Friday, November 28, 2014

Eleven people injured in Bloemfontein collision

Loyiso Langeni
28 November 2014

An accident this morning has left 11 people injured, four of them critically, when three vehicles collided on church Street in Bloemfontein.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said they arrived on scene and found the road blocked by the vehicles lying in the middle of the road. Fire services later closed the road to allow paramedics to work safely.

 Meiring added that on assessment, paramedics discovered that 11 people had sustained injuries ranging from minor to critical.

“Treatment was started on the injured to stabilize their vital signs before they were transported to various hospitals such for further treatment.” Meiring said

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

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DA calls on ministers to act against major backlog

Loyiso Langeni
28 November 2014

The Democratic Alliance said it will write to Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi, and Minister of Police Nkosinathi Ntleko, to appoint a task team that will investigate the major backlog of blood alcohol tests, at the three National Forensic Chemistry Laboratories, in the lead up to the festive season.

DA MP of Health Wilmot James said when we have a delay like that it makes impossible for the country to prosecutor successfully or to prosecute at all when it comes to drunk and driving.

James added that this has caused a major problem in our justice system and we believe that 11 month long delay is unacceptable.

“We cannot allow drunk driving to go unpunished due to administrative backlogs,” James said.

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An elderly woman died in KZN crash

Loyiso Langeni
28 November 2014

ER24 paramedics responded to an accident this morning after a light motor vehicle crushed beneath a truck on the M13 in Fields Hill, KwaZulu Natal, leaving one person losing her life.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said they arrived on scene and found the road blocked by a large truck that lay on its side. A light motor vehicle lay crushed beneath the truck and crane attachment.

Meiring added that on assessment, paramedics found that an elderly woman lay trapped within her vehicle. Unfortunately she had already succumbed to her injuries.

He emphasised that rescue services were on scene to extricate the woman’s body from the vehicle.

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

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ACDP welcomes racial addressing of UCT students

Oscar Thomas 28 November 2014

The African Christian Democratic Party Western Cape leader, Ferlon Christians MPP, welcomes the action taken by UCT vice-chancellor, Dr Price, in addressing all students and staff with a letter concerning the racial abuse by UCT students.

Christians said The ACDP agrees with his statement that there will never be any justification for racial attacks of any nature.

Christians said though the ACDP does severely condemn these attacks, we also feel that the students, in a cognitive rationale of historical events, are immature, and that the correct punishment should be handed down in light of this.

Christians said these attacks have also shown that victims can act with decorum in addressing the matter and handling the situation in the proper manner.

“Despite 20 years of democracy, the fact that issues such as these are still around is just an indication of how much harder we should work on repairing ills of the past Christians added.
 

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Murder of KwaDabeka CHC nurse condemned

Oscar Thomas
28 November 2014

The Democratic Nursing Organisation has condemned the gruesome killing of a female nurse in Kwa Zulu Natal.

DENOSA Provincial Secretary Cassim Lekhoathi said it is alleged that she was encountered by people who appeared to have been planned to kill her.

Lekhoathi appealed to community members to assist law enforcement agencies in bringing these perpetrators to book.

No arrests yet been made.

Lekhoathi said we are shocked and saddened by this callous and inhumane act.

Lekhoathi said What is even worse is that it has come at a time when we’re engaged with creating a better environment for women, through the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

Lekhoathi said his loss affects us greatly, as we are determined to ensure that every corner of the country has a qualified health worker, providing the best care possible.

Lekhoathi said Even though this incident happened outside the premises of the institution, the nurse died in her uniform, after serving the community.
 
“We therefore offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends and hope that the perpetrator will be apprehended and subjected to the full might of the law Lekhoathi added.

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ACDP calls on Western Cape Government

Loyiso Langeni

28 November 2014

 
The African Christians Democratic Party in the Western Cape has called on Western Cape Government to urge the National Department of Health to address blood sample backlog to ensure that reckless drivers are not allowed onto roads.

 
ACDP’s Ferlon Christians said this could lead to traffic offenders causing more deaths on our roads.

 
“They went out to test traffic offenders that were caught for drunken driving and those tests have been sent to Department of Health.

 
We believe that 15 000 perpetrators will walk free due to the backlog and this is unacceptable,” Christains added. 

