Thursday, April 02, 2015

DA shocked at turnaround of ANC MP’s regarding maintenance defaulters

Lusanda Bill
02 April 2015

The Democratic Alliance has expressed shock at the alleged turn-around of ANC Members of Parliament in the Justice and Correctional Services Portfolio Committee, regarding maintenance defaulters.

DA Interim Federal Leader of the Women’s Network Denise Robinson said parents who do not meet their financial obligations to their children should be penalized.

Robinson said everybody had agreed to the blacklisting of maintenance offenders but at the last minute the ANC said they would not agree to it and that the bill must be sent back for redrafting.  

“Now this is very concerning, our women and children are vulnerable all people who should be paying maintenance should be doing so. You have to take responsibility for your children” Robinson added.


Home Affairs Department extends working hours during Easter holidays

Loyiso Langeni
02 April 2015

The Department of Home Affairs has extended working hours at a number of selected ports of entries across the country during the Easter holidays. 

The department has also deployed an additional 127 staff to the ports of entry to enhance service delivery levels.

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba said key stakeholders engaged on the time and dates to effect the extended operational hours.

Minister Gigaba during last year’s Easter weekend from the 17th to the 22nd of April our immigration service processed a total 754 616 travellers at South Africa’s National Ports of Entry.

“This figure comprise 535 960 foreigners and 218 000 South Africans. The highest volume ports of entry for the 2014 Easter weekend were Oliver Tambo International Airport, Bake Bridge, Maseru, Libombo Fiksburg, Oshoek and Groblers Bridge.” Gigaba added.

Meanwhile Minister Gigaba said the department is ready for this Easter Holidays. The department has held consultation with leaders of the Zionist Christian Church to urge their members to travel gradually rather than on a single day as they embark on their pilgrimage during Easter.

Gigaba said I would like to inform citizens and all our clients that, we are ready swiftly with the highest level of professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness to process all travellers in and out of South Africa during this period.

“I would also like to express our gratitude to the departmental officials, particularly stationed at ports of entry and those who are volunteers in other section and for dedicated service and willingness to serve in such a critical time” Gigaba added.


Missing Adult Alert Found: Maud Shai


EFF strongly rejects the appointment of Ngubane

Mbasa Gqokoma
02 April 2015

The Economic Freedom Fighters has rejected the appointment of Dr Ben Ngubane as newly appointed Chairperson of the Board of Eskom citing a recycling of the same problem that characterised Zola Tsotsi.

Ngubane was appointed earlier this week following the resignation of Tsotsi which he stated that he was stepping down in the interest of the company and the country.

EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says Ngubane has a very bad record that he brings from the SABC.

He said that as the chairperson of the SABC he left just after the public protector was investigating systemic government problems.

Ndlozi said that “so we know that he has been appointed because of his proximity to the president Jacob Zuma.

This is a long trend of appointment for home boys and home girls that are linked to the president not because of their capacity but because of their proximity to the president and we reject his appointment”, Ndlozi added.


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Security increased at 412 schools identified as high risk for vandalism

Mbasa Gqokoma
01 April 2015

As the first term of school has come to an end today the Western Cape Department of Education, said it has increased security at four-hundred and twelve schools identified as high risk for vandalism and burglary.

MEC Debbie Schafer said this term the department experienced minor challenges but majority of schools started teaching and learning on day one of the school year.

Ministerial Spokesperson Jessica Shelver says we would like to appeal to parents to ensure our learners make the most of the rest of their school year.

Parents play a key role in building reading and writing of their children by encouraging them to read during the holiday and after school hours.

Schafer said that we also urge community members to be extra vigilant throughout the holiday period and to immediately report any suspicious behaviour or activities that occur within the premises of the schools and to report this immediately.

We wish you all a short but well-deserved break during the April holiday, Schafer added.



SAMWU shocked over Metrobus shooting in Johannesburg

Mbasa Gqokoma
01 April 2015

The South African Municipal Workers Union has expressed its shock over the shooting incident on a Metrobus west of Johannesburg this morning.

The shooting left the driver of the bus in a critical condition. Police have now launched a manhunt for the five suspects who held the driver and two passengers at gunpoint before robbing them of their valuables.

Samwu Regional Secretary Meisie Sekaledi says we urge Metrobus management to ensure the state of their employees more especially those who perform their duties in the wee hours of the morning.

We further urge anyone who has information to approach a nearest police station so that these criminals face the full might of the law, this is what we need as unions that the law has to take its own course because we cannot live in a country where people are not safe, Sekaledi added.


