Friday, December 31, 2010

An investigation launched into the IEB results leaked

Lusanda Bill
31 December 2010

An investigation is being launched by the Independent Examinations Board.

The investigation is into how a group of learners in KwaZulu-Natal managed to access provisional exam results ahead of next week’s official release.

IEB chief executive, Ann Oberholzer says it is believed that the learners simply Googled their results by using a link from last year’s results website.

The IEB results are only due next week Tuesday while the rest of matrics will receive their results on Thursday.

Zimbabweans rush to Home Affairs to get processed

Lusanda Bill
31 December 2010

Thousands of Zimbabweans have flocked the Home Affairs to get processed today.

Any Zimbabweans, who do submit an application to legally stay in South Africa before 5pm today, face deportation.

The department has warned that there will be no extension of the deadline, but whoever is in the queue at 5pm will be helped.

Meanwhile a Zimbabwean national has been arrested for selling fake supporting documents near the Tshwane Event Centre in Pretoria.

Home Affairs said they received a tip-off about three Zimbabweans selling fake documents near the Pretoria Showground’s and authorities were called in, but only one man was arrested while two others fled on foot.

In Cape Town Home Affairs officials reported that they received more than 200,000 applications from Zimbabweans by close of business on Thursday.

Public servant strike played no part in decision to adjust the 2010 matric results

Lusanda Bill
31 December 2010

The Council of Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training, Umalusi, says a strike by public servants earlier this year played no part in a decision to adjust the 2010 matric results.

Head of Umalusi Sizwe Mabizela says the majority of learners were not affected when teachers joined the three-week strike earlier this year.

50 senior certificate subjects were written this year and only nine were adjusted up and ten were adjusted down.

The class of 2010 can expect their results next week Thursday.

ANC member says Majali was mistreated

Lusanda Bill
31 December 2010

The African National Congress’s executive member, Ngoako Ramatlhodi has stated that Sandile Majali was mistreated because of his selfless contributions to the ruling party.

Ngoako Ramatlhodi was speaking yesterday at the memorial service of Majali in Johannesburg.

Ramatlhodi said Majali was an example of what public opinion can do to an individual.

The controversial businessman was found dead in his Sandton hotel room on Boxing Day.

The family of Sandile Majali have initiated an investigation into his death.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sandile Majali’s funeral expected to be high profile

Lusanda Bill
30 December 2010

Controversial businessman Sandile Majali is expected to be given a high profile funeral on the 9th of January 2011 in Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape.

He was found dead on the 26th of December in his room at the Sandton Quatermain Hotel in Johannesburg.

His memorial service is expected to start at 3pm today at the Bryanston Methodist Church, Johannesburg.

Amongst the speakers that could possible be speaking at the funeral include the African National Congress’s Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Speakers for the funeral have not yet been finalised yet.

Fuel expected to increase in 2011

Lusanda Bill
30 December 2010

Motorist can expect an increase in fuel in the coming New Year.

The South African Petroleum Retailers Association says prices of all grades of petrol are expected to increase by 20 cents to 25 cents a litre next week Wednesday.

The cost of diesel and paraffin will also climb by about 20 cents a litre.

Association head Peter Noke said “I believe that we could face some shortages or two. I think its national prices are also going to rise. So I think motorists need to brace themselves for a tough time ahead”.

Missing Adult Alert:Nawahl Abrahams

Missing Child Found:Kirsten Muller

Public urged to be careful of the gusting south-easterly winds

Lusanda Bill
30 December 2010

People in Cape Town will have to endure the strong, gusting south-easterly winds for a few more days.

City of Cape Town spokesperson, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, says the city's disaster risk management centre and fire and rescue services are advising the public to take safety measures against wind damage and to be alert about fire safety.

The public is being urged not to attempt to make fires during this time, especially not in areas where the risk is very high. The strong winds are favourable for runaway fires.

For any emergency the public can report 107 from a Telkom line, for cellphone users can contact 021 480 7700.

Police searching for a man who assaulted his wife

Lusanda Bill
30 December 2010

Police are on a search for a man who allegedly assaulted his wife and set his house on fire while his children were sleeping inside.

Police's Joey Jeevan says the wife and her husband apparently had an argument when she left the house and went to her relatives' home about 100 metres away.

Her husband followed her and then fired a shot at her, but missed. He then assaulted her before allegedly going back to the house, set it alight and fled from the scene.

The woman has been identified as Hlengiwe Zuke; she sustained open wounds to her head and body.

The three children who were in the house when the house was set alight escaped unharmed.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

PetroSA to claim from Sandile Majali’s estate

Lusanda Bill
29 December 2010

Petro South Africa wants back the millions of rands it is owed by the late controversial businessman Sandile Majali.

PetroSA's spokesperson Thabo Mabaso has confirmed that there is still an argument between them and Majali's company, Imvume Management.

It is alleged that Majali still owes PetroSA more than 5-million-Rand from the 15-million-Rand PetroSA paid as a down payment to Imvume Management for a crude oil supply deal in 2004.

The company is planning to claim from Majali’s estate in order to get back its money.

Foul play ruled out in Masiphumelele shack fires

Lusanda Bill
29 December 2010

Investigators in Cape Town have ruled out arson as a cause of two shack fires in Masiphumelele, near Fish Hoek.

On Tuesday afternoon several homes were destroyed and hundreds of families left homeless.

In the same area on Sunday 50 people were left homeless when their homes also caught fire.

Police’s Nkosikho Mzuki said “After the initial investigation, we ruled out arson based on the fact that most of the people who were interviewed, couldn’t give us detailed information that points to arson”.

At the scene two people were also arrested for stealing copper cables.

Festive season road death expected to reach 1 000

Lusanda Bill
29 December 2010

An indication by the Road Traffic Management Corporation suggests that there has been an increase in 2010's festive season death toll.

The initial figures show that more than 900 people have died on the roads already; the number is expected to reach 1000 soon.

Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesperson Ashref Ismail said “we expected a 50-percent reduction in road deaths, because of the good track record during the World Cup, but it seems that this is not the case”.

Missing Child Found: Monique Riet

Missing Adult Found: Markus Knopf

Search continues for the body of the detached arm found at a golf course

Lusanda Bill
29 December 2010

Police are still searching for a body that belongs to a detached arm that was found at the Irene Country Club in Pretoria.

The detached arm was found by a caretaker near the 11th hole of the golf course.

Police spokesperson Marinda Swanepoel says the arm is with forensic investigators.

Police spent most of yesterday searching for a body and the search has continued this morning, to find the body that the arm belongs to.

Motorists could lose their driving licence

Lusanda Bill
29 December 2010

The transport department is going hard after reckless and drunk drivers.

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele says motorists may go into the New Year, with a suspended licence if they continue to disobey the rules.

Ndebele says first-time offenders can have their licences suspended for six-months, in addition to a fine and jail time. Second- and third-time offenders could see their road privileges revoked for five- and ten-years respectively.

As part of the Make Roads Safe campaign and the New Rolling Enforcement Plan during the week from the 20th to the 27th of December 2010, more than 280 000 vehicles and drivers were stopped and checked.

Thousands of fines issued for various traffic offences; more than 560 drunk drivers were arrested and more than 50 drivers arrested for speeding.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A man wanted by the Woodstock police

Lusanda Bill
28 December 2010

The Woodstock police are searching for a male aged 45-years-old that can assist with the investigation of seven robbery incidents.

These seven robbery incidents occurred at the Liesbeeck Park between June and November 2010.

It has been alleged that the suspect pretended to be a music instructor, in order to lure his victims from the Cape Town Gardens and robbed them at the Liesbeeck Park in Observatory.

All the victims he lured were males.

The suspect threatens the victims at knife point and robs them of cellular phones, cash and valuable items, and runs away from the scene on foot.

Police have stated that the man is known as Billy McCarthy, dark in complexion, and is believed to be from the Lavender Hill area.

Police are urging anyone who has any information to contact investigation officer, Constable Eugene Swanson on 021- 4862863 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Metro Police hard at work over the festive season

Lusanda Bill
28 December 2010

Cape Town Metro Police were hard at work over the long Christmas weekend.

The Metro Police arrested three people, confiscated 1-point-3 kilograms of tik and recovered a stolen vehicle.

Two suspects were arrested after police found Tik and more than three-hundred-thousand-Rands in their possession.

A stolen Volvo yesterday morning was found after police got a tip-off, a man who was in possession of the car keys was arrested.

Missing Adult Alert: Jeremy Johnson

Majali’s family appoints an independent pathologist

Lusanda Bill
28 December 2010

The family of controversial businessman Sandile Majali have appointed an independent pathologist to examine the businessman’s body.

Sandile Majali was found dead in his room at the Sandton Quatermain Hotel in Johannesburg on Sunday morning.

