Sunday, May 01, 2016

Burst tyre causes deadly Cape Town

Leonie Pretorius

01 May 2016

Two people were killed and three injured when a car lost control in Kraaifontein, Cape Town this morning.

ER24 spokesperson Pieter Rossouw said that One of the vehicle’s tyres allegedly burst, which led to the driver losing control over the vehicle and the car rolling several times. 

The car had been travelling on the N1 between the Brighton Road and Okavango Road off-ramps.

Two people were thrown from the car.

They were declared dead at the scene. Three people sustained moderate to severe injuries.

OR Tambo customs, airline staff held after coke passes through

Leonie Pretorius

01 May 2016
Two customs officials, an airline employee and a foreign national are set to appear in court next week over cocaine that passed through OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

 Police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said that the the four men were arrested at the airport on Thursday.
Earlier that day,A 29-year-old man in transit to Lagos, Nigeria, had landed from Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Allegedly a drug mule, he was apparently allowed to pass through the airport with as much as 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of R425 000, in his body.
Two customs officials allegedly escorted the man to a hotel, where they were joined by an airline employee “who apparently came to collect the ejected drug bullets from the suspect’s body”.

The customs officers were charged with defeating the ends of justice.

 The alleged drug mule and airline worker would face drug dealing charges.

The four remained in custody ahead of their expected appearance in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Eastern Cape residents are urged to stay warm in this weekend

Nontando mafanya
30 April 2016

Eastern Cape residents have been warned to brace themselves for chilly and wet conditions this weekend as a severe cold front passes through the province.

South African Weather Service forecaster Phumla Goba yesterday said in a statement opposing weather conditions were caused by a surface high pressure system which extended its ridge over the Eastern Cape, behind a frontal system.

East London temperatures are expected to start at 12°C today, peaking at a low 14°C. Bhisho residents should expect a low 8°C, warming to a chilly 13°C later in the afternoon.

Mthatha started out at 7°C this morning and is expected to peak at 13°C. A warning of heavy clouds and very cold temperatures are expected, with showers in some places.


Opposition parties want NPA to reinstate corruption charges against S.A President

Nontando Mafanya
30 April 2016

Opposition parties are now calling on the National Prosecuting Authority to reinstate over 700 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma, in connection to the so-called spy tapes saga.

Yesterday, the High Court in Pretoria set aside former NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe’s decision to discontinue Zuma’s prosecution on corruption charges.

Mpshe reached his decision after considering representations from Zuma which included secret recordings of former scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy The so-called spy tapes showed that McCarthy and former NPA boss Bulelane Ngcuka had made political considerations,- while deciding on when to serve the indictment on Zuma. 

The Democratic Alliance’s Mabine Seabe says in a statement its time Zuma face the music after seven years.  Congress of the People’s Dennis Bloem says in a statement Zuma is now a suspected criminal.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Response Task team found illegal substances in Bishop Lavis

Mbasa Gqokoma
28 April 2016

Provincial Operational Response Task team members on Wednesday, searched a house at Bishop Lavis.

Police Spokesperson Captain van Wyk in a statement says, on the premises members found a 7.65 pistol with four rounds, a .22 revolver, two sachets of dagga, one sachet tik and a stolen VW Golf vehicle.

Police allegedly arrested a 51-year-old suspect who is due to appear in the Bishop Lavis Magistrates Court soon on charges of illegal possession firearms and ammunition, possession of drugs and stolen vehicle.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Mitchells Plain Crime Prevention Unit members stopped and search a suspicious looking youth and found 95 packets of tik, and 30 units of heroin in his possession.

A 15-year-old youth was arrested and later released on a warning to appear in court into the care of his parents.

The suspect faces a charge of possession of drugs.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

R2K will handing over a memorandum today
Nontando Mafanya
27 April 2016

The Right to Know campaign will today be handing over a memorandum calling for government to reconsider its surveillance capabilities. 

The group is calling for a reform of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Communication-Related Information Act which they claim oversteps on the rights of citizens.

 Last month, the United Nations Human Rights Committee issued a report condemning the country’s surveillance capabilities.

 Right to know will be handing over their memorandum to officials at the Office of the Interception Centres in Sandton later today.  

The group’s Murray Hunter says there has been countless cases over the years showing the way in which the state is “spying” on some citizens.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

City's Health Dept officially openes New Community Day Centre in Delft

Leonie Pretorius
26 April 2016

Today the Western Cape MEC of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, officially opened the new Symphony Way Community Day Centre.

The facility will provide further healthcare coverage for communities currently serviced by the Delft CHC.

With the drastically increasing Delft population, the newly opened Symphony Way Community Day Centre comes as welcome addition to the department service offering.

In a statement, MEC Spokesperson, Luyanda Mfeketo says “The new facility represents an investment of close to R50 million in the health of people in Delft”.

He said “It will be serviced by a staff complement of 58 staff members and uses modern technology, including Digital X-ray and e-reception, which creates an easy flow of operations around the clinic”.