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Fire at factory left two people with burn injuries

Loyiso Langeni
27 Novemebr 2014

Two people have sustained minor burn injuries following a fire at a factory in Krugersdorp earlier today.

it is understood that a hydraulic pipe came loose from a machine which led to an oil spillage that sprayed on the furnaces resulting in a fire.

ER24 Spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said they treated five people for various injuries including smoke inhalation.

Bodasing added that after assessment and treatment it was found that only one patient required transportation to hospital.

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

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Western Cape Government to roll out broadband to schools next year

Loyiso Langeni
27 November 2014

The Western Cape Government will next year begin the roll out of broadband to schools, which will allow increased access to the cyber-world. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Jessica Shelver said our schools are central to the Broadband project as the Western Cape government has identified e-learning as a key strategic priority to improve the quality of education in the province.

“In preparing for this roll-out, the WCED have developed an e-catalogue website. Our aim is to populate this website with digital education resources, creating an online catalogue of digital resources that can be used by teachers, learners and parents when broadband comes available.” Shelver added.

She emphasised that our aim now is to receive as much education digital content as possible from various developers across SA and the world-over.

“The WCED is therefore inviting developers of digital education resources to join the department as it expands access to e-learning in the province.” Shelver said

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Three died in Alberton crash

Loyiso Langeni
27 Novemebr 2014

An accident this morning has left three people dead and two others critically after a vehicle rolled multi times on the N12 near the R59 in Alberton.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Mering said the arrived on scene and found that three people had sustained fatal injuries while two sustained critical injuries.

Meiring added that parmedics begun their assessement and treatments for the patients providing them with advanced life support shortly after treatment they were tranported to a nearby hospital for urgent medical treatment.

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

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Senoir legal adviser killed, suspect sought

Oscar Thomas
27 November 2014

Standerton Police are searching for suspects who murdered a senior legal adviser. 

47-year-old Yandisa Marongo was shot in the head and his body was disposed of after he was murdered. 

Colonel Leonard Hlathi said he was last seen on the 11th of this month and a case of murder has been opened for investigation. 

Hlathi said following the discovery of his body, a post-mortem was conducted on Monday, 24 November 2014, to determine the cause of death and it revealed that Marongo was shot on the head.

Hlathi said Police further uncovered that his cellphones, Samsung Laptop and Sony sound system were missing from his house. His vehicle, a blue Audi A4 TDi, with registration number DH17RF GP is also missing.

“A case of murder has been opened for investigation. Police urge any person with information that may lead to the arrest of the perpetrator or perpetrators to contact Detective Constable Duma Mkhwanazi at 072 856 9040 Hlathi added.

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Police arrest detective for corruption

Oscar Thomas
27 November 2014

A 27-year-old detective from Claremont was arrested for corruption and defeating the ends of justice. 

Captain FC van Wyk said the detective faked a statement after an assault case of a female cleaner was withdrawn due to the furnished statement.

The detective is expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate Court today.

Van Wyk said police will continue to root out corruption in the province said in our ongoing endeavours to root out corruption within SAPS, a member from Claremont police station’s Detective Unit was arrested this morning.

Van Wyk said Emanating from a Claremont assault case where a cleaner was allegedly severely assaulted and the case subsequently withdrawn by the senior public prosecutor due to a statement furnished by the constable, who was responsible for the investigation.

Van Wyk said the member allegedly submitted a sworn statement to withdraw the case when the victim had no intention of doing so.

Van Wyk said the member received an undisclosed amount of cash from the suspects to cover the victim’s medical costs, but allegedly never handed the money to the victim.”

“The 27 year old detective was arrested at his residents in Eersteriver van Wyk added.

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ACDP calls education Department to place 10 500 kids in schools

Loyiso Langeni
27 November 2014

The African Christian Democratic Party in the Western Cape has called on the provincial education department to urgently attend to the 10 500 children who still need placement at schools. 

ACDP Provincial Leader Ferlon Christians said education for any child is vital therefore the department needs to do everything in its power to fix this problem. 
Christians added that we know most of the grades but we are calling on MEC of Education Debie Schafer and the Education Department to put these pupils in place because education is important

“We also asking parents to play a key role in taking their children to school.” Christians said.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SAMWU: Women and child abuse a threat to human rights

Loyiso Langeni
26 November 2014

The South African Municipal Workers Union said women and children in the country suffer in silence on a daily basis.