Department of Basic Education to publish provincial infrastructure norms and standards

Lusanda Bill
01 April 2015

The Department of Basic Education will soon publish provincial infrastructure norms and standards.

The process will include Minister Angie Motshekga going through all draft plans and interrogating and scrutinising all details.

In a statement the department has stated that it is working tirelessly to ensure that the school infrastructure norms and standards are implemented in a systematic and efficient way.

Ministerial Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said these plans were put together as part of the regulations for minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure. As government we want to show that we are committed to rolling out infrastructure to all our schools to make sure that they have facilities that are required for normal schooling to take place.

Meanwhile the department has rejected allegations that by not publishing the norms and standards it has something to hide.

The DBE said it has always had a reliable track record of transparency and it has always been the intention of the department to make the plans public in order to allow members of the public to monitor implementation for relevant stakeholders.

Mhlanga said the allegations by some of the NGO’s is so not true and that we cannot rush this process as it is too important.       



MEC Plato welcomes reintroduction of the Specialised Gang Units

Lusanda Bill
01 April 2015

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato has welcomed the reintroduction of the Specialised Gang Units by Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko.

In a statement MEC Plato said the lack of detectives, poor investigations on gang and drug related crimes, insufficient witness protection for those willing to speak up, as well as the lack of sustainable visible policing in areas have allowed violence, gangsterism and the crippling drug trade to be left undiminished.

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said this major first step taken by the Minister is a victory for everyone in the province who has suffered for too long under the scourge of gangs and drugs.

Botha said MEC Plato has been calling for the reintroduction of the Specialised Gang Units since 2011 as there units have the necessary resource and expertise to investigate thoroughly and make concrete arrests which will lead to convictions in court.

“Around the world specialised units are used to tackle gang and drugs and the same was done in South Africa until a few years ago when the former police minister disbanded them” Plato added.


Ramatlhodi calls for transformation in mining sector

Loyiso Langeni
01 April 2015

The National Union of Mineworkers has welcomed the release of the Mining Charter Assessment report.

NUM said in a statement that it is concerned about transformation in the mining industry, and the failure by the industry to reach the Mining Charter targets.

Mineral Resources Minister Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi said the Department will further strengthen the efficacy of the Mining Charter through a review process to accelerate the transformation imperative in the mining sector and create a conducive environment for the sustainable growth of the sector.

NUM Head of Transformation Unit Luthando Brukwe said our concern is the heart of confirmation which deals with the element of ownership, in terms of ensuring that ownership goes to previously disadvantage South Africans, especially the three elements which speaks to meaningful empowerment, in terms of the Mining Charter.



76 suspects arrested for various crimes in Cape Town

Loyiso Langeni
01 April 2015

Over the past weekend the City of Cape Town’s Metro Police arrested 76 suspects on various charges including drunk driving, possession of drugs and possession of dangerous weapons.
With over 45 motorists arrested for drunk driving Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said government needs to have a serious conversation on how to better deal with drunk driving.

Smith added that officers also arrested a 31 suspects for drugs possession assault and possession of dangerous weapons, vehicle theft and confiscated quantities of tik, dagga and mandrax worth about R1 500

"We had one incident in Kraaifontien, the officers found the suspect in possession of 100grams of uncut tik with an estimated street value of more than R140 000. They also impounded a Volkswagen golf that he was driving” Smith said.


MEC Gigaba to stress importance of international migration,

Oscar Thomas
01 April  2015

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba has stressed the importance of steering the conversation on international migration.

He was speaking on Tuesday at the fourth and final International Migration Policy Roundtable in Pretoria.

Minister Gigaba said these discussions on migration have been very important in shaping several policy documents that the department is currently busy with.

Gigaba added that they hope that they should be able to approach cabinet with a document of sort. at present we think that the new policy will have about ten chapters it will introduce new elements that have not been there before.

“One of those is kicking it off with the argument to why international migration is important and we going to look at international migration rather than immigration” Gigaba added.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

President Zuma needs to table Marikana Report in Parliament without delay

Oscar Thomas
31 March 2015

The Democratic Alliance has called on President Jacob to commit to a date by which the official Marikana Report would be tabled in Parliament.

The Marikana Commission of Inquiry, headed by retired judge Ian Farlam, was established two years ago by President Zuma to investigate the deaths of 34 miners in 2012.