The businessman recently made headlines when he was arrested for allegedly attempting to take over the board of mineral company, Kalahari Resources.

Majali was due to make a court appearance before the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on the 18th of January.

Police are still waiting on the results of tests that were done on medication that was found in Majali’s room.

An 11-percent increase in travelers in and out of SA

Lusanda Bill
28 December 2010

The number of people who are travelling in and out of South Africa has increased by 11-percent.

The Home Affairs Department says more than two-point-65-million people travelled into or out of South Africa between the 1st and the 23rd of this month.

Department spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa says they have strengthened the number of officials at South Africa’s borders to facilitate this increase in traveller movement.

The roads in the country are increasingly getting busier with some of the busiest roads include the N1 between Pretoria and Polokwane, the N4 between Pretoria and Nelspruit, and the N3 between Johannesburg and Durban.

Monday, December 27, 2010

High fire danger in Cape Peninsula as heat continues

Lusanda Bill
27 December 2010

A fire warning has been issued by the SA Weather Service in the Cape Peninsula, as another hot day sends thousands of visitors and locals alike to picnic sites and the beaches.

700 full-time fire fighters are on duty at 29 fire stations on standby across the city.

Then there are the additional 116 seasonal fire fighters to assist with bush and vegetation fires.

Spokesperson for the City’s Disaster Risk Management Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says the extreme hot conditions are favourable for runaway fires and Disaster response teams are on heightened alert.

Police wait on medical test for Sandile Majali

Lusanda Bill
27 December 2010

Police officials are waiting on tests that were conducted on medicine found in the hotel room of businessman Sandile Majali.

Controversial businessman Sandile Majali was found dead in his room at the Sandton Quatermain Hotel in Johannesburg on Sunday morning.

Gauteng police spokesperson, Lieutenant Lungelo Dlamini, said they are waiting for the department of health to give them its findings which will inform the direction the investigation will take.

Police are now investigating the incident.

Missing Child Alert: Monique Riet

Anni Dewani’s medical report leaked

Lusanda Bill
27 December 2010

A medical report suggesting tourist Anni Dewani was killed in cold blood in Cape Town has been leaked.

The leaked medical report also suggests that Anni was in no way sexually assaulted.

Dewani was murdered in what was initially thought to be a hijacking, but after further investigation and arrests, it is alleged that her husband Shrien paid to have her killed.

On Friday extradition papers by the department of justice have been processed.

This move by the department of justice is clearing the way for the extradition from the United Kingdom of the murder accused.

Zuma urges South Africans to fight poverty

Lusanda Bill
27 December 2010

President Jacob Zuma speaking at a gathering in Mpendle the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands urged South Africans to stand up and fight poverty.

Zuma said communities should form themselves into groups and be part of government's poverty improvement programmes.

Mpendle is one of many areas in the country that has a high level of unemployment and most people are surviving on social grants.

President Zuma says funds are available to help organised groups who want to start projects to uplift themselves.

Law enforcement officers still on high alert on the roads

Lusanda Bill
27 December 2010

Motorist have been warned by the Road Traffic Management Co-operation that law enforcement officers will continue to monitor all the routes across the country for the rest of the festive season.

Traffic numbers have since dropped on most of the major national roads in the country.

The death toll since the start the festive season has risen to over 900.

Spokesperson Ashraf Ismael said “there is a certain percentage of motorists that chose to ignore the messages and the interventions that government set in place and for them”.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Public urged to be careful when dealing with flammable objects

Lusanda Bill
26 December 2010

The public has been urged to be very carefully when dealing with flammable objects.

This comes after a shack fire in Johannesburg on Saturday destroyed hundreds of homes leaving many displaced.

Emergency Management Services spokesperson Synoch Matabago said, “People need to be more self conscious and very self vigilant when it comes to fire safety. They need to switch off all their electrical appliances when they are not at home and those who are using candles must make sure they blow it out.”

The majority of the fires after being investigated have been found that the they were caused by negligence.

Four men arrested for robbery in Cape Town

Lusanda Bill
26 December 2010

Four suspects have been arrested today in Cape Town. The four suspects robbed a café in the Central Business District in Cape Town.

The suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of money and airtime.

The flying squad managed to catch and arrest the four suspects.

Police spokesperson Ezra October said nobody was injured.

A man killed in a shack fire in Khayelitsha

Lusanda Bill
26 December 2010

Another shack fire has claimed the life of a man in Khayelitsha on Saturday night.

Cape Town Fire Service said ten wood-and-iron structures were gutted in the Endlovini informal settlement of Harare.

40 people were left homeless because of the fire and they all found shelter with family members and friends.

The cause of the fire is still not known but an investigation is underway.

Lifeguards on high alert on Cape Town beaches today

Lusanda Bill
26 December 2010

Cape Town beaches are expected to be extremely busy on this Boxing Day or Day of Goodwill.

Most families around the country celebrate this day by going to the beach.

Lifeguards on the Cape Town beaches are on a high alert of rescuing children who have been swept out to sea.

About 200 lifeguards will be on duty along the coastline.

Lifesaving Western Province spokesperson Keith Matthews said “It is predicted that today will be much busier than we had on Christmas Day”.

Two girls killed in a car accident in the Eastern Cape

Lusanda Bill
26 December 2010

An accident in the Eastern Cape has claimed the lives of two young girls and injured one girl this morning.

A car lost control and smashed into the two girls today.

The accident happened on the road between Port St Johns and Flagstaff.

Arrive Alive spokesperson Tsepo Machaea said the driver apparently lost control of his car and hit three girls who were walking on the pavement.

The girl who was injured was immediately rushed to St Elizabeth hospital in Lusikisiki.

Cape Peninsula blast still being investigated

Lusanda Bill
26 December 2010

Police in the Western Cape are still investigating an incident which took place in Athlone in the Cape Pensinsula.

Yesterday an unknown device exploded in front of a suspected drug house.

A number of windows of surrounding houses were shattered, but no injuries or deaths were reported.

Police are now asking anyone with information to contact their nearest police station.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Drugs worth R15 000 found

By Jurina Nkwazi
25 December 2010

On Friday, Delft police found drugs worth R15 000 during a police raid in Cape Town.

“During our raid operation police searched a known outlet in Nippon Street and found the drugs hidden behind a cabinet,” Warrant Officer Daniel Saywer said.

71 sachets containing tik and one sachet of Unga, with a street value of R15 000 was confiscated.

Gauteng tobacco factory fire under control

By Jurina Nkwazi
25 December 2010

The fire that destroyed a tobacco factory in Roodekop in Gauteng has been brought under control.

Ekurhuleni Emergency Services spokesperson Rogers Mamaila said, “Fire-fighters manage to stop the fire from spreading to other factories in the area.

Two fire-fighters sustained minor injuries when hot ashes splashed on them.

They were taken to Union Hospital.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Cape Town boy choked to death

By Jurina Nkwazi
25 December 2010

The body of a nine-year-old-boy and his dad was found in their Tafelsig on Friday evening.

The boy was allegedly badly beaten and choked to death while it appears as if his father tried to commit suicide.

Police spokesperson Constable Voegt said, “They were declared dead on the scene.”

A murder docket has been opened.

Western Cape roads leaves three dead

By Jurina Nkwazi
25 December 2010

About three people have died, including an 18 month-old-baby in three separate accidents involving minibus-taxi’s in the Western Cape.

A baby died when a taxi overturned this morning on the N1 near Prins Albert.

Meanwhile, one person died last night when a minibus taxi overturned between Ladismith en Barrydale in the Eden District. Four are in a serious condition while 13 sustained minor injuries.

In another accident, a minibus and bakkie collision has left one dead and five injured.

The passengers in the bakkie escaped unharmed.

All three accidents involved minibus-taxi’s.

100 homes destroyed in shack fire

By Jurina Nkwazi
25 December 2010

About a hundred homes have been destroyed in Denver last night in Johannesburg.

Emergency services spokesperson Synock Mamatobako said, “They are not sure how many people are displaced because most people aren't around because they have gone home for Christmas.”

“An assessment will be done on Saturday to determine the extend of the damage,” Mamatobako said.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Missing Person Alert: Noncedile Masikizi

Missing Person Alert:Elizabeth and Mecelle Parrott

Missing Person Alert: Lezandra Koen

Missing Person Alert: Marcus Eugene

Missing Person Alert: Sithembile Lavis

Friday, December 24, 2010

Home Affairs uncover passport syndicate

By Lelethu Mquqo
24 December 2010

The Home Affairs Anti-Corruption Task Team has broken a passport stealing syndicate operating in Gauteng and Limpopo.

Four people, three of whom are home affairs officials, have been arrested within the last 24 hours.

One suspect was arrested at the Akasia Home Affairs office, one in Soshanguve and the female official was arrested with her son in Makhado.

