Municipality is handing out blankets and food parcels.

Wet roads contributed to a number of accidents in Johannesburg this morning.

Another protest march on poor service delivery

By Ofentse Mokae
21 January 2010

Angry residents barricaded the road leading into Delpoortshoop near Barkley West in the Northern Cape after complaining about poor development in the area.

An angry mob says their area has been neglected by the Dikgatlong local municipality who they accuse of giving preference to Barkley West.

Meanwhile flooding in Gauteng today forced around 300 families in Palm Ridge on the East Rand to relocate to tents.

Emergency workers say hundreds of people have been displaced by days of torrential rain. Another group of people has been displaced in Atlasville.

Ekurhuleni Municipality is handing out blankets and food parcels.

Wet roads contributed to a number of accidents in Johannesburg this morning.

Two killed, two others injured as vehicle overturns

By Kim Saulse
21 January 2010

Two people have been killed and two others injured when a vehicle overturned on Kendal Road, at the traffic circle intersecting with Boundary Road.

Two female passengers were ejected from the back seat of the vehicle. One of the woman sustained serious injuries while the other suffered moderate injuries.

The driver and front seat passenger were dead on arrival of emergency services.

The patients were taken to Victoria Hospital and Groote Schuur Hospital .

“It is believed that the vehicle hit the traffic circle causing it to overturn,” said ER24 spokesperson Tristan Wadeley.

Police are investigating the incident.

Four men in custody for business robbery

By Nomava Nobumba
21 January 2010

Four men have been arrested in Samora Machel in Nyanga for business robbery and attempted murder.

It is alleged that the suspects robbed cash at a tavern in the area on Monday.

Police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi says the four pointed firearms and demanded cash from the cashier as well as the owner of the tavern.

“The owner was shot in the stomach by the suspects and was rushed to hospital. The four suspects fled the scene with cash,” she said.

When the suspects arrested police recovered some of the cash and confiscated two firearms and ammunition in possession of them.

They will appear in the Athlone Magistrates’ court tomorrow on charges of business robbery, attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

City Residents advised to use solar water heaters in order to save electricity

By Ofentse Mokae
21 January 2010

Amid escalating electricity prices, city residents have been advised to install solar water heaters which could see them save up to 30% of the electricity usage.

The warn was made by City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Clive Justus, saying this is because a traditional electrical geyser uses between 30% and 50% of all power consumed in the home.

Justus says it makes sound economic and environmental sense to replace the geyser with a solar water heater especially in South Africa which is blessed with strong sunlight all year round.

Justus also said residents could apply for subsidies from the city to pay for the installation which costs between R12 000 and R35 000.

“However, this system could produce savings of some R300 per month or about R3 600 per year, thus the capital cost could be paid off in a few years,” said Justus.

Justus says this could be even sooner if the price of electricity continues to spiral at the rates currently proposed by Eskom.

A solar heater is a collector panel through which water passes in order to be heated by the sun.

It feeds into an insulated geyser where the hot water is stored for use.

Solar panels should be placed on a North-facing roof for maximum exposure to sunlight.

Most systems include electrical backup for use during periods of high demand for hot water or minimal hours of sunlight.

Table View police seek information in murder case

By Kim Saulse
21 January 2010

A 49 year old man was found dead in his Table View residence on Saturday.
On arrival, police found the man lying in the lounge, fully clothed, with pillows under his head.

The body had no visible injuries and according to police had been deceased for a few days.

“After investigation, the detectives from Table View police, were informed by the deceased son, that his dad’s white Volkswagen Caddy LDV, as well as other household items were gone,” said Inspector Elizabeth Munro.

The victims girlfriend, a 24 year old woman, from Strand, was contacted and it was revealed that she was in possession of the stolen items and vehicle.

“When Table View detectives contacted Strand police to assist them in the questioning of this 24 year old woman, they learned that Strand was looking for the same lady, in a similar modes operandi case, which occurred in Strand,” said Munro.

An inquest and theft of a motor vehicle case was opened. Anyone with information can contact the investigating officer Detective Inspector Laurens on 082 6826 281 or Table View police on (021)521-3300/08.

Police officer arrested for corruption

By Kim Saulse
21 January 2010

A 42 year old police inspector stationed at the Lansdowne Police station, will appear at the Athlone Magistrate Court today on a charge of corruption.

Superintendent Andre Traut says the member was an investigating officer of a case that was withdrawn by the court.

The officer then allegedly conned the suspect into paying an admission of guilt fine of R500.

“It is alleged that the member was the investigating officer of a case which was withdrawn by the court, however he made the suspect in the matter believe that an admission of guilt fine of R 500-00 was imposed on the case, which the suspect subsequently paid,” says Superintendant Andre Traut.

Following an investigation into the circumstances of the case, a warrant for the member’s arrest was issued, which was executed yesterday.
Andre Traut says corruption and crime will not be tolerated in their ranks.