DA MP of Police Dianne Kohler Barnard said it is unlikely that the police were the only state entity responsible for what culminated on that fateful day.

Barnard said In terms of section 84f of the Constitution, the President is empowered to launch a Commission of Inquiry and did so following this tragedy that gripped the world.

Barnard said it is therefore President Zuma’s sole responsibility to submit this report to Parliament without delay.

“He should do so sooner rather than later to avoid any speculation that he could withhold the findings and recommendations made by the Commission to protect those implicated for undue political reasons” Barnard added.


Cape Chamber of Commerce says N1/N2 Winelands toll judgement a victory for transparency

Oscar Thomas
31 March 2015

The Cape Chamber of Commerce said the judgement regarding the N1/N2 Winelands toll roads project is a victory for transparency and the public of the Western Cape.

On Monday the Western Cape High Court set aside a ruling that ensured details surrounding the tolling project were kept out of the public domain.

Back in 2013 the City of Cape was granted an interim interdict allowing for the blocking of the project, pending a full review in court.

Cape Chamber President Janine Myburgh said this is a victory for transparency and the public of the Western Cape are indebted to the Council for the determined way it perused this case in the public interest.

Myburgh said these secrets reveal that he whole public consultation process was a sham as no meaningful comment was possible without the knowledge we now have.

“We have pointed out before that not a single institution in the Western Cape supported the tolling of these roads but all objections were swept away allowing the views to the consortium and SANRAL to prevail” Myburgh added.


NUM welcomes resignation of Zola Tsotsi

Oscar Thomas
31 March 2015

The National Union of Metalworkers of South African has welcomed the resignation of Eskom Board Chairperson Zola Tsotsi.

NUM General Secretary Frans Baleni in a statement said the sooner there is stability at Eskom the better for the country.

Tsotsi resigned last night stating that he is stepping down in the interest of the company and the country, to allow the board to focus on the core issues facing Eskom.

NUM Acting National Spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu said we welcome the resignation by the former Eskom Board Chairperson Zola Tsotsi.

Mammburu said it has been long overdue.

“The sooner we get stability in so far the executive are concerned the better so that the oversight which is the Eskom board can focus on overseeing” Mammburu added.


President Zuma says matters at NPA and Hawks are dealt with

Jaimie-faith Poonah
31 March 2015

President Jacob Zuma says matters facing the National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks are being dealt with.

The NPA is currently dealing with the strange disappearance of its deputy Nomgcobo Jiba, and the Hawks tackling the suspension of Hawks boss Anwa Dramat and the fighting with Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

In a statement President Zuma said Minister Nhleko has assured him that due process will be followed with dealing with the Hawks matter.

Presidential Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the two ministers assured the president that they attending to the matters relating executive managers of the National Prosecuting Authority and the issues that have played out in the public.

Maharaj said government will ensure that confidence in the justice crime prevention and security cluster will remain solid and that cluster continues with critical tasks of fighting crime and corruption and ensuring the safety and security of the public.


One life lost on the M7 in Durban

Jaimie-faith Poonah
31 March 2015

An accident this morning on the M7 east bound in Durban claimed the life of one person after the car she was driving in lost control and landed in front of a petrol tanker.

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

Netcare 911 Chris Botha said a mini had travelled toward North Park when the lady lost control, went into the opposite lane and then landed in front of a petrol tanker.

Botha said the petrol tanker crashed into her and pushed the vehicles off the road through the barriers and just stopped before it went down a very steep embankment.

Botha said tragically the lady died on scene due to the extensive injuries that she had sustained.


NPA welcomes Thandi Maqubela sentence

Jaimie-faith Poonah
31 March 2015

The National Prosecuting Authority has welcomed the sentenced handed down to convicted murderer Thandi Maqubela.

The Western Cape High Court sentenced Maqubela to eighteen years in jail for the murder of acting judge Patrick Maqubela.

Judge John Murphy handed down the following sentences count one murder charge of fifteen years, count two forgery charge of three years and count three fraud charge of three years. Count two and three will run concurrently.

Western Cape NPA Spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said as the states we do accept the sentence although we did ask for a sentence that is more then the prescribed minimum sentence on the murder.

Ntabazalila said we do accept and at last she will go to prison.


Housing subsidies application to open from 1st -17 April

Mbasa Gqokoma
31 March 2015

The Western Cape Department of Human Settlements will on the 1st of April until the 17th of April open the applications for individual housing subsides.