Spokesperson for Home Affairs, Ronnie Mamoepa, says the four allegedly facilitated the illegal sale of South African passports to Pakistanis.

This allowed the Pakistanis to travel unrestricted to the rest of the world via South Africa.

Meanwhile, Bonuses for home affairs officials are being reviewed and not cancelled.

Mamoepa says the bonuses have not been called off, but a review of the recommendations made so far is underway.

Mamoepa was responding to claims that the bonuses were cancelled because too many officials were in line to receive them.

He says a bonus is not a right, but rather a mechanism to encourage staff.

City warns of Wildevoelvlei

By Lelethu Mquqo
24 December 2010

The City of Cape Town’s Health authorities have warned people to stay away from the Wildevoelvlei in the Noordhoek valley because of its high concentration of toxic algae.

A statement released by the City Health says no contact must be made with the body of water.

It says Wildevoelvlei has a well-established algae population which could increase radically during the warm summer months.

The statement says this is the reason for the current green pea-soup colour of the water.

Exposure to the algae could cause eye irritation, skin rashes, mouth ulcers, diarrhoea and flu-like symptoms.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Papers for the extradition submitted

By Lelethu Mquqo
23 December 2010

The National Prosecuting Authority has submitted papers for the extradition of British murder-accused Shrien Dewani to the South African justice department.

NPA spokesperson, Mthunzi Mhaga, told media that they believe the papers that have been submitted to the department of justice is in order and will convince the court to grant them the extradition.

Mhaga says the NPA is confident that in a reasonable time, they will have Dewani in South Africa

Dewani is accused of paying to have his wife killed in a staged hijacking in Cape Town.

He was granted bail in Britain after his arrest earlier this month.

An appeal to road users

By Lelethu Mquqo
23 December 2010

The Ministry of Transport says the road death toll on South African roads is still a huge concern.

While Law Enforcement agencies around the country are doing their best to combat lawlessness on the road, the department says they know they cannot be omni-present.

They are appealing to road users especially motorists and pedestrians to exercise caution and use the roads responsibly and avoid the unnecessary loss of lives that the country is experiencing during this festive season.

Man believed to have shot policemen in hospital

By Lelethu Mquqo
23 December 2010

The man believed to be involved in the killing of two policemen in Soweto was shot in Johannesburg after being pulled over for questioning.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini, says the police tried to stop the car yesterday but the suspect produced his firearm, jumped out of the car and was shot in the stomach while he was running from the police.

The man has been taken to hospital and will be charged for murder.

Two policemen were shot dead in a Meadowlands hostel whilst on patrol on Sunday.

Police have been raiding several hostels in Soweto, arresting 16 people yesterday.

Earlier, the Inkatha Freedom Party slammed police for harassing residents and injuring some while they were conducted the raids at the hostels.

National Police Commissioner, Bheki Cele, says those unhappy about the police's behaviour should raise their concerns with the Independent Complaints Directorate.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Police raids turn disastrous

By Lelethu Mquqo
22 December 2010

Two police constables from Nyanga were arrested for stealing liquor after a shebeen raid.

Nyanga police spokesperson Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi, says the officials allegedly raided a shebeen in Samora Machel and then drove to the police station and loaded the confiscated alcohol into their private cars.

Members of the community reported the incident and they were arrested.

The men will appear in the Philippi Magistrate's Court today.

Meanwhile, the Inkatha Freedom Party has condemned the acts of police during hostel raids in Soweto.

IFP spokesperson Vincent Shange, says the IFP strongly believes that the community has to protect the South African Police Service, but it is also their duty to protect them.

The IFP has slammed the killing of the two police officers at the Mzimhlophe hostel on Sunday, but say the police are now harassing the hostel residents and people are being injured and admitted to hospitals.

One person dies and another seriously injured in an accident

By Lelethu Mquqo
22 December 2010

One person died another critically injured in a collision on the R56 about 20km outside of Kokstad.

Emergency personnel were called out to the accident scene and found three vehicles involved in a collision.

One vehicles was lying on its roof and the structure been torn away on impact.

The driver of the vehicle was found trapped underneath the mangled wreckage of the vehicle and paramedics declared him dead at the scene.

A female occupant, who is believed to have been a passenger in the car that overturned, was found 30 meters from the accident scene.

She is in a critical condition after sustaining serious head trauma

4 million vehicles stopped and checked

By Lelethu Mquqo
22 December 2010

The National Transport Department says as part of the rolling enforcement plan, it has stopped at least four million vehicles since October.

This gives each province a target to reach in terms of how many vehicles they stop each month.

Initial figures suggest that the death toll on the country’s roads for the festive season stands at over two-hundred.

Department spokesperson Logan Maistry says they are also increasing operations targeting public transport vehicles.

Malema declares Youth Festival a success

By Lelethu Mquqo
22 December 2010

African National Congress Youth League leader, Julius Malema, deemed the World Festival for Youth and Students a resounding success.

The Festival was concluded yesterday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Malema thanked the government and the National Lottery for funding the event at a cost of 69-million-Rands.

Organisers of the Festival have been heavily criticised over its price tag, and over the apparent lack of organisation at the event.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Missing people alert

Man fights for hi life after an accident

By Lelethu Mquqo
21 December 2010

A man was critically injured last night when a minibus taxi he was traveling in collided with an articulated truck on the M1 Higginson Highway near Havenside.

The South African Police Force has opened an investigation to find out what might have caused the accident.

Netcare 911 paramedics at the scene had to free a passenger stuck in the wreckage in the front of the taxi using the Jaws of Life.

Once freed the man was treated and stabilised at the scene before he was transported by ambulance to the R. K. Khan Memorial Hospital.

Isaac Amuah gets bail

By Lelethu Mquqo
21 December 2010

saac Amuah has been granted bail of R500 000 in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court after turning himself in over the weekend.

Amuah, who is a former a former professor at Manchester Community Technical College, faces charges of sexual assault.

He left Connecticut 12 years ago after being accused of sexually assaulting a 34-year-old student, but he denies all charges against him.

Amuah is married to Nelson Mandela's oldest daughter, Makaziwe.

His next court appearance is on 11 February next year and he now faces being extradited to the United States.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Major boost for fight against Aids and TB

By Lelethu Mquqo
20 December 2010

Health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, says South Africa has received a major boost to fight Aids, TB and Malaria.

Motsoaledi says the Global Fund has approved a total of up to 300-million-dollars funding for South Africa over a period of five years for prevention, treatment and care of Aids and TB.

He says the grant is the highest amount received from the Global Fund as yet and for the first time also covers Aids treatment. An amount of 10-million-dollars has also been set aside for the strengthening of health systems.

Meanwhile, 8 000 babies have died between in the first five months of this year (1 January and 31 May 2010).

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Motsoaledi said more than 4 000 children under the age of a year died at national level.

He says with the newborns added, a total of 8 000 deaths were recorded.

Motsoaledi says some of the main causes of death are pneumonia, diarrhoea, prematurely and malnutrition

Chaos at the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students

By Lelethu Mquqo
20 December 2010

Police had to be called in to stop clashes between delegates from Morocco and Western Sahara at the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students in Pretoria yesterday.

The clashes apparently took place at the festival's "Anti-Imperialist Court".

According to the chairman of the National Youth Development Agency, Andile Lungisa, the court was presiding over matters of imperialism against countries.

However, Lungisa defended the clashes saying slogans were shouted and voices were high, but the police were not called in.

Govermnet probes into 50 vehicle testing stations

Lusanda Bill
20 December 2010

An investigation is underway into more than 50 vehicle testing.

Governmnet’s investigation is based on the 20,00 fraudulent roadworthy certificates that have been issued.

The probe was triggered by a dossier given to Minister of Transport S'bu Ndebele three weeks ago by a group of whistle-blowers from the National Vehicle Testing Association and the National Traffic Information System (eNatis).

It has been reported that some of the death traps unroadworthy vehicles account for 80% of all road accidents each year.

Statistics released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) showed that 170 people had died in road accidents since December 1st.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cleaning operations underway after floods

Lusanda Bill
19 December 2010

Clean up operations are well underway in several past of the West Coast after severe flooding in the area.

Towns such as Lutzville were destroyed by the floods earlier this week.

The floods left one person dead and over 250 people displaced; now all of the displaced residents have now returned home.

Western Cape Social Development Department spokesperson Richard Macdonald said they have started the process of getting things back to normal.

Government to be hard on employers

Lusanda Bill
19 December 2010

Minister of Labour Nelisiwe Mildred Oliphant is going to apply pressure on employers to radically redesign the workplace.

The Labour Department have put forward four Bills and if the Bills are passed then it will mean that state surveillance in the corporate world will be largely increased.