Classes disrupted by vandals in Bonteheuwel

Leonie Pretorius
26 April 2016

The Western Cape Education Department says some classes will be affected at a Bonteheuwel high school today after vandals robbed the institution.

Arcadia High School’s roof and several windows were allegedly damaged by the vandals who also targeted the computer lab.

The provincial education MEC’s spokesperson Jessica Shelver says “We can confirm that Arcadia High School was targeted by vandals over the weekend”. 

Shelver says they can’t win the fight against such incidents without the community’s support


Mbalula: revoked privileges will not affect Commonwealth Games

Simamkele Vakaza
26 April 2016

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says his decision to revoke the privileges of some sporting federations over their failure to meet transformation targets will not affect the country’s ability to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Mbalula announced yesterday that SA Rugby, Athletics South Africa, Netball SA and Cricket South Africa have had their rights to host international tournaments revoked for failing to transform adequately.

He said the decision to implement punitive measures should come as no surprise as the federations themselves agreed to the terms of an important persons group on transformation.

Questions have been raised about the impact the decision will have on the Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Durban.

But Mbalula says he believes federations would have done better by then.


EFF to defend itself in treason chargers laid by the ANC

Simamkele Vakaza
26 April 2016

The African National Congress laid charges yesterday evening against the Economic Freedom Fighters at Johannesburg's Hillbrow police station.

The EFF says it will defend itself in court against treason charges brought against it by the ANC. 

Malema warned the ruling party that if it continued to respond violently to peaceful protests, his party would remove the current government, 'through the barrel of a gun'.

 The comments were made by EFF leader Julius Malema in an interview with TV network over the weekend.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Hendrik Louw Primary School expresses condolences to the family of a boy who died

Nontando Mafanya
25 April 2016

Hendrik Louw Primary School in Strand has expressed its condolences to the family of a boy who had been electrocuted at his home near Gordon's Bay.

The grade six learner was reportedly playing in the yard when power cables fell on him on Friday afternoon.

It's believed strong wind uprooted a tree, which crashed into wires, causing them to snap. School principal John Reynecke said, It was a big shock to the school and the community.


Mbalula suspends privileges of SA players from bidding for international tournaments.

Nontando Mafanya
25 April 2016

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has suspended the privileges of SA Rugby, Cricket South Africa and Athletics SA from bidding for international tournaments due to lack of transformation.

He has also resolved to cancel the privileges of Athletics South Africa, Cricket South Africa, Netball South Africa and South African Rugby to host and bid for major and mega international tournaments in the Republic of South Africa as a consequence of the aforementioned federations, not meeting their own set transformation targets with immediate effect.

Mbalula made the announcement during the release of the Eminent Persons Group on Transformation in Sport in Pretoria.


DA refuses to intervene in banks’ standoff with oakbay

Leonie Pretorius

25 April 2016

The Democratic Alliance has alledgedly turned down a request to meet the CEO of Gupta-linked company, Oakbay Investments.

 In a letter addressed to party leader Mmusi Maimane, Nazeem Howa asked him to appeal to several banks to review their decision to close Oakbay’s bank accounts because it may lead to significant job losses.

 But the party has dismissed the request as inappropriate.

Last week, it emerged that the ministers of finance, mineral resources and labour would be interacting with the banks to discuss the account closures.

 Members of the Gupta family have allegedly resigned from all non-executive and executive positions in the company.




Sunday, April 24, 2016

CPUT workers are demanding a Wage and Housing subsidy increase

Simamkele Vakaza
24 April 2016

Cape Peninsula University of Technology striking workers say while their frustrations with management are rising, they will not take drastic action as they wait for a response concerning their grievances.

The staff members are demanding a wage and housing subsidy increase.The striking employees on Friday threatened to shut down CPUT campus.

Spokesperson Ben Turner said, “We are not going to do anything that is irresponsible to the institution or our workers. Management has decided to take strong action against them, but we’ll see what that entails and take the matter forward.”


UDM election manifesto launch in Pretoria today

Simamkele Vakaza
24 April 2016

The United Democratic Movement will launch its election manifesto in Pretoria today.
The Manifesto’s purpose is for Bantu Holomisa to strengthen the UDM's support base in Gauteng.

The opposition party founded in 1999 by Holomisa following his expulsion from the African National Congress.

Yesterday the Democratic Alliance held its Manifesto in South of Johannesburg at Rand Stadium.

The DA says it has enough experience to successfully run municipalities and gave examples of Cape Town. The DA has also promised to speed up the provision of water, sanitation and electricity in the towns and cities that it governs.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

ANC to visit communities affected by the heavy storms in CT

Simamkele Vakaza
23 April 2016

Hundreds of homes were flooded as rains and heavy storms hit Cape Town on Friday afternoon, resulting in a lot of destruction, particularly in the poor Communities and informal settlements.