“Corruption, or any crime for that matter will not be tolerated amongst our ranks, and we will not hesitate to arrest members of SAPS and prosecute them in a court of law,” says Traut.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

23 day old Haitian baby found unharmed in destroyed house

By Kim Saulse
21 January 2010

Rescuers pulled a three week old baby girl alive, healthy and unharmed from the rubble of a house more than a week after it was destroyed in Haiti's devastating earthquake.

French rescuers found the girl in a hollow beneath the ruins of the house, after spending five hours trying the get through to her.

The baby's uncle told a French radio station Elisabeth was 23 days old.

Balanced investment in infrastructure needed at Eskom, city says

By Ofentse Mokae
20 January 2010

During their hearings conducted at the Good Hope Centre in the city today, energy regulator NERSA heard concerns and received submissions regarding Eskom’s application for a tariff increase.

This forms part of the energy regulator’s country-wide hearings on Eskom’s application for electricity price increase over the next three years.

These hearings are held in addition to the call for written submissions on the tariff increase.

On top of the city’s written submission, Cape Town deputy Mayor Alderman Ian Neilson presented the municipality’s concerns regarding the tariff increase.

Neilson warned against an abnormally high infrastructure investment to increase generation capacity at Eskom.

Nielson said this is to the detriment of investment in other services or infrastructure and in other spheres of government.

“If investment in infrastructure is not balanced across all services, the shift of funding away from investment in other services would cause these services to hinder future economic growth,” Neilson said.

Neilson also warned that tariffs for the poor or those using a smaller amount of power must not be artificially suppressed.

Meanwhile the city’s mayoral committee member for Utility services Alderman Clive Justus, urged residents to consider solar water heater installation which could save up to 30% of the electricity usage in an average household while reducing harmful carbon emissions.

“This is because a traditional electrical geyser uses between 30% and 50% of all power consumed in the home,” Justus said.

R37 000 worth of fines issued in Philippi-East

By Khanyisa Tabata
20 January 2010

Traffic fines to the value of R37 000 were issued in Philippi-East over the weekend and the beginning of the week.

Police spokesperson Inspector Nondumiso Paul says 43 people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, 11 arrested for various crimes which include possession of dagga and mandrax.

“The reason we are doing all of these operations around the area is to show people we are really we take our job very serious.

“We are trying to cut down the number of fatalities caused by drunk drivers, and also the violence that usually goes with that”, said Inspector Nondumiso Paul.

Paul also appealed to the community to work together with the police so that those who are breaking the law can be brought into book.

We will continue with this kind of operations to make Philippi-East community a more crime free area, added Paul.

Woman's body found in suitcase in Strand

By Khanyisa Tabata
20 January 2010

The body of a 65 year old has been found under her bed on a suit case in Strand. The suit case was found hidden under her bed inside her flat at Welgeleegen Flats.

Police say the flat was ransacked draws and doors of the ward robes and cupboard were widely opened, clothes linen thrown on the floor.

“According to the neighbours she was last seen on Saturday. She was a well known pianist in the Welgeleegen Flats.

“We suspect that she could have been murdered on Sunday, because her body was about to decompose. The preliminary investigation indicates that she could have been choked to deprive her air to breathe”, said police spokesperson Inspector Olebogeng Godfrey Tawana.

Tawana added that this stage they are not sure what contents and the house belongings are missing or stolen from her house. A 25 year old woman from Table View has been arrested in connection with the murder.

She was arrested inside the deceased’s flat. The suspect wanted to withdraw R 2000. 00 from the deceased bank account fraudulently.
The arrested suspect will appear in the Strand magistrate’s court on Friday on charges of murder, theft and fraud

Police killed his wife before commits suicide

By Nomava Nobumba
20 January 2010

A police officer who shot three people and hijacked a number of vehicles in Nyanga area yesterday afternoon has committed suicide.

The 35 year old man allegedly killed his wife and dumped her body at his friends place in Khayelitsha.

After that incident he went to Gugulethu where he shot a man, leaving the victim injured.

In Phillippi the deceased wounded a man who is also a police officer while he hijacked his vehicle.

Police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi says they were notified about the incidents and gave chase.

“We saw the suspect busy hijacking a third vehicle,” she said.

The man killed himself before police can reach him.

“He shot himself once in the head” Sitshitshi said.

The officer was based at the Protection Unit in Cape Town.

Family seeks missing Mujaahid Salie

By Kim Saulse
20 January 2010

The family of 25 year old Mujaahid Salie, who has been missing since Monday, is requesting the assistance of the public in their search for him.

His sister, Maliekah, says he was wearing a pair of grey Levi jeans, a white T-shirt, red and white takkies and a white Nike peak cap.

The family resides in Grassy Park.

A missing persons docket has been registered at Grassy Park Police station.

“He was driving a white Nissan Sentra (box shape with a slant front) CA674-81. The front number plate is in the front window.

“He is 1.6m tall with hazel brown eyes and black hair. He has never been missing before or gone for this long without contacting me,” says Maliekah Salie, Mujaahid’s sister.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact 083 308 2901 or Grassy Park police on 021 700 3900.

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