The provincial government has implemented additional criteria to ensure that the limited subsides available were allocated to those who have been waiting for houses for a long time and were most vulnerable.

MEC of Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela said often potential housing beneficiaries had used the individual housing subsidy as way to jump the housing queue.

Departmental Spokesperson Nathan Adriaanse says for those of our communities we have people earning between zero and R3 500 they are the ones who qualify for the housing subsidy.

Having said that, we have revised the criteria somewhat in that they will need to be on the housing demand data base for a minimum period of ten years and also in line with National government we asked that priority be given to applicants over the age of 40, Adriaanse added.



Three suspects arrested and two shot dead in KwaZulu Natal

Mbasa Gqokoma
31 March 2015

Three suspects aged between 24 and 28-years-old have been arrested and two shot dead following a shootout between police in Newland East, KwaZulu Natal.

It is believed that police tried to stop a suspicious looking vehicle but then occupants jumped out and allegedly shot at the police members.

The three suspects have been charged with possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition and will appear in court soon.

Major Thulani Zwane says it is alleged that some of these occupants jumped out of their car and fired shot to the members.

The members reiterated as a result one member was shot and killed. The members managed to arrest three suspects.

The fetch them and found an AK47 as well as a 9ml pistol, both these firearms were unlicensed, Zwane added.



Business as normal at Eskom following the resignation of Zola Tsotsi

Loyiso Langeni
31 March 2015

Eskom Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says they will be working together with the new acting Chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane to make sure that Eskom remains financially sustainable.

This follows the resignation of Chairperson Zola Tsotsi last night stating that he is stepping down in the interest of the company and the country, to allow the board to focus on the core issues facing Eskom.

Phasiwe said that they will be working together with the new interim chairman, together with the executives we will make sure that we do what we have to do.

“Our main focus at this stage is to keep the lights and also to make sure that the security of power supply for the country which is the number one priority for us and also making sure that we remain financial sustainable.” Phasiwe added.


COPE: Justice System in scandalous chaos

Oscar Thomas
31 March 2015

The Congress of the People has described the country’s criminal justice system as scandalous and in chaos.

This follows several incidents occurring in the country which include the disappearance Deputy Head of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba and the alleged fight between National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana.

Cope Spokesperson Dennis Bloem said these situations are threatening to turn our country into a banana republic, where rule of law will cease to exist.

Bloem said this is totally out of order and we want to condemn that.

Bloem said the Presidents name is constantly coming up in all this controversy in government but we really want to call on the President if those allegations are true.

“He must put the country first and not his own personal interest” Bloem added.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Eleven injured in taxi collision

Oscar Thomas
30 March 2015

An accident earlier today has left a total of eleven people injured on the M37 in Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu Natal.

It is believed that a taxi and a light motor vehicle collided into each other. The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on scene and both light motor vehicles blocking the middle of the road.

Meiring said the occupants from the taxi and light motor vehicle were found sitting around the scene.

Meiring said on assessment, paramedics found that eleven people had sustained only minor injuries in the collision.

Meiring said fortunately no-one had sustained any serious injuries.

Meiring said Paramedics treated the patients for their injuries and thereafter transported them to various hospitals for further observations.

“Local authorities were on scene to begin their investigations” Meiring added.


City of Cape Town concerned regarding vacant private plots

Oscar Thomas
30 March 2015

The City of Cape Town has raised its concern regarding vacant private plots that have to be cleaned as they are neglected which poses health risks.

In the 2013/2014 financial year, the City’s Environmental Health Department issued 1 846 compliance notices to private property owners who were found to be in contravention of the City’s Environmental Health By-law.

The City of Cape Town states that the vacant plots has set the city’s health back nearly 2-million-Rand.

Mayoral Committee Member for Health Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli said we conducted 2000 site visits, cleaned up 642 private property owners.

Mamkeli said these property owners are supposed to take care of their property and that is why we are calling on Communities to help and work with us the City of Cape Town to ensure that these vacant plots are attended to by their owners.

“If not maintained the space will become a playground for illegal activities and great health hazards within communities” Mamkeli added.


Shabangu welcomed decision by the WCHC to reject an appeal by a suspect

Jaimie-faith Poonah
30 March 2015

Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women Susan Shabangu last week welcomed the decision by the Western Cape High Court to reject an appeal by a suspect on a case of Ukuthwala.

33-year-old Mvumeleni Jezile was in 2014 sentenced to 22-years in jail on three counts of rape, one count of human trafficking and one of assault.