Minister Oliphant wants amongst other things to force employers to permanently hire staff instead of giving them rolling contracts, equal pay for equal work, and establishing a state employment agency in which every private sector job vacancy and every new employee will have to be listed.

If companies do not follow these requirements then those companies could face a fine up to ten percent of their annual turnover.

A baby drowns in a 20-litre drum of water

Lusanda Bill
19 December 2010

A toddler in the Eastern Cape in Addo has drowned in a 20-litre drum of water.

It is alleged that his mother was intoxicated and was sleeping at the time of the incident.

Apparently a friend of the mother's arrived at the house and found Randall Louw in the drum. She could not waken the mother and had to run to the neighbours for help.

Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Priscilla Naidu said "according to the neighbours, the couple's five-year-old son died about five months ago due to natural causes. An inquest docket was being investigated".

A fire in the Western Cape leaves one person dead

Lusanda Bill
19 December 2010

A wild fire in the Western Cape has claimed the lives of one person and has left six people displaced.

Today one person died when a blaze devastated shacks in Strand and in Langa five shacks were burnt and left six people displaced.

Disaster Management spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said, “Disaster Management is on scene this morning assessing the affected parties with the necessary disaster relief aids.”

The causes of the fires in the two instances are unknown but an investigation is underway.

Police on high alert in Knsyna

Lusanda Bill
19 December 2010

Police are on high alert in the holiday resort town of Knsyna on the Garden Route.

This comes after last weekend police busted a 380-million rands drug bust, which shocked residents.

A police spokesperson said holidaymakers will notice police marine patrols on the famous lagoon this year, following the drug bust.

Residents in the area reported suspicious activity which was happening aboard a luxury, Chinese-owned boat next to an upmarket waterfront apartment.

Police have since arrested five Chinese nationals and they have already appeared in court.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Two officers killed in the same week

Lusanda Bill
18 December 2010

The Department of Correctional Services have released a statement stating that two correctional services officers were killed this week in the country.

Officer Jannie Brits was gunned down yesterday at his residence in Witbank Correctional Centre in Mpumalanga. He was shot and critically wounded but he later died in hospital.

Also in the same week another officer was killed by an offender serving a life sentence.

The offender has since been re-arrested and will be charged with murder and escaping from lawful custody.

Cope’s youth members want Mosiuoa Lekota to be expelled

Lusanda Bill
18 December 2010

The Youth members of the Congress of the People are calling on Mosiuoa Lekota to be expelled from Cope.

This comment comes from the criticism of Cope not being able to hold its first elective general congress.

Cope’s youth members also want Deidre Carter, Smuts Ngonyama, Phillip Dexter and Thozamile Botha to be expelled for bring the party into disrupte.

National Secretary Malusi Booi said "We believe that Mr Lekota and his cohorts can go and form their organisation if they feel so because everyone joins an organisation voluntarily."

Cope’s attempt at holding a second elective congress was spoiled by violence between supporters of Mosiuoa Lekota and Mbhazima Shilowa.

An accident leaves one person dead and three injured

Lusanda Bill
18 December 2010

A man has died and three people were left injured after two cars collided into a lamp post.

The accident happened on the R24 east after the Edenvale offramp.

One person died on the scene and the three injured were all rushed to a nearby hospital.

Inspector Mveli Nhlapo said the accident was caused by speeding and it was suspected that all four men had been under the influence of alcohol.

A case of reckless driving and negligence, as well as culpable homicide, would be opened.

Urgent appeal for blood donors to come forward

Lusanda Bill
18 December 2010

The South African National Blood Services is appealing to people to come forward and donate blood.

At the moment the stock of blood for the festive season is running dangerously low.

The blood services say there is more than a 50 percent shortage in stock, which will not be enough for the holiday period.

Some three thousand units of blood are required on a daily basis and they are not getting nearly near that amount in donations.

Two people die in Gauteng floods

Lusanda Bill
18 December 2010

The Johannesburg emergency authorities have stated that two people have been killed by the recent heavy rains and at least 1000 displaced.

Cleaning personnel have already started the cleaning operations in numerous places.

Alexandra, the Buccleuch Interchange, the corner of Rivonia and Witkoppen roads in Sunninghill, some parts of the R59 on the Vereeniging road and some parts of the West Rand near Florida lake are being watched closely by emergency personnel as these areas have been declared danger areas.

Motorists have been warned to drive with caution when travelling in these danger areas.

Many of the people that have been left homeless by the heavy rains have found shelter in community halls.

Friday, December 17, 2010

TV Presenter’s son dies in Gauteng floods

By Jurina Nkwazi
17 December 2010

SABC 2 documentary presenter Danielle Black’s son has drowned in the Groot Marico River in the North West last night.

The four-year-old, his brother and dad were swept away by the river.

Black and his family was on holiday at a resort on the river when the chalet was flooded.

Police spokesperson Lesego Metsi says, “It is believed that Black lost his grip on his youngest son and his 12-year-old son clung to furniture to stay above water.”

The boy’s body was found several kilometres downstream.

Jub Jub murder trial postponed

By Jurina Nkwazi
17 December 2010

The murder trial of musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye have been postponed to February 8 in the Protea Magistrate's Court today.

Selina Dasheka testified today that she could not recognise her neighbour's child.

Dasheka witnessed the accident where four Soweto school children were killed in March by the celebrity.

He had allegedly been hit by Jub Jub's car when he and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala were racing in their Mini Coopers.

They face several charges, including murder and being under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The accused pleaded not guilty.

Cape shack fire claims three

By Jurina Nkwazi
17 December 2010

Two adults and a child have died in a shack fire in Kensington, Cape Town.

About eight shacks were destroyed during the blaze.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

Missing Person Alert: Markus Knopf

Eston farm worker severely burned

By Jurina Nkwazi
17 December 2010

A 43-year-old farm worker was severely injured when a gas cylinder exploded on a farm in Eston this morning.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks says the cause of the accident is not yet known but the man sustained 40% burns on his face, back and arms when the cylinder exploded.

The man was working with the cylinder on the farm near Pietermaritzburg when it exploded.

Banks said, "Advanced life support intervention was performed and burn shields had to be placed onto the affected areas.”

He was transported to Pietermaritzburg Medi-Clinic.

Cope cause disruptions at NYDA

By Jurina Nkwazi
17 December 2010

The National Youth Development Agency has condemned the disturbance of Cope members at the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students.

NYDA spokesperson Andile Lungisa said hundreds of Cope members stormed the venue under false pretences.

Cope members attempted to use part of the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria to have their own conference.

But police managed to bring the situation under control and removed them from the venue.

6 killed in Laingsburg minibus crash

By Jurina Nkwazi
16 December 2010

A minibus that collided with a car has left 6 people dead near Laingsburg this morning.

Four of the five family members from Phillipi who was in the car died on the scene including a passenger from the minibus.

The car was travelling from Cape Town to the Eastern Cape

It is alleged that the minibus left its lane and faced the on coming traffic.

The driver and a passenger of the minibus as well as a member of the deceased family survived.

The injured were taken to Tygerberg and Worcester Hospital.

A case of culpable homicide has been opened.

14 die in Eastern Cape circumcision

By Jurina Nkwazi
17 December 2010

About 14 have died in the Eastern Cape since the start of the summer circumcision season.

The most recent deaths were reported in Qumbu and Cofimvaba, Transkei.

Among the dead is a 19-year-old who died after circumcising himself with a knife in Butterworth on Tuesday.

The deaths are attributed to untreated infection of the wound, or to dehydration and attendant complications.

Two suspects to appear in court for murder

By Lelethu Mquqo
17 December 2010

Two suspects, a 21-year-old man and his 38-year-old mother are expected to appear in the Pinetown Regional Court near Durban today in connection with the death of eight members of the Mabhida family at Marianhill on Monday.

The Hawks suspect a long-standing dispute between neighbours could have led to the killings.

An elderly member of the family of one of the two people arrested died of suspected poisoning some time ago.

The death might have been blamed on the Mabhida family.

Flooding leaves families stranded

By Lelethu Mquqo
17 December 2010

Severe flooding on the West Coast has left more than 250 people displaced.

The communities of Ebenezer, Vredendal North and Lutzville have been the hardest hit.

Western Cape social development MEC Patricia de Lille will visit the Matzikama municipal area today.

Officials are rendering support to affected families.

Meanwhile, yesterday’s severe flooding in parts of Gauteng was followed by widespread power outages in Johannesburg and Pretoria last night.

Flooding was especially severe along the Klipspruit in Soweto and the Jukskei River in Randburg.

Around 1200 families in Orlando East are being assisted by the Gift of the Givers organisation.

11 people die in taxi accident

By Lelethu Mquqo
17 December 2010

A minibus taxi accident claimed the lives of eleven people including a child in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday.

The driver of the minibus apparently lost control of his vehicle and it overturned on the R-34 near Utrecht.