Worst affected areas Macassar, Khayelitsha, Philippi and Marcus Garvey. Over 150 homes have been destroyed. All communities were affected yesterday by the heavy winds and rain, including Constantia, Fish Hoek, Wynberg and others.

The ANC, in partnership with local businesses will be visiting various communities today and tomorrow in order to bring much needed relief in these affected communities.


WC Police Officer shot in Delft

Simamkele Vakaza
23 April 2016

Police have opened a case of murder after yet another police officer has been fatally shot in the Delft area.

Western Cape Police spokesperson, Noloyiso Rwexana, says the officer was in his private vehicle at the time of the incident. 

A case of murder is being investigated and anyone with information has been requested to contact their nearest police station.

On Monday morning, Constable Lindekile Sikade was allegedly shot and killed in front of his house and robbed of his firearm.

Another policeman based in Mitchells Plain was shot on Thursday evening. He's currently in hospital.

The police's Noloyiso Rwexana said, “We’re investigating a case of murder after an incident which happened last night in Delft where an off-duty constable was fatally wounded by an unidentified suspect.”


Two women shot in Durban this morning

Simamkele Vakaza
23 April 2016

Two women sustained serious injuries when they were shot in Pinetown, Durban during the early hours of this morning. Both women were treated and stabilised on scene before being transported to hospital. The exact circumstances surrounding the incident is not yet known.

 “ER24 arrived on Dale Street in Pinetown where they found the two injured women”, said Werner Vermaak, ER24 Spokesperson.

 “A woman, believed to be 29 years old, was found with a gunshot wound to her neck”, said Vermaak.

“Another woman, believed to be 21 years old, was found a few meters away with a gunshot wound to her leg”, added Vermaak.


DA election manifesto today in Johannesburg

Simamkele Vakaza
23 April 2016

The Democratic Alliance will launch its 2016 local government election manifesto at the Rand stadium in Johannesburg today.

It says it expects about 20 000 people to attend the launch which marks the official start to its campaign for the August 3rd elections.

In the 2011 poll the DA won 24 percent of the vote and it runs 18 councils, including the Cape Town Metro. The party is confident that it can win South Africa's economic hub and other key metros that the ANC governs in the country.

DA is unveiling its vision for the country's municipalities. It is expected to showcase its successes in the Western Cape.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Metrorail Arsonist to apply for bail

Leonie Pretorius

22 April 2016

A man accused of an arson attack on a train at Cape Town station is expected to apply for bail next week.

He was taken into custody after several carriages were gutted in a fire about two weeks ago.

 It was one of several incidents in which Metrorail infrastructure was torched or vandalised in the city, crippling train services.
 The 47-year-old man faces a charge of arson.

  He’s expected back in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Monday.

Investigators have linked him to an incident in which 10 coaches were set alight at the Cape Town train station two weeks ago.

 Police have yet to make arrests in connection with other arson attacks and acts of vandalism. Metrorail has offered a R100,000 reward for information which could lead to further arrests.




Suspects arrested for dealing in drugs and possession of unlicensed firearm

Leonie Pretorius
22 April 2016

Western Cape Police say two suspects aged 22 and 25 year old were arrested for allegedly dealing in drugs yesterday.

Police received information from the community that people are selling drugs in Siyahlala, Smarty town, Paarl East.

The members immediately followed up the information and the following drugs was confiscated. 539 dagga fingers, seven powdered mandrax tablets, 15 three quarter mandrax and 15 half mandrax tablets.

The suspects are expected to appear in Paarl Magistrates’ Court once charged.

Meanwhile, Centane Police arrested three suspects all males aged 27, 31 and 40 for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The suspects were arrested on Thursday along Main Street in Centane.

The police were patrolling and did stop and search operations when they came across a suspicious vehicle with the three suspects.

The vehicle was stopped and the pistol with ammunition were found inside their vehicle.

The firearm’s serial numbers were scratched off. No one had a licence to possess the firearm.

All the suspects were arrested and charged with possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The firearm will be sent for ballistic testing to establish if it was not used in the commission of crime.

All the suspects will appear before the Centane Magistrates’ Court on Monday. 


Gang boss arrested again

Leonie Pretorius
22 April 2016

Reports have emerged that former gang boss Rashied Staggie has allegedly been arrested.

Staggie is understood to be one of four suspects taken into custody by the Hawks yesterday.

The group was apparently found in possession of firearms and suspected stolen contraband on the N1 highway.

The Hawks' Hangwani Mulaudzi says in a statement, officers were following up on a theft that occurred in Johannesburg.


Druglord Arrested in Beaufort West

Leonie Pretorius
22 April 2016

Western Cape police yesterday welcomed the lengthy jail sentence handed down in the Beaufort West Magistrate’s Court on a foreign drug lord.

37-year old Nigerian national, Paul Udoji was allegedly arrested twice in one year with large amounts of tik and Mandrax estimated at R1m.

He was convicted and sentenced to sixteen years on two charges on     two charges of possession of drugs.

The sentences are to run concurrently.


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