Monday, December 22, 2014

WC festive season fatalities stand at 92

Loyiso Langeni
22 December 2014

The Western Cape Traffic Authorities this past weekend conducted 22 roadblocks of which 2 300 vehicles were stopped and 1400 drivers were tested for alcohol.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said 17 drunk drivers were arrested and the highest alcohol reading was recorded in Swellendam.

 “The total amount of fines that we issued was R400 440 and the highest speed recorded since Friday was 171km/h in a 120km/h on the N1 near Breckenfell.

We also tested the speed of 11 457 vehicles of which we prosecuted 722 drivers for exceeding the speed limit,” Africa added.

Meanwhile despite attempts to curb the amounts of road accidents and deaths over the festive season, more than 200 people have lost their lives across South Africa's roads.

The death toll in the Western Cape this weekend alone sits at 29 following one of the biggest of the road accidents thus far for the season along the notorious stretch of N1 between Laingsburg and Beaufort-West on Sunday.

The total fatalities as from the 1 December stands on 92. They consists of 43 pedestrians, 28 passengers, 2 cyclists, 6 motor cyclists and 13 drivers of motor vehicles.

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A man died in Witkoppen road accident



Loyiso Langeni

22 December 2014

A man died and another injured after two vehicles collided head on with each other on Witkoppen Road in Bloubosrand.

 ER24 Spokesperson Werner Vermaak said it is understood that one of the vehicles veered into oncoming traffic, which resulted in the head on collision.

 When they arrived on the scene they found a man believed to be in late fifties trapped under the steering wheel of his vehicle. Local fire department had to use Local fire department had to use hydraulic rescue equipment to free the body from the wreckage.

 A man in the Jeep was found with moderate injuries. He was treated on the scene and later transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care

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

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DENOSA concerned by the shortage of health workers



Loyiso Langeni

22 December 2014

 
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa has reiterated its concerns regarding the shortage of health workers such as nurses as the road death continues to increase during the festive season. 

 Denosa Spokesperson Sibongiseni Delihlazo said the situation at ICU facilities especially in rural areas during this time is dire, as the peak in the number of people to the ICU’s due to accidents. 

 Delihlazo added that about 15% of nurses are based in rural areas whereas the population figure of the rural areas is around 44% in the country.

“The picture changes completely during December whereby more people flock back to rural areas and that puts huge strain on the infrastructure that we have in those rural areas.

 We would like to urge people to be carefully tolerant and co-operate with law enforcement agencies on the road and be patient and rest whenever there is a possibility to do so.” Delihlazo said

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

DA pushes funding of National Forensic Labs

Loyiso Langeni
21 December 2014

The Democratic Alliance said it will requests Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, to grant emergency funding for National Forensic Laboratories to improve their efficiencies and speed up the elimination of backlogs. 

DA MP of Health Wilmot James said the war against drunk driving requires swift and severe justice, neither of which can be had when results of the mandatory blood alcohol tests take so long to complete.

James added that presently, the blood alcohol samples are required in order to get the drunken driving convictions as the lab improves their processing but it still not fast enough.

He concluded by saying that It is therefore of the greatest importance that Motsoaledi make the proper investments in the laboratories that fall under his governance.

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Two separate accidents leave two dead and multiple injured

Loyiso Langeni
21 December 2014

An accident last night left one person dead and eight injured on the N12 near the R500 in Fockville.

It is alleged that a VW Kombi overturned several times.

ER24 Spokesperson Werner Vermaak said paramedics arrived on scene and found the people scatterd across the incident. Two of them were in a critical condition and had to be airlifted form the site.

Vermaak said after stabilisation ER24’s AER24 and AER24 North West Helicopters airlifted them to Chris Hani Baragwanath and Milpark Hospitals respectively.

In a separate accident a man died after his bike crashed head on with a light motor vehicle in Helshoogte, Stellenbosch in the Boland.

R24 Spokesperson Werner Vermaak said when paramedics arrived on the scene they found severe damage to the front of the motor vehicle with the motorbike lying several meters away from it.

Vermaak added that the rider was found with fatal injuries. Unfortunately there was nothing that paramedics could do for him and he was declared dead on scene.