This as Tuesday marked the start of 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Women and Children Abuse. 

Presidnet Jacob Zuma officially launched the campaign on Tuesday under the theme “Count Me In.

Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward. Samwu Spokesperson Papikie Mohale said the violence against women is undoubtedly a threat to human rights and takes different forms such as physical abuse, rape, sexual harassment, child abuse, emotional abuse and financial abuse.

Mohale added that statistically, over 60% perpetrators of such abuses have themselves been victims or were brought up in a household where they witnessed abuse.

“We should therefore tackle the root causes to be able to totally eliminate this social ill. It further reminds us that action is not just confined to the 16 days but should be every single day of the year.”  Mohale said.

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Case against three Eskom’s employees arrested for fraud postponed

Loyiso Langeni
26 November 2014

Three Eskom employees were arrested by the Hawks Crime Intelligence and the Eskom crime team during a sting operation over the weekend.

Hawks Spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said the three were arrested for fraud, corruption and possible contravening contravention of the Electronic Communication and Transaction Act of 2002, to the tune of 3.5 billion-Rand. 

Ramaloko added that the suspects appeared briefly in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday on those charges, only one suspect was granted R2000 bail.

He emphasised that the case against two suspects was postponed to the 1st of December for formal bail application.

“We believe that the three, are part of a bigger syndicate was trying to defraud Eskom. Our investigation is continuing and we are not sure if more arrests should be made or not.” Ramoloko added.

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ANC in the WC condemns latest racist attack incident

Lusanda Bill
26 November 2014

The African National Congress in the Western Cape has called on government in the province to act against racism.

This follows the brutal and racist attack of a woman in Claremont allegedly by five University of Cape Town students. 

ANC’s Marius Fransman said they will keep an eye on the developments of this case and take action when needed.

Fransman said we cannot continue to treat people as if they are subhuman in the Western Cape. What we have seen our elders whether they are white, black, coloured African or Indian, when an elder is being abused by young white men it becomes a problem.

“We are calling on all police personals to immediately act, we are calling on UCT to suspend those involved and we are calling also on the judiciary to nail them, because this is unacceptable and the ANC will not tolerate our people being treated as if its apartheid still” Fransman added.

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MEC shocked by child-on-child rape incident

Oscar Thomas
26 November 2014


Western Cape MEC of Social Development Albert Fritz said he is concerned about the alleged rape of a seven-year-old boy by a ten-year-old boy in Khayelitsha.

MEC Fritz said this incident is worrying and a major concern. 

He added that as a department they will continue to give support to both boys.

Mec Fritz said we are once again very shocked at this specific incident.
 
Fritz said our specific services in this regard will go out and do what we can to look at the issue of intervention.

“We also want to call on society especially our Parents to really be far more constructive and proactive in order to prevent children from committing such horrendous crimes Fritz added.

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Cut up body found in Camps Bay

Lusanda Bill
26 November 2014

Cape Town police are investigating a case whereby a cut up body was found at Camps Bay. 

The body was discovered by council workers while they were cleaning in Cosy Bay. 

Police Spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Andrè Traut said the motive for the murder is not yet known. 

Traut said the workers discovered a male torso wrapped in a plastic sheet as well as human parts also found in a plastic bag.

“The identity of the victim and other aspects pertaining to the matter are yet to be established” Traut added.

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UCT investigates assault of Delia Adonis

Loyiso Langeni
26 November 2014

The University of Cape Town on Tuesday said it has embarked on an investigation of five students who allegedly brutally and racial attacked Delia Adonis in Claremont. 

Police allegedly tried to conceal the case. 

The University’s Kemantha Govender said they take these allegations seriously and they will be investigating the matter.

Govender said we kindly urge any witnesses to please contact Mr Steven Ganger at Uct’s campus protection services on 021 650 2226 or you can email steven.ganger@uct.ac.za 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Grade 12’s urged to party responsibly

Loyiso Langeni
25 November 2014

 
The Western Cape government has urged Grade 12 learners to celebrate responsibly as this Friday exams will come to an end. 

The provincial government has also appealed to candidates who will be finishing their exams on Friday to stay focused. 

Candidates have also been reminded that they must be available to write until the 4th of December for any eventuality that might occur until the end of the examination process.