Meanwhile, in the Eastern Cape, four people died in two different accidents near Kei Bridge.

While conveying his condolences, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said more than three-million vehicles and drivers had been stopped and checked since October.

Ndebele said more than a million fines were issued for various traffic offences across South Africa.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

NYDA welcomes R69m audit

By Jurina Nkwazi
16 December 2010

The National Youth Development Agency has welcomed calls for an audit into the R69m event today.

In addition, the agency has also defended the 17th World Youth Festival from criticism received by the media.

NYDA Chairperson Andile Lungisa said in a statement said he emphasized the fact that there was no reporting on some venues being full and on the robust discussions taking place.

“I want to emphasise that no sessions have been cancelled because there are no speakers and none of the speakers cancelled their attendance,” he said.

“The festival is going ahead as planned and focus should be on the content,” says Lungisa.

Sithole removed as spokesperson

By Jurina Nkwazi
16 December 2010

Mpumalanga premier spokesperson Mabutho Sithole has been removed from his post following the alleged claims that he bribed a journalist.

On Friday, City Press journalist Sizwe Sama Yende laid a charge of corruption against Sithole who allegedly paid him R5 000 to drop a corruption story involving Mabuza.

Sama Yende was to publish a story on a R230m tender to supply farms with equipment.

Exams scripts marked

By Jurina Nkwazi
16 December 2010

The Basic Education Department says the process of marking Grade 12 final exam papers has been completed.

A total of 127 marking centres operated in the country with about 39-thousand markers.

The department will hand the papers over to quality assurer Umalusi to take over on the 24th of this month to check preliminary results.

Matrics are expected to receive their results on January 6 next year.

Fuel shortages monitored

By Jurina Nkwazi
16 December 2010

Motorists around the country have assured that the fuel shortages experienced in a number of inland areas are being closely monitored.

The Department of Energy Spokesperson Ndivhuwo Khangale says a dedicated team is working non-stop to rectify the situation.

Khangale says the shortage of fuel in some inland areas was caused by the unplanned shutdown of some refineries.

Meanwhile, Engen have been importing fuel and are continuously making arrangements with other oil companies.

Roadlink accident leaves on dead

By Jurina Nkwazi
16 December 2010

A Roadlink bus that has overturned on the N1 highway in Kroonstad on Thursday has left one dead.

The bus carrying 45 passengers was apparently trying to avoid an oncoming truck.

Free State police spokesperson Maselela Langa said the woman, trapped in the wreckage, died on the scene.

The injured passengers were taken to the Kroon Private hospital.

Missing Person Alert: Rayno Galiep

Missing Person Alert: Ncumisa Smith

Missing Person Alert: Frederick Birkinshaw

Almost 200 killed on SA’s roads

By Jurina Nkwazi
16 December 2010

Almost 200 people have died on South Africa’s roads since the start of the December holidays.

Traffic officials are expecting a large amount of traffic as many people are about to go on holiday.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation Ashraf Ishmael said they have noticed many of the contributing factors to road accidents remain the same despite repeated warnings.

He said motorists are driving too fast and don’t keep a safe following distance.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Suitcase murder postponed

By Jurina Nkwazi
15 December 2010

The man who is charged with murdering a woman found in a suitcase in a river last month has been postponed in the Nigel Magistrate’s Court in Gauteng today.

Murder accused Willem Pretorius will remain in custody until the January, 11.

He was arrested after he reported his alleged wife, Xoliswa Ndlakuse, as missing.

Her relatives and children said the two were never married.

COSATU slams World Youth and Student Festival

By Jurina Nkwazi
15 December 2010

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has slammed the shambles at the World Youth and Student Festival in Pretoria.

A number of events gone wrong has angered the union at the festival thus far.

Guest speakers haven’t pitched, seven out of yesterday’s 18 seminars were cancelled and delegates complained of bad food, a lack of transport and poor accommodation arrangements.

COSATU says they are particularly upset with the National Lotteries Board who donated 40-million-Rands to the organisers.

The union has demanded a full audit on how the money was spent.

Cosatu says Lotto money comes overwhelmingly from workers and the poor who buy tickets in the hope of escaping from poverty.

Jub Jub and co-accused received no special treatment

By Jurina Nkwazi
15 December 2010

The Protea Magistrate's Court has heard today that Jub Jub Maarohanye were treated no differently from his co-accused Gideon Maseko on the accident scene.

This was the response from Constable Gideon Maseko to a question asked from Maarohanye's lawyer Ike Motloung.

“Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala's gestures led him to suspect that the two had been on drugs,” Maseko added.

The accused face several charges, including murder.

Four children in Soweto died when Jub Jub and his co-accused drag raced illegally in March.

Shrien Dewani in gay sex claims

By Jurina Nkwazi
15 December 2010

A German male prostitute have claimed that Shrien Dewani had gay sex sessions with him.

The 39-year-old escort said Shrien paid him for sex three times.

Meanwhile, he has denied all the allegations against him.

Shrien has been accused of being the master brain behind the death of his newly wed wife Anni Dewani who was murdered in Gugulethu on November 12.

Road users will be dealt with-Ndebele

By Jurina Nkwazi
15 December 2010

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has made it clear that motorists who don’t obey the law will be dealt with.

As part of the Safely Home Campaign, Ndebele made a call on road users to exercise extreme caution on the roads this festive season due to rainy weather conditions and poor visibility in various parts of the country.

“Traffic law enforcement will be intensified and traffic offenders can expect a no tolerance approach,” National Transport spokesperson Logan Maistry said.

Meanwhile, motorists who are found guilty of drunk, reckless or negligent driving will see the suspension of their license.

Possible bus service disruptions in Pretoria

By Lelethu Mquqo
15 December 2010

Pretoria commuters may face possible bus service disruptions after the suspension of 25 bus drivers, one workshop employee and one inspector on charges of fraud, theft and intimidation.

The Tshwane Metro Council says it intends suspending another 40 drivers next week.

Spokesperson Console Tleane says law enforcers are on high alert to prevent drivers from obstructing bus depots.

The suspensions follow two years of bus services marred by illegal strikes, intimidation of management and complaints by commuters.

Assurance to Zimbabweans in SA

By Lelethu Mquqo
15 December 2010

Home Affairs Minister Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma has given the assurance that no Zimbabweans will be deported until her department has processed all the applications for visas and permits.

Dlamini Zuma was speaking after a meeting with the Zimbabwean Stakeholder’s Forum in Pretoria.

The minister stated that the process was being slowed by the fact that the Zimbabwean government was incapable of producing more than 500 passports a day.

However, the end-of-the-month still remains the deadline for accepting visa applications from Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa.

Sasol gets R111 million fine

Lelethu Mquqo
15 December 2010

The Competition Commission has given Sasol a R111 million- fine for anticompetitive behaviour in its polymers unit.

The company admitted that a supply agreement with Safripol had resulted in indirect price fixing.

Sasol will pay more than a quarter of a billion Rands in fines after the Competition Tribunal formerly confirmed a settlement order in which it admitted to cartel conduct in the fertiliser industry.

It was also fined three-point-seven-billion-Rands by the European Commission for participating in a paraffin wax cartel in 2008.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cape mother strangles her newborn baby

By Jurina Nkwazi
14 December 2010

A 23-year-old Cape Town mother has allegedly strangled her newborn baby with a towel on Monday.

The mother was arrested at the Michael Mapongwane Hospital after the staff alerted the police about the incident.

Police spokesperson Nosiphiwo Mntengwane said the woman gave birth at home and arrived at the hospital later with the body of her infant.

She is currently being held at the Harare Police Station and will appear in the Khayelitsha court on Wednesday.

Exam script markings comes to an end

By Jurina Nkwazi
14 December 2010

The Basic Education department says all the exam scripts of the 2010 matriculants should all be marked by the end of the week.

About 642-thousand wrote their final year exams in South Africa.

"There have been no major disruptions during the marking process and all,” the Department said.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshegka has dismissed calls for more lenient marking of learners’ papers that don’t have English as home language.”

She says, “Adjusting results will not be a true reflection of pupils’ achievements.”

The matric results will be available on January 6.

7 die in Eastern Cape circumcision

By Jurina Nkwazi
14 December 2010

An 18-year-old young man has died at an initiation school in the Mount Fletcher area this morning.

His death brings the total of Eastern Cape circumcisions to seven.

Health department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo says, “A 19-year-old would-be initiate died at Waterfall village in the Mthatha while 12 others are being treated at Mthatha General Hospital after botched circumcisions.

MG granted access over Zim elections report

By Jurina Nkwazi
14 December 2010

South African newspaper Mail & Guardian, has won access to a report over Zimbabwe’s 2002 elections.

President Jacob Zuma was ordered by The Supreme Court of Appeal to hand over a controversial report on constitutional and legal issues regarding the poll this morning.