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

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28-year-old arrested for fraud

Lusanda Bill
21 December 2014

An alleged report of a false case of fraud to the Western Cape police had a 28-year-old man arrested in Diepsloot this week.

One thousand rand was given to the suspect by his father to be transferred to the suspect’s mother, through a money market at Shoprite.

It is believed the suspect involved his neighbour, who is unsuspected.

Warrant Officer Daniel Mavimbela said the suspect deposited the money as instructed by the father but he apparently had arranged with an unsuspecting neighbour to withdraw the money on his behalf.

Mavimbela said it is believed that by the time he forwarded the money market pin code to his mother the cash had already been withdrawn by the neighbour as arranged.

“After a false case of fraud was reported to the police the suspect also thanked the neighbour with a R100. At this stage we have no information to show that the neighbour was the accomplice in this matter” Mavimbela added.

The suspect will be charged with perjury and will appear in the Randburg Magistrates Court soon.

 

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Police officer shoots a 4-year-old child

Lusanda Bill
20 December 2014

Two murder cases have been opened in KwaZulu Natal, this is after a police officer shot and killed a 4-year-old boy and injured two children aged 12 and 13-years-old in Melmoth. 

Major Thulani Zwane said the boy is believed to be the officer’s son. 

Zwane said the local police officers were called to attend to the scene and while they were busy taking down statements, it is alleged that the suspect came back and had an argument with the police officers attending to the scene.

"It is alleged that he further tried to shoot the police officers and the officer retaliated killing the suspect in the process” Zwane added.

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WC festive season fatalities stand at 68

Lusanda Bill
20 December 2014

Western Cape Traffic Authorities conducted 12 roadblocks across the province on Friday specifically for drunken and driving and illegal substance. 

During the roadblocks 1 346 vehicles were stopped and checked, 684 drivers were tested for alcohol and 2 drunken drivers were arrested. 

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said the highest reading was recorded in Knysna a reading of 0.71 mg/1 000 ml. The total amount of fines that we issued was R223 100 and we also tested the speed of 7 048 of which we prosecuted 476 drivers for exceeding the speed limit.

Meanwhile six fatalities have been recorded so over for the weekend.  Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said four pedestrians died in motor vehicle accidents in Mowbray, Harara, Robertson road and another one in the Winelands.

And as for the festive season 68 people have died in the province, they consists of 41 pedestrians, 10 passengers, 2 cyclists, 5 motor cyclists and 10 drivers of motor vehicles.

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An accident leaves on person dead and three seriously injured

Lusanda Bill
20 December 2014

An accident late last night involving a bakkie and a light motor vehicle left one person dead and three others seriously injured outside Welkom. 

It is believed that the light motor vehicle collided into the side of the bakkie resulting in it overturning several times. 

ER24 Spokesperson Werner Vermaak said when paramedics arrived on the scene they found the bakkie well alight. Bystanders managed to pull two children as well as two adults out of the vehicle.

Vermaak said sadly a father had already died to the serious injuries that he had sustained.  The mother was in a critical condition and the two children in a serious condition.

“Another person believed to be the driver of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries” Vermaak added.

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Missing Child Alert: Likhona Mutanda


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IFP clarifies that virginity testing is not abusive

Mbasa Gqokoma
20 December 2014

ANC Women’s League President Angie Motshekga has accused the Zulu Nation’s Virginity Testing ritual of being abusive and harmful.

Motshekga argues that the ritual needs to be put to an end as it is harmful for women.

Meanwhile IFP women’s brigade Thembeni kaMadlopha Mthethwa remains adamant that the Zulu ritual is a practise that ensures responsibility on young girls and women.

Mthethwa explains that women who go for virginity testing go there voluntarily. Motshekga needs to come out clearly with evidence of abuse.  

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Missing Child Alert: Tershia Joseph


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SACP welcomes safety checks on long distance buses

Lusanda Bill
20 December 2014

The South African Communist Party in the Western Cape has called on the Provincial Department of Transport to conduct regular safety check-up at the Joe Gqabi long distance bus station.

The department has been conducting road safety and roadworthy check up on all vehicles travelling long distances outside the province since the start of the festive season.

SACP Provincial Spokesperson Masonwabe Sokoyi said we believe that bus owners do not service their buses to ensure they are roadworthy and safe for passengers, which is very dangerous.