Ministerial Spokesperson Sipheshile Dube said we are working closely with municipalities to ensure that all these party goers are safe during this time.

“We have also appealed to candidates to excise extreme caution during this time in our roads and to always obey speed limits and to avoid destruction while they are diving to avoid late night driving where possible.” Dube added.

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Education Committee monitors North West and Limpopo schools for 2015

Loyiso Langeni
25 November 2014

The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has embarked on an oversight visit to the North West and Limpopo. 

The aim of the visit is to see preparations for school readiness for 2015 and assess school nutrition programme.

Last month several learners were hospitalised for eating food contaminated with particles of glass and stones in Limpopo. 

Chairperson of Portfolio Committee on Basic Education Nomalungelo Gina said we are going to monitor the readiness of the schools for the upcoming year, mostly the Learner Teacher Support Materials, are they delivered and enough, are the teachers there at the beginning of the year for our schools well functionally.

Gina added that they will also be looking at issues many programmes that we have in department like school nutrition is it well taken of. 

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Agreement with political parties in regards with Parliament broken

Loyiso Langeni
25 November 2014

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the agreement that was made with political parties last week has been broken.

Leaders of political parties had a meeting with Deputy President Ramaphosa where they discussed that the agreement reached last week could not proceed due to the Democratic Alliance tabling a motion of censure against President Jacob Zuma.

Ramaphosa said government will continue to engage with parties on matters on how to maintain a very good decorum in Parliament. 

He emphased that the deal is off that we have struck, it was lastly breached by the Democratic Alliance’s motion of censure against the President which departed from the spirit around which the deal was struck.

“We also said that we must now allow process in Parliament to unfold. As the leader of government business we opened to continue to meet with political parties into the future to discuss matters of interest.” Ramaphosa added.

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Debate around increase in pass requirements rages on

Lusanda Bill
25 November 2014

The National Professional Teachers Organisation said it is necessary to increase the pass requirements at school but the way it has been done has disadvantaged pupils. 

This follows the Department of Basic Education on Monday stating that the as from this year schools will adjust their exams scores for pupils in Grade 7, 8 and 9.

The organisations Basil Manuel said the change was too soon. Schools who are setting their exams at a particular level find that more than 50% of the children are failing. However they are not failing because they don’t know the work but because the pass requirements have changed and they are required to know much more.

Manuel said this increase in pass requirement must be done in batches and not in one go because it will not turn out good for the pupils.

Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance said it believes that increasing the pass requirements needs proper support for teachers and students. 

DA MP of Basic Education Annette Lovemore said merely increasing pass requirements cannot increase the quality of education. 

Lovemore said the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga is now having to intervene and allow schools to adjust their marks so that they do not have a high failure rate. The effective is the pass marks will be exactly the same as they were previously.

“What the Minister has to do is to go back to basic, she has to make sure that our children can read, write, understand what they read and apply what they read before she can look at sophisticated solutions like increasing the pass mark that can come, but reading and writing must come first” Lovemore added.  

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A bus accident leaves 26 people injured

Lusanda Bill
25 November 2014

An accident late last night on the N3 near Escourt in KwaZulu Natal left 26 people injured, this is after a bus lost control in wet weather and overturned. 

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics had to battle heavy rain as well as hail while treating the patients for their injuries. 

Meiring said the injuries of the 26 people ranged from minor to moderate and they were all transported to hospital for further medical care.   

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

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16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children launched

Lusanda Bill
25 November 2014

As today marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, South Africans have been called to take a stand against violence and abuse. 

In South Africa someone gets raped every four minutes and an estimated 30 percent of girls will be raped by the time they are 18-years-old. 

President Jacob Zuma will officially launch the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children in Reiger Park. 

Presidential Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children is an international campaign observed from 25 November to 10 December to raise awareness of the negative impact that violence has on women, children and society.

Maharaj added that this year’s campaign will be held under the theme “Count Me In. Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward”.

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SAPS stomp down on crime in Nyanga

Oscar Thomas
25 November 2014

Operations in Nyanga led to the arrest of 197 suspects for various crimes including drugs, illegal possession of firearms and traffic violations. 

Captain FC van Wyk said 77 houses were searched for drugs and 17 illegal firearms were confiscated during the operations last week.