The report was kept secret and commissioned by former president Thabo Mbebi.

“The ruling underlines government’s duty to adhere to the principle of freedom of information,” Mail & Guardian editor Nick Dawes said.

Mom drowns as daughter looks on

By Jurina Nkwazi
14 December 2010

The National Sea Rescue Institute says a mother has drowned after saving her daughter at Mazeppa Bay on the Transkei Coast on Monday afternoon.

The woman went to save her 13-year-old daughter who swept out to sea while wading in only knee high water.

After saving her daughter she got into difficulty herself.

The shocked 13-year-old stayed on the beach while her 10-year-old sister ran to get help.

After an extensive search, the woman’s body was found washed up on the beach.

President sues Avusa

By Lelethu Mquqo
14 December 2010

Almost two years after the publication, President Jacob Zuma is suing Avusa Media for R5 million for Zapiro's Lady Justice rape cartoon.

President Zuma started actions against Avusa, the cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro and former Sunday Times Editor-in-chief Mondli Makhanya in an order issued in the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday.

The cartoon, portraying Zuma preparing to rape ‘Lady Justice’ included the president loosening his pants while SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande, Afican National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, and look on, saying "Go for it boss."

"No split in Cope"

By Lelethu Mquqo
14 December 2010

The Congress of the People has repeated the fact that there will be no formal discussion at its elective conference about a split in the party.

Reports have said that Cope was set to discuss a formal split today on the eve of its fourth attempt to hold an elective congress.

Party spokesperson Philip Dexter has denied this, saying the party is concentrating on preparing for its first elective conference in Pretoria.

It takes place two years after Cope’s founding conference in Bloemfontein.

South Africans are curbing their spending patterns

By Jurina Nkwazi
13 December 2010

According to a survey South Africans will be saving money instead of spending money over the festive season.

The survey also showed that most people will be using their money to reduce personal debt.

And almost 80 percent of South Africans have decided to save money by staying home over the festive break instead of going away on holiday.

About 443 people were part of the nationwide survey conducted last month by online consumer credit rating service provider, Kudough.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Search for abandoned baby’s parents

By Jurina Nkwazi
13 December 2010

Nyanga police are looking fore the parents of a new born baby boy who was found dumped in the bushes between in Philippi last week.

“A samaritan was walking between the bushes when he heard a noise of a baby crying,” the police’s Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi said.

The baby is alive and healthy at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

Anyone with information on the biological mother of the baby can contact detective Constable Medley on 074 6090 784, 021 380 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Prisoners escapes from PE hospital

By Jurina Nkwazi
13 December 2010

A police warder was shot after a prisoner who was brought in for x-rays escaped from the Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth.

“The prisoner asked permission to go to the toilet and managed to get his hands on a firearm, which had been smuggled into the hospital,” says police spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo.

He escaped with several accomplices in a getaway car.

The warder was shot in the pelvis and is in a stable condition.

Meanwhile, ten prisoners in Cape Town have been accounted for after the police vehicle they were travelling in overturned.

It is alleged that the prisoners tried to destabilise the vehicle as it went around a corner on it’s way to the Parow Magistrate’s Court.

The prisoners were allegedly taxi drivers who had been arrested last week and were due to appear in court for various traffic offences.

Donkey cart and car crash kills 5

By Jurina Nkwazi
13 December 2010

A crash between a car and donkey cart have killed five people in the North West.

All the deceased were from the donkey, including three children aged five.

“An Opel Kadett hit the donkey cart from the rear on Sunday night, as the cart had no reflectors,” said Safety department spokesperson Lesiba Moses Kgwele.

Both drivers survived the accident.

Family of eight burns to death

By Jurina Nkwazi
13 December 2010

A family of eight people, including a nine-month-old baby, burnt to death in Pinetown.

Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said it appears as if they were first shot before their home was set alight.

Mdunge said, "We found empty petrol containers, match sticks outside the house. I was told 9mm pistol cartridges were also discovered inside the house, but fire experts are still busy in there."

The case has been handed over to the investigation unit.

Missing Person Alert: Noxolo Mmabatho

Police officers linked to armed robberies to appear in court

By Jurina Nkwazi
13 December 2010

Two police officers part of five who were arrested last night will be appearing in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today in connection with armed robberies and jewellery store heists.

A number of stolen goods, firearms and ammunition were confiscated by the Hawks.

The suspects are expected to be linked to a fatal robbery at a Northgate jewellery store in Randburg in October.

The other three were arrested on Friday in connection with a robbery in Jeppestown.

’Jub Jub’ pleads not guilty

By Lelethu Mquqo
13 December 2010

Hip hop star Molemo ’Jub Jub’ Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala pleaded not guilty to four murder and two attempted murder charges.

The pair is back in court today following a crash that killed foir school children and injured two.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were allegedly drag racing wile high on cocaine and alcohol.

Maarohanye, who was accompanied by his father and his girlfriend replied "not guilty" when asked to plead by Magistrate Brian Namo Bede.

The state has submitted witnesses to the magistrate including an eyewitness who recorded a video of the two mini coopers racing before the accident.

Missing Person Alert: Lezandra Koen

Chaos in between Communists

By Lelethu Mquqo
13 December 2010

President Jacob Zuma says the Young Communist League will come out out of its chaotic congress strong and united.

This follows a chaotic weekend for the congress where police had to be called in to restore order violence broke out between delegates in Mafikeng in the North West.

It is reported that at least four delegates were hospitalised and journalists were caught up in the fight.

President Zuma appealed to delegates to forge ahead with efforts to build unity, adding that he knew Communists as being disciplined and honest.

The League’s Buti Manamela was re-elected as national secretary at the conference.

His rival Khaye Nkwanyane was appointed as national chairperson in the name of unity.

Nkwanyane’s supporters are being blamed for the violence.

Fourth suspect in Dewani case still on the loose

By Lelethu Mquqo
13 December 2010

There is still no indication from the police that a fourth suspect identified in the Anni Dewani murder case will be arrested.

Monde Mbolombo’s name was mentioned as the middle-man in plea bargain agreement.

Taxi driver and self-confessed murderer Zola Tongo named Mbolombo when he pointed out Shrien Dewani as the man who had arranged his wife’s murder.

Thirty-one-year-old Mbolombo is believed to be from East London but has reportedly disappeared without a trace.

Tongo was sentenced to am effective 18 years in prison for his part in the murder.

Bank card fraud syndicate arrested

By Jurina Nkwazi
13 December 2010

Three suspects facing charges of Fraud & contravention of the Electronic Communications & Transaction Act. will appear in the Bellville Magistrate’s court on Monday.

Police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said, “Staff filling up cash at an Atm in Welgemoed on Saturday noticed an attachment which was placed over the face of the Atm.

“They then contacted Forensic Investigator who positioned two groups in the area and kept the Atm under close surveillance.

“It is alleged that a Bulgarian group was behind the scam based on the high tech equipment used.”

“The suspects retrieved the devices Sunday morning and were apprehended as they were getting into their vehicles,” he added.

The camera used for recording the victim’s Pin number as well as the actual Skimming device placed over the card access point was also retrieved.

High tech equipment used to retrieve banking details and R50 000 cash was recovered at one the suspects homes in Table View.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

One dies in Stockholm twin blasts

By Jurina Nkwazi
12 December 2010

One person has been killed and two others are injured following two explosions in central Stockholm.

According to a Swedish news agency a message disapproving Sweden's military presence in Afghanistan and threatening deadly attacks were received.

The first blast happened when a parked car packed with gas canisters exploded and the second blast was about 200 metres away.

A suspected bomber was killed during the blasts.

The police were unable to confirm the attacks.

Dewani suspect disappears

By Jurina Nkwazi
12 December 2010

A fourth suspect in the Anni Dewani murder has disappeared.

Zola Tongo who was the driver of the vehicle in which the couple were hijacked implicated Monde Mbolombo along with Anni's husband, Shrien Dewani, and two "hijackers" Xolile Mngeni, 23, and Mzwamadoda Qwabe, 26.

According to media reports the 31-year-old from Khayelitsha had a criminal record.

The 31-year-old who worked as a reception clerk at the Protea Colosseum Hotel in Century City disappeared after the murder but the hotel’s spokesperson Rachel Irvine said his contract came to an end on November 30.

Two murdered in Eastern Cape

By Jurina Nkwazi
12 December 2010

On Saturday, two people were murdered in separate incidents in Cradock.

“A 65-year-old woman who was found with a stab wound was badly assaulted in a street in Lingelihle township,” said Police spokesperson Stefanie Smith.

The cause of her death is not known and a murder case has been opened.

A man was stabbed to death in another incident by a friend following an argument between the two.

The friend was arrested and faces a charge of murder.