Sokoyi said we further urge the department to add more personals to ensure that the testing is done more quickly.  

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Limpopo Education Department: R1.2 billion in the red

Mbasa Gqokoma
19 December 2014

The Limpopo Education Department is under investigation following the department being almost R1.2 billion in the red.

A forensic investigation revealed that some senior officials in the provincial department were allegedly responsible for gross mismanagement and the process is still on-going.

However the National Department of Basic Education says it is more than ready to deliver textbooks in all schools in Limpopo on time for the 2015 academic year.

The department has been put under administration by the parliamentary cabinet due to the textbook saga in 2012. 

Departmental Spokesperson Elijah Mahlangu says there has been a collapse of systems in the province such that the department did not know the number of schools and learners in the province to an extent that the National Treasure contracted Stats SA to go and do a head count to establish the numbers, so planning could happen in an organised manner.

Mahlangu confirms that such was done and as a result, they were able to make deliveries of the different things that were needed in the province.

He also added that, the intervention has worked; in fact, the Department of Education in that Province is in a better position now than it was in 2011.

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An accident in Potchefstroom leaves one man dead and five injured

Raymond Pani
19 December 2014

An accident late last night left one person dead on the N12 in Potchefstroom. It is believed that three vehicles collided into each other causing the accident.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said when they arrived on the scene they found the wrecked vehicles scattered over the road.

Meiring said five other people sustained serious injuries and they were transported to hospital for the medical care that they required.

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

 

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MEC Plato calling on police to clarify regarding a possible serial killer

Jaimie-faith Poonah
19 December 2014

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety, Dan Plato has called on Cape Town Police to enlighten the community about a possible serial killer, after having found female bodies on a field bordering Acacia Park and Acre Road in Kensington.
MEC Plato urges the Western Cape South African Police Service to make an official statement to clarify this very serious situation.

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said unofficial comments and lack of clarification can cause great panic and confusion in our communities, considering that people walk across the field where the bodies were found in Kensington. 

Botha added that communication with the community will ensure that the community can take the necessary preventive measures and alternative detours if needed. 
 
 
 
 
 

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ANC: Ellen Tshabalala resigning was the honourable thing to do

Mbasa Gqokoma
19 December 2014

The African National Congress along with the Portfolio Committee on Communications has welcomed the resignation of Ellen Tshabalala as the chairperson of the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

After weeks of investigations, she was eventually found guilty of misconduct and dishonesty after she lied about her educational qualifications to Parliament.

Tshabalala handed in her resignation letter on Wednesday.

ANC Spokesperson Keith Khoza says, it has been evident that there were issues that bothered on her having to lie to parliament

Khoza says the ANC thinks that her resignation was an honourable thing to do.

Meanwhile it has been reported that Tshabalala could possibly face criminals charges in regards with this matter.

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Missing Child Alert: Likhona Mutanda


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WCED satisfied with marking of matric papers

Lusanda Bill
19 December 2014

The Western Cape Department of Education said it is satisfied by the process of the marking of the National Senior Certificate examination papers which conclude this week.

In a statement the WCED said it has been overwhelmed by the commitment and dedication shown by the markers in the marking centres across the province.

Final checks of the marks are now currently underway. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Jessica Shelver said the much anticipated results of the NSC are expected to be announced by the National Minister on the 05th of January 2015.

Shelver added that schools and candidates in the Western Cape will receive their results on the 06th of January 2015. 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Eskom says possibility of load-shedding low

Lusanda Bill
18 December 2014

Eskom says the risk of load-shedding today and tomorrow is very low however the system is still fragile.

Earlier this week four generators collapsed which heightened the risk of load-shedding in the country, however the generators have since been brought back online.

The power utility has been struggling with power supply due to problems at its power stations and diesel shortage.

Eskom’s Acting Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the power system at the moment is constrained but stable, meaning that if we have any disturbances or if we loose any of our generating units we may have to implement load-shedding.

Phasiwe said we are asking people to continue to use electricity sparingly at all times.

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A man found dead with a gunshot wound on M2 highway

Lusanda Bill
18 December 2014

A man in his forties was today found dead next to his car near the Denver off ramp on the M2 highway in Johannesburg.