FC van Wyk said all these arrests were made during visible patrols, tracing operations, as well Vehicle Check Point conducted during operations over the weekend.

FC van Wyk said drugs that were confiscations were 63g of Heroin,442 units of Tik,72 Mandrax Tablets,54654.1g of Dagga,78 fines to the value of R70 300 were also issued during VCPs conducted,47 shebeen operations were conducted and 51 769.9 litres of liquor was confiscated,8 stolen motor vehicles were recovered and 17 illegal firearms were confiscated.

 “These successes are part of an attempt by the police in the province to eradicate crime in the cluster and to ensure a safe and secure environment for the communities living in these areas FC van Wyk added.

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DA calls for investigation of the brutal attack of Delia Adonis

Loyiso Langeni
25 November 2014

The Democratic Alliance has called for an immediate investigation into the brutal attack of Delia Adonis and the officers dealing with the case. 

It is alleged that Adonis was attacked by five students after she tried to assist a man who was being attacked.

Police allegedly tried to conceal the case. 

DA MP of Police Dianne Kohler Barnard said the police officers responsible for concealing the evidence in Ms Adonis’s case must be brought to justice. The IPID is a crucial mechanism for South Africans to hold those police officers to account, I am talking about those police officers who do not do their jobs.

Barnard added that she will be persistent in ensuring McBride institutes the necessary disciplinary action against criminal cops across our country.

“It is these members of the police service who undermine the good work done by the vast majority of the men and women of our police service.” Barnard said.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Police operation in Mitchell’s Plain leads to 40 suspects being arrested

Loyiso Langeni
24 November 2014

Mitchell’s Plain Police Cluster over the last week conducted several operations in the area. 

Eight operations were conducted which led to 40 suspects being arrested for various crimes. 

Six firearms and several ammunitions were confiscated during the raids which took place in several houses in Mitchell’s Plain. 

Captain FC van Wyk said during the past week 67 houses were searched for drugs, whereby 158 suspects were arrested.

Van Wyk added that drugs confiscated included 21 heroin units, 325 packets of tik, 271 mandrax tablets and 1 135 g of dagga.

 “The Mitchell’s Plain cluster police management want to thank all community structures of Mitchell’s Plain who joined the South African Police Service in combating crime, further we urge the community to remain vigilant.” Van Wyk said.

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Department of Education boosts exam scores for secondary school

Loyiso Langeni
24 November 2014

The Department of Basic Education has announced that as from this year schools will adjust their exams scores for pupils in Grade 7,8 and 9.

The department's Elijah Mhlanga said this will improve the quality of education in the public schooling system. This means that pupils now have to pass eight out of nine subjects before pupils had to pass only seven. The adjustment also means that pupils have to get a 50% for their home language.

Mhlanga said we felt that the best way to do it was to start at the lower grade not at the senior phase to ensure that those learners in grade 7, 8and 9 adjust to the new requirements before they get to Grade 10, 11 and even matric.

"In order to prepare them, for a better performance, you need to start when they are still young and still in the lower grade, by the time they get to grade 12 they would have already adjusted to the new requirement.” Mhlanga added.

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33-year-old shot dead while leaving Mzoli’s in Gugulethu

Lusanda Bill
24 November 2014

Cape Town police are investigating the murder of a 33-year-old woman who was shot and killed after leaving Mzoli’s in Gugulethu late last night.

Captain FC van Wyk said it is believed that the woman was about to take a taxi home when she was allegedly attacked.

Van Wyk said the motive appears to be an armed robbery as the victim’s cellphone was taken.  The circumstances of the murder are being investigated and no arrests have been made as yet.

“Anyone with information about this incident is kindly requested to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the Gugulethu police” Van Wyk added.

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Missing Child Alert: Wasief Gaffoor


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DA calls for Parliamentary inquiry into SAA CEO's appoinment

Oscar Thomas
24 November 2014

The Democratic Alliance has called on Paliamentary Inquiry into South Acrican Airways CEO’s appointment.

This after newspapers reported that SAA Acting CEO Nico Benzuidenhout has mislead SAA and does not hold a Bcom degree or an MBA as previous cited on his CV and the SAA annual report.

DA’s MP of Public Enterprises Natasha Michael said Bezuidenhout must imediately be suspended pending the outcome of an inquiry into his appointment.