He will appear in the Adelaide Magistrate's Court soon.

Multiple accidents due to heavy rains in Jhb

By Jurina Nkwazi
12 December 2010

About 11 accidents happened in Johannesburg on Saturday since the start of heavy rains.

In one incident, a 28-year-old man crashed his car into a stream in Bryanston.

ER24 spokesperson, Werner Vermaak said, “Paramedics found the man sitting soaked next to his vehicle in the stream between trees.”

He was treated for multiple injuries.

Motorists have been urged to drive with care on Johannesburg’s wet roads.

Tik worth R650 000 seized in Goodwood

By Jurina Nkwazi
12 December 2010

Goodwood police have arrested a man for being in possession of Tik with an estimated street value of 650-thousand-Rand on Saturday.

Police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk says, “A man was seen getting out of a vehicle with a black bag during a roadblock in Frans Conradie Drive.

“When police approached the man he ran away. Police grabbed the bag and found the drugs.”

“The police then chased the man and arrested him,” he added.

The suspect faces charges on drug-dealing and will appear in the Goodwood Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thousands of unqualified teachers in KZN

By Jurina Nkwazi
11 December 2010

The Democratic Alliance says there are more than 9-thousand unqualified teachers teaching in KwaZulu-Natal schools.

DA Member of Parliament, Alf Lees, says 20 of these unqualified teachers had not even obtained a grade 12 and about eight-thousand-three-hundred only had a grade 12 qualification.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga asked these statistics at a parliamentary question.

Lees says the real problem lies in resourcing teacher training facilities which could be accessible to students in rural areas.

NUMSA rejects revised wage offer

By Jurina Nkwazi
11 December 2010

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has rejected aluminium company BHP Billiton’s revised wage offer of 8.5 percent on Saturday.

The company increased its offer to 8.5 percent from an initial seven percent on Friday, meanwhile NUMSA is demanding a 12 percent wage increase.

Mineworkers have been on strike since Wednesday and will continue until an agreement is reached.

Cocaine worth R380 million found

By Jurina Nkwazi
11 December 2010

Knysna police have arrested five people and seized cocaine worth R380 million following a tip off from the public.

Captain Malcolm Pojie said, “They received information from the public regarding illegal activities taking place near the Knysna Waterfront.”

Pojie said, “The suspects accompanied the members of the SAPS to the boat where they discovered the 48 bags of bricked cocaine after being interrogated at their plac of residence.”

The cocaine and the boat worth around R1.5 million was confiscated.

The suspects will appear int the Knysna Magistrate's court on Monday.

Gauteng police officers arrested for robbery

By Jurina Nkwazi
11 December 2010

Three Johannesburg police officers have been arrested for a business robbery on Friday.

Lieutenant Tshisikhawe Ndou said, “The police officers allegedly stormed into the jewellery shop and produced their appointment certificates claiming to be on official police business.”

“They then grabbed the shop owner, pointed firearms at him and stole a bag which contained R25, 000 and an undisclosed amount of jewellery,” Ndou added.

The stolen goods were and a blue BMW with false registration that was allegedly to be used as the getaway car were recovered by the police.

A fourth suspect escaped with the keys to the car.

The men will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court soon.

Abalone worth R100 000 seized

By Jurina Nkwazi
11 December 2010

A 33-year-old man has been arrested for being in possession of abalone worth R100 000 on Friday in Somerset West.

Metro Police Deputy Chief Yolanda Faro says, “Officers were doing their routine patrols when they received a tip off of a vehicle transporting abalone.”

“Police acted on the information and found the vehicle heading towards Somerset West with 233 unshelled abalone in six black bags,” she added.

The suspect was charged with possession of abalone.

Missing Person Alert: Lingelethu West

Stellenbosch University caught fire

By Jurina Nkwazi
11 December 2010

A fire at the Stellenbosch University campus has left one of it’s buildings badly damaged.

“The fire destroyed most of the roof and the third floor of the Wilcox-building,” says The University’s spokesperson Martin Viljoen.

No students were in the building when the fire broke out.

Rescued staff members were treated for shock.

The Wilcox-building houses the university archives, the Office for Postgraduate and International Relations and the department of Psychology and History.

No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

V&A Waterfront sold for 10-billion-Rand

By Jurina Nkwazi
11 December 2010

One of South Africa's tourist attractions, The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, has allegedly been sold for 10-billion-Rand.

According to media reports, the Waterfront was sold by Britain-based London & Regional Properties and Dubai-based investment firm Dubai World to a consortium that includes Absa Group and Growthpoint Properties.

Transnet who previously owned the real estate sold it for 7-billion-Rand to L&R Properties and Dubai World in 2006.

Friday, December 10, 2010

NUMSA gives the economic growth plan thumbs down

Lusanda Bill
10 December 2010

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has joined the list of organisations that have criticised the proposed new economic growth plan.

Numsa is calling for more debate on the new growth plan.

The proposed growth plan was announced last month by Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel.

Numsa General Secretary Irwin Jim said, “It does not deal with measures on how to deal with over-constriction of wealth in the hands of a few and define clearly the role of the state."

Telkom executives under the spotlight

By Lelethu Mquqo
10 December 2010

The Communications Workers’ Union has prepared a report implicating Telkom executives to illegal acts.

The report is said to contain internal memos as well as accounts from whistle-blowers that accused senior executives of corruption and nepotism.

The Telkom board has brushed off the contents of the report, saying they were put together by unhappy employees who are facing disciplinary action.

Acting group CEO Jeffrey Hedberg and head of Telkom South Africa Nombulelo Moholi are two of the executives under attack in the report.

Metro police ordered to Bees Roux case

Lusanda Bill
10 December 2010

Blue Bulls rugby player Jacobus Stephanus "Bees" Roux was back in the Pretoria Magistrate Court today.

Bees has been accused of murdering Metro Police Officer Ntshimane Johannes Mogale in August.

Bees Roux is currently out on a R100 000 bail.

Roux’s lawyer Rudi Krause told the court that he wanted Tshwane Metro Police Officer Leonard Erasmus to appear in court, along with certain documents.

Nobody knows what the documents contained because Erasmus did not bring the papers with him to court.

Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair told Bees’s lawyer that the R100 000 bail that Bees was granted, to be converted into guarantee.

This means that Rudi Krause firm will be responsible for the bail if Bees fails to honour his bail condition.

Tongo’s family want to know why

By Lelethu Mquqo
10 December 2010

Relatives of convicted murder accuse Zola Tongo say they will be visiting him in the Malmesbury prison this weekend.

Tongo confessed to playing a role in the shooting and murder of British tourist Anni Dewani in Gugulethu last month.

His family says they want to know why he did what he did because they had no knowledge of his financial difficulties.

Tongo has been sentenced to an effective 18-years in jail after he pleaded guilty to charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery with aggravated circumstances in the Cape High Court earlier this week.

Three other men have also been arrested in connection with the incident, including Dewani’s husband, Shrien Dewani.

Case against Gauteng racehorse owner postponed

By Lelethu Mquqo
10 December 2010

The case against Gauteng racehorse owner t a 31-year-old Gauteng racehorse owner, Daryl Peense, has been postponed to the 26th of January 2011.

Peense faces charges of assault after he spilled his drink on President Jacob Zuma at the Durban July.

Peense made a brief appearence at the Durban Magistrate's Court this norning accompanied by four relatives.

It was reported that the trial could not start because Peense's lawyer made representations to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gentleman of jazz' Tony Schilder dies

Lusanda Bill
10 December 2010

Tony Schilder, a well-known Cape jazz pianist and composer, passed away last night.

Schilder was born in 1937 to a well-known musical family in Retreat. His parents, brothers and children are all involved in the music industry.

Having never attended a music lesson, he taught himself and played and composed his music from memory.

He has been described by many as a very soft-spoken person who was always polite to everyone. He dressed smartly and approached his work with style.

Some of his work includes Introducing The Music of Tony Schilder, which was produced by Jonathan Butler, and Jazz in Transit. Schilder is best known for being the frontman of the Tony Schilder Trio.

William Razant of the Western Cape Musicians Association said of Schilder: "He was a humble person who used to never complain, and always had a smile on his face. I will always remember him as the gentlemen of jazz."

Anni Dewani’s sister speaks out for the first time

Lusanda Bill
10 December 2010

The sister of Anni Dewani has spoken out for the first time about her sister’s murder.

Ami Denborg told the London’s The Times newspaper that it be would an unforgivable crime if Dewani's British husband is found guilty of arranging her murder.

Shrien Dewani was accused by Zola Tonga of being the mastermind behind Anni Dewani’s murder.

Denborg did not tell London’s The Times if her family thought Shrien played a part in her sister’s murder.