The man was found by patrolling metro officers who found the man with a bullet wound to his head.

ER24 Spokesperson Werner Vermaak said when paramedics arrived on the scene they found the man with a gunshot wound and he was declared dead on the scene. 

Vermaak said the incident was handed over to the metro police for further investigation and the circumstances surrounding the shooting are not known at this stage.
 

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Seven suspects arrested for the murder of six men in Kraaifontein

Lusanda Bill
18 December 2014

Cape Town police have arrested seven male suspects aged between 25 and 40-years-old for the brutal murder of six men in Kraaifontein.

The bodies of six men were discovered near a farm in the area last week Wednesday with their hands tied behind their backs. It is believed the men were stoned to death.

Captain FC van Wyk said the suspects have been detained for questioning and are expected to appear in court once they have been charged.

"The investigation into the matter is still ongoing as we are following on other leads” Van Wyk added.  

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The murder of a 53-year-old farmer being investigated

Lusanda Bill
18 December 2014

Southern Cape police are investigating the murder of a farmer who was attacked at Hartenbos on Wednesday and he was found dead in his bakkie. 

Police Spokesperson Malcolm Pojie said the circumstances surrounding the death of 53-year-old Freddie Tolman are not known at this stage however police are investigating every possible lead. 

Pojie said information at our disposal reveals that the deceased was ambushed on Wednesday morning.  The suspects barricaded the roads and when he refused to stop on his way to pick up his workers they opened fire on him.

"Later we discovered that he was hit in the upper body and he died as a result of the wound sustained.  However we will still conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death” Pojie added.

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Six suspects arrested for robbery in Delft

Lusanda Bill
18 December 2014

Six suspects aged between 19 and 31-years-old were arrested in Delft following a robbery at a Spar Supermarket. 

The suspects were arrested after they received information about a robbery in progress in Delft Main Road. Police then blocked several roads leading to the supermarket which they successfully cornered the suspects while they were trying to escape.

Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said police recovered the money that was robbed at the supermarket, an unlicensed firearm and the vehicle they used in the robbery.

Traut said the suspects are expected to appear in the Bellville Court today on charges of armed robbery and the possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Missing Adult Alert: Daniel Classen


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Three people burnt to death in an accident near Richards Bay

Lusanda Bill
17 December 2014

An accident in the early hours of this morning left three people dead on the N2 near Richards Bay. This is after a car and a truck collided.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Chris Botha said when we arrived on scene both vehicles were engulfed in flames with some of the people still trapped in the wreckages.

Botha said after the fire was put out three people in the motor vehicle had died due to the very severe injuries that they sustained. The truck driver escaped without any injuries.

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

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Search for missing man continuing in Jeffrey’s Bay

Lusanda Bill
17 December 2014

The National Sea Rescue Institute in Jeffrey’s Bay are continuing to search for a man who disappeared underwater after he was caught in strong rip currents. 

NSRI Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said a surfer who saw what was happening tried to rescue him but was unable to do so. 

Lambinon said despite an extensive search throughout the night no sign of the man has been found.

“He has been presumed to have drowned and the police dive unit have joined the NSRI Jeffrey’s Bay continuing with the search” Lambinon added.

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DA calls for load-shedding to be declared a national crisis

Lusanda Bill
17 December 2014

The Democratic Alliance on Tuesday reiterated its call for load-shedding to be declared a national crisis.

This is after Eskom announced yesterday that the possibility of load-shedding has been heightened following the collapse of four generating units, which have become functional again today.

DA MP of Public Enterprises Natasha Michael said transparency needs to be demonstrated in the problems facing our power stations. 

Michael said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa needs to come clean with the country with current load-shedding crisis. We’ve been promised that we will be saved from load-shedding for the festive season but that does not look possible now.

“Now the Deputy President must address the nation and tell us what we can expect for the festive season going forward in terms of load-shedding” Michael added.

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Minster Gigaba: Major challenges at the Beit Bridge Port of entry

Lusanda Bill
17 December 2014

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba says ports of entry into the country especially the Beit Bridge Port of entry needs new and improved infrastructure and IT systems. 

This is after he visited the bridge on Monday ahead of a busy festive season.