Michael said Mr Bezuidenhout has clearly misled the airline, and therefore his appointment must be set aside.

Michael said she would write to the chairwoman of the portfolio committee on public enterprises Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba requesting that a parliamentary inquiry be conducted into the circumstances surrounding Bezuidenhout’s appointment.

“The time has come for the Minister of Public Enterprise, Lynne Brown, to once and for all clean up the mess at SAA Michael added.

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One fisherman died and another still missing at St Helena Bay

Lusanda Bill
24 November 2014

The search is continuing for a fisherman who went missing following their boat that capsized in St Helena Bay. 

National Sea Rescue Institute Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said there were three men on the boat when it capsized which resulted in one person losing his life and the other missing and one managed to reach the shore. 

Lambinon said the body of the skipper of the boat was found washed up on the shore.

“However the Police Dive Unit are continuing to search for the fisherman” Lambinon added.

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Missing Child Alert: Boitumelo Aka Manana


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Missing Adult Alert:Sarel Willem


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MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela hand over title deeds in Delft

Loyiso Langeni
23 Novemeber 2014

Western Cape Human Settlements Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela will today hand over 100 title deeds in Delft on which R3.2 million rand has been spent in subsidies.

He said that 22 of the title deeds will be for pensioners and 78 for non-pensioners.

The title deeds transfer and handover is part of the Departments strategy to inculcate a sense of ownership and responsibility amongst housing beneficiaries.

Madikizela said Its part of Enhanced Extended Discount Benefit Scheme where we are spending R3 million to pay off the debt of those people to become home owners.

“It is very exciting because those people have been living in those houses before 1994 and they have been paying and we are now playing our part as government to make sure that we meet them in half way by paying outstanding amount so that they become home owners Madikizela added.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

One killed and four injured in Steynsburg collision

Loyiso Langeni
23 November 2014

An accident this morning on the R720 left one person dead and four others with multiple injuries when their Toyota Hilux collided with a tree.

ER24 Spokesperson Werner Vermaak said when they arrived on scene a man in his twenties was found outside the vehicle with fatal injuries. It is believed that he was ejected during the collision.

"Upon further assessment they found four others with multiple injuries, ranging from lacerations and fractures.

The occupants in the vehicle were extricated from the vehicle and stabilised on the scene and later transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care." Vermaak added.

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

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Phoenix TRT members arrest four suspects wanted for a string of house robberies in Verulam

Oscar Thomas
22 November 2014

KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Lieutenant Mmamonnye Ngobeni welcomes the arrest of four wanted suspects for murder and a string of house robberies in Verulam. 

Major Thulani Zwane said members were patrolling at Etafuleni area, Inanda yesterday, 20 November 2014 as part of Festive Season operations when they received information about wanted suspects for house robberies and murder in the area.

Major Zwane also said the members followed up on information that led to the arrest of four suspects in the area.

Zwane said the members followed up on information that led to the arrest of four suspects in the area.

Zwane said Goods such as laptops, cell phones, TV sets and an unlicensed firearm and ammunition were recovered.

Zwane said these goods are suspected to have been taken during the house robberies that were reported at Verulam area.

Zwane said two of the arrested suspects were linked to the murder and business robbery case at Inanda area where Dahir Farah was shot and killed in his shop on 20 October 2014 at about 9:00. 

Zwane said the recovered firearm is suspected to be used during the shooting and it will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if it was used in any other crime in the province.

Zwane said the other two suspects were linked to a string of house robberies that were reported at Verulam as from March this year.

“All arrested suspects aged between 22 and 24 years are due to appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court soon Zwane added.

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OUTA challenge Dr Roelof Botha

Loyiso Langeni
22 November 2014 

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance has challenged Dr Roelof Botha to a public debate.

This follows comments he made regarding e-tolls stating that those we do not pay taxes should shut up about e-tolling. 

Outa’s John Clarke said Botha needs to apogees and it is clear that he believes that e-tolling is pro-poor.

“It was a ridiculous comment to make and it is retractable so we acknowledge that its but not for us as OUTA to be in a position to accept it. The poor need to hear it and need to hear his case.

What we have proposed is that they have a debate where Roelof Botha, myself and two other people on the other side, in a basically have a helpfully construction intellectual engagement as to whether or not e-tolling is pro-poor or not.” Clarke added.

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