Case against Minister of Police postponed

By Lelethu Mquqo
10 December 2010

Cape Town actuary Fred van der Vyver’s 46-million-Rands malicious prosecution claim against the Minister of Police has been postponed to April.

Van der Vyver’s girlfriend Inge Lotz, a Masters student at Stellenbosch University, was found beaten to death in her flat in the town five years ago.

Van der Vyver was tried for the murder but later acquitted.

The long postponement is because Judge Anton Veldhuizen is going on long leave

Thursday, December 09, 2010

City educates residents on fire hazards

By Lelethu Mquqo
9 December 2010

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is tightening its public awareness campaign by introducing a community-based educational theatre programme in informal settlements across Cape Town.

City of Cape Town’s Portfolio Head, Charlotte Powell says the Disaster Risk Management team will use interactive theatre to raise awareness in communities that are at a high risk for the outbreak of fires through the ‘Protect yourself against fires’ campaign.

The campaign will offer a range of practical tips to lessen fire hazards and to ensure that communities are ready for unforeseen emergencies and disaster situations.

Cosatu calls for bread prices to decrease

By Lelethu Mquqo
9 December 2010

The Congress of South African Trade Unions says bread and flour producers, as well as retailers, should cut their prices.

Last month the Competition Commission found several producers guilty of price-fixing.

Spokesperson Patrick Craven says price reductions should be passed down to consumers.

Craven added that Cosatu will monitor prices to ensure that producers stick to their agreement with the Commission.

Man appeared briefly in court over suitcase murder

Lusanda Bill
9 December 2010

Willem Pretorius, the man who claimed that a body of woman was his wife after the body was found in a suitcase floating in a river.

He appeared in the Nigel Magistrate's Court today and he will remain in custody.

He was arrested on Monday after he went to a police station and reported Xoliswa Ndlakuse, 58, missing, claiming she was his wife. Her family has denied this.

Police suspect that he is the one who murdered the woman.

His next court appearance is on the 15th of December 2010.

Murdered family of three laid to rest today

By Lelethu Mquqo
9 December 2010

The Free State family killed on their farm near Lindley will be buried in the town on Thursday, the Volksblad newspaper reported.

The family of three that was murdered in their farm in Lindley in the Free State were laid to rest today.

Attie Potgieter, his wife Wilna and their 3-year-old daughter Willemien will reportedly be buried in one grave at the Lindley cemetery.

The Potgieter family were brutally murdered in their farm last week, Attie stabbed, while his wife and daughter were shot.

The families have reportedly requested that no prepared event by political parties or other groups be held during the funeral.

Shrien Dewani caught on CCTV footage

Lusanda Bill
9 December 2010

New information has come to light in the Anni Dewani murder case.

British news has reported that Shrien Dewani was captured on CCTV footage paying the couple’s minibus shuttle driver, Zola Tongo. The footage shows Dewani and Tonga meeting outside an upmarket Cape Town restaurant.

Zola Tonga earlier this week named Dewani as the person who paid him 15-thousand-Rands to make Anni Dewani’s murder look like a hijacking.

Shrien Dewani is currently in custody and he is expected to appear in court today.

Police searching for a ninth suspect in the child pornography case

Lusanda Bill
9 December 2010

A ninth suspect in the child pornography case is being hunted down by police.

Eight family members have already been arrested for allegedly manufacturing of child pornography. Six minors between the ages of four and fifteen were used in the production of porn videos.

The bail hearing of the eight family members has been postponed to the 14th of December 2010.

An investigation is also underway for the possibility that the suspects could be part of a larger syndicate.

9 people charged with more than R11 million in tender fraud

Lusanda Bill
9 December 2010

Nine people yesterday appeared at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court for alleged tender fraud of more than R11million.

The offences were committed between September 2007 and May 2009 and relate to irregularities involving individuals attached to the South African Revenue Service research division.

The charges that the nine people are facing are of fraud, money laundering, and breach of the Public Finance Management Act.

Yesterday they were given bail ranging between R10 000 and R30 000.

The case has been postponed until the 24th of February to allow for further investigation.

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Shrien Dewani remains behind bars

Lusanda Bill
9 December 2010

Shrien Dewani will remain in jail this follows an appeal lodge against the granting of bail of 250-thousand-pounds.

Dewani was arrested on a South African extradition warrant.

The Westminster Magistrate's Court yesterday, granted bail to Dewani but the South African authorities lodged an immediate appeal.

Dewani, whose wife was shot dead last month when they visited Gugulethu, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of conspiring to murder her.

Shrien Dewani will remain in jail until a High Court hearing.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Tighter security at Pelonomi State Hospital

By Lelethu Mquqo
8 December 2010

The Free State Health Department’s Jabu Mbalula says they have since terminated the services of the security company that was used at Pelonomi State Hospital.

The Department says it has stepped up its security following the rape of a doctor by a 16-year-old at the hospital.

The teenager was found guilty of raping and robbing the doctor by the Bloemfontein High Court.

The incident occurred in October and the teenager is due to be sentenced on the 22nd of March 2011 after the court has had time to study a State report.

New Liquor Amendment Bill to be signed off soon

Lusanda Bill
8 December 2010

Major changes will be made soon to the Western Cape Liquor Act.

The changes include giving municipalities the right to determine the trading hours of liquor outlets.

The new amendments were approved during the last sitting of the legislature yesterday.

Economic Development MEC Alan Winde said if Premier Helen Zille signs off the changes, a new liquor authority will be formed to decide on trading licences.

MEC for Social Development Patricia de Lille said yesterday in her speech over the debate of the liquor amendment bill that the Liquor Amendment Bill represents our will to act.

A fire leaves hundreds homeless in Khayelitsha

Lusanda Bill
8 December 2010

A fire that broke out in Khayelitsha Q section yesterday afternoon has left 150 shacks destroyed and hundreds homeless.

Several people have been killed in fires in Cape Town in the past couple of months in Khayelitsha.

The Disaster Risk Management’s Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said, “150 shacks were gutted and we have accommodated the people within the Site B community hall.”

The cause of the fire is still unclear but an investigation is underway.

Germiston woman accused of using stepdaughter for porn out on bail

Lusanda Bill
8 December 2010

The woman from Germiston, who was arrested for allegedly using her five-year-old stepdaughter in a home-made porn movie, is expected back in court on the 31st of January 2011.

Police arrested her on Friday with the help of the porn footage which was handed over to the Randburg Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit several weeks ago.

On Monday she was released on R3,000 bail.

The bail was not opposed due to the fact that the officers who arrested her have said that the stepdaughter and stepson are in a place of safety.

She has been charged with sexual assault and manufacturing child pornography.

Death toll rises to 11 in the Mpumalanga taxi accident

Lusanda Bill
8 December 2010

The Mpumalanga taxi accident has now claimed the lives of eleven people.

Three more bodies were found after the taxi lost control and plunged into the Oliphant’s River yesterday.

Eight people were initially found dead but through intense search work that was done in the river three more people were retrieved.

Minister of transport, Sibusiso Ndebele, said the Road Traffic Management Corporation dispatched a team of accident investigation and reconstruction specialists to assist in determining the cause of the crash.

Shrien Dewani arrested in London

Lusanda Bill
8 December 2010

Shrien Dewani has been arrested in London for alledgedly being involved in his wife’s murder.

Yesterday the Cape Town High Court heard that Shrien Dewani payed R15 000 to have his wife killed by two men.

Zola Tonga the shuttler driver was jailed for an effective 18 years for his role in the plot. Tongo was convicted of murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and perverting the course of justice.

Dewani is expected to appear in the Westminster Magistrate Court later today.

Union worried about the damage done on South Africa’s reputation by Dewani case

By Lelethu Mquqo
8 December 2010

The justice department says no extradition request for Shrien Dewani has been sent to the department of justice by the police.

This follows a revelation in court by driver Zola Tongo that Dewani allegedly plotted to have his wife killed and make it look like a hijacking in Guguletu, Cape Town.

Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions says it has noted the dramatic developments in the case of the murder of Anni Dewani for which her husband Shrien has now been implicated by the taxi driver who has turned state witness.

Cosatu National Spokesperson Patrick Craven says the law must now take its course and hopes that all those responsible for the murder will now be brought to justice.

Craven says the trade union is mostly concerned at damage to South Africa’s reputation by Dewani case.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Gauteng collision leaves two dead

By Jurina Nkwazi
7 December 2010

A collision between a minibus taxi and a car in Sebokeng, Gauteng has left two people were dead and 12 injured this morning.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said, “The Toyota slammed into the side of the minibus taxi as it was turning. “

The taxi rolled several times.

The driver in the Toyota Corolla as well as a man in the taxi died on the scene.

Jackson added that the paramedics arrived at the scene to find some of the patients lying on the road including three people who were still trapped inside the mangled taxi.

The injured had to be removed with the Jaws of Life from the taxi.

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