Minister Gigaba said more personnel’s have been deployed at the port for the high volume of people who will be crossing the boarder. 

He said the challenges we have to face at the boarder post is increase in corruption, crime, human trafficking and human smuggling as well as an increase in traffic flows which means that we need to engage more staff to be able to manage those volumes of people.

Meanwhile Minister Gigaba said there has been a reduction in crime and corruption at the Beit Bridge Port of entry; however more needs to be done. 

The department has also extended the hours at ports of entry across the country.  

Minister Gigaba said the Boarder Management Agency is going to resolve all the issues that we are facing because it is going to deal with the problems which have been an issue at our ports of entry. 

“These include the management of the ports of entry themselves as well as the management of boarder line.  It will replace the South African National Defence Force in terms of the management of the boarder line” Gigaba added.  

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Two separate incidents leave one dead and a child in ICU

Lusanda Bill
16 December 2014

An accident late last night on the N4 in Middelburg left a women dead and three others injured.  This is after a petrol tanker truck collided with a Mercedes. 

ER24 Spokesperson Werner Vermaak said when paramedics arrived on the scene they found the truck near the veld and the women was left trapped at the back of her vehicle.

Vermaak said paramedics found the women with fatal injuries and was declared dead on the scene.  Three others sustained multiple injuries and were transport to a nearby hospital. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Meanwhile in another incident an eight-year-old boy is in a critical condition following a near drowning incident at a resort near Bloemfontein. 

It is believed that the boy went underwater in the swimming pool and was noticed by lifeguards who pulled him out from the water.

ER24 Spokesperson Werner Vermaak said when paramedics arrived on the scene they found the child being attended to by lifeguards and bystanders performing CPR.

Vermaak said it is unclear at this stage how long the child was under water. Paramedics continued the CPR and managed to get a pulse back, unfortunately he was still in a critical condition and was rushed to hospital where he is in ICU. 

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Slight decrease in pedestrian fatalities in the WC

Lusanda Bill
16 December 2014

The Western Cape MEC of Transport and Public works Donald Grant said there was a slight decrease in the number of road fatalities in the province in the first 14 days of this month, compared to 2013.

Law enforcements will over the festive season be focusing on areas such as drunken driving, speed and most importantly fatigue management.

MEC Grant said pedestrian deaths still remain unacceptably high.

Ministerial Spokesperson for Siphesihle Dube said of the total 49 deaths in the first 14 days 34 of them were pedestrians, and the 34 deaths are up by 26%.

Dube said we have seen in recent studies that there is a connection between pedestrian fatalities and alcohol consumption, and we warn against excessive consumption of alcohol if you intend on driving or walking.  

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WC government says freedom came at a cost

Lusanda Bill
16 December 2014

The Western Cape government says as we commemorate Reconciliation Day we should mindful that our freedom came at a great cost. 

Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport said this day is a great historical significance in the country however there needs to be a culture of respect that is created. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Siviwe Gwarube said we are still experiencing structural inequality which is one of our biggest challenges as South Africans remain unemployed, they remain unsafe on the streets and corruption is hampering service delivery.

Gwarube said as South Africans become more impatient with the progress we are making we have seen a recent spike in racial tension over the past couple of weeks.

“The Western Cape government condemns in the strongest possible terms any kind of discrimination on the basis of race and violence emanating from racial attacks.   

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451 suspects arrested for various crimes in Nyanga

Oscar Thomas
16 December 2014

A total of 451 suspects were arrested for various crimes in Nyanga over the past week.

The crimes include amongst others possession of illegal drugs, murder and illegal liquor outlets.

In a statement Captain FC van Wyk said police are also engaging with their neighbourhood watches and also street and court committees are actively involved in the continuous fight against crime. 

Van Wyk said police in Nyanga Cluster confiscated 17 firearms and arrested 14 suspects for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

He added that the suspects subsequently appeared in Magistrates’ Courts on charges relating to the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

A total of 35 Suspects were arrested on warrants of arrest on various crimes during tracing operations.

“More suspects also made their appearance in a Magistrate Court after they were arrested on charges relating to assault, robbery, fraud, intimidation, drunk driving, and possession of suspected stolen property, housebreaking and theft FC van Wyk added.

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