He also forcefully married a 14-year-old girl in 2009. In a statement Minister Shabangu said government would continue in its endeavours to ensure that the democratic rights of women and children are protected.

Ministerial Spokesperson Motalatale Modiba said on the one hand they send a message that cultural practices can no longer be used to violate the rights of women and children, and yet on the other side they say to other perpetrators that the arm of the law is not short, and time will not erase crime committed.

Modiba said ultimately perpetrators will have to face the might of the law.


Draft regulations on motor vehicle licence fee increases published

Jaimie-faith Poonah
30 March 2015

The Western Cape government has published the draft regulations pertaining to motor vehicle licence fee increases in the province.

The provincial government is proposing an increase of three percent which remains lower than the current inflation rate of three point nine percent.
The closing date for public comment on the possible license increase will be on the 24th of April 2015.

Department of Transport and Public Works Ministerial Spokesperson Siphesihle Dube said the department had issued mandatory amount of increases for a number of years, between 2006 and 2013 when they were finally increased, this due to pervious increases being very high.
"The figures are now inline mostly with other provinces and they look forward to the revenue that would be generated from these motor licence fees to continue support our roads network and keep them up to standards that is known to be ahead of other provinces" Dube added.


Two seperate accidents leaves four people dead

Oscar Thomas
30 March 2015

An accident this morning involving a taxi and a car left three people dead.

It is believed that the two vehicles collided into each other which resulted in the taxi rolling about 50 meters from where the incident occurred.

ER24 Spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said ER24 paramedics and other services arrived on scene and found the badly damaged vehicles. One person was entrapped in the car. The woman, in her early 30’s, was extricated by Fire and Rescue Services.

Bodasing said she was assessed. Her vital signs were weak. She had to be resuscitated but unfortunately died. The taxi driver and driver of the car had also sustained fatal injuries. They were found lying on the road. It is believed they were ejected from the vehicle.

Meanwhile in another tragic accident one person died and two sustained critical injuries when the vehicle they were travelling in rolled on the N17 in Secunda, Mpumalanga.

ER24 Spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said When ER24 paramedics and other services arrived on scene they assessed the people.

Bodasing said unfortunately there was nothing paramedics could do for one of the people. He was declared dead.

Bodasing said the other patients were treated and transported to hospital.




Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to wrap up SADC Facilitation Mission

Loyiso Langeni
30 March 2015

Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will today visit Lesotho for a ceremony to close down the Southern African Development Community Facilitation Mission.

Ramaphosa was the SADC facilitator to the mountain kingdom involved in creating conditions for the recent general election.

Deputy President Spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said the ceremony which will witness the lowering of the SADC Flag and the official closing down of the SADC Facilitation Mission will be addressed by the Facilitator, Deputy President Ramaphosa, Lesotho’s Prime Minister Phakalitha Mosisili and SADC Executive Secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax.

Deputy President Ramaphosa is expected to return to South Africa on Tuesday 31 March 2015.


MEC Mbombo on a TB awareness campaign at Pollsmoor

Lusanda Bill
30 March 2015

Western Cape MEC of Health Nomafrench Mbombo will today embark on a TB awareness campaign at Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison.

Last week was Tuesday was World TB Day with the national theme being “Ending South Africa’s TB epidemic: Accelerating our response in key populations.

MEC Mbombo said it is important to create awareness about the TB epidemic.

Ministerial Spokesperson Siviwe Gwarube said so part of the strategy in fighting the spread of TB is getting those who are infected onto treatment plans as quickly as possible.

Gwarube said this initiative is a partnership between an NGO that we work very closely with called TB Care Association and the Department of Correctional Services which with whom we have an agreement to supply medical expertise and our medical facilities to inmates in correctional facilities.


14 fatalities recorded in the Western Cape over the weekend

Oscar Thomas
30 March 2015

Western Cape Traffic Authorities over the past weekend conducted 24 roadblocks across the province of which 3090 vehicles were stopped and checked. 

1 740 drivers were screened for driving under the influence of alcohol and 25 people were arrested for the offence.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said a total of R343 000 fines were issued during the roadblocks. 

Africa said the highest speed recorded in the Western Cape was 159 in 120 zone and that was on the N1 near Brackenfell.
“On the N1 just outside Beaufort West it was 113 in a 100 zone and in Knysna on the N2 a 120 in an 80 zone” Africa added.

Meanwhile 14 fatalities were recorded on the province roads over the weekend. Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says the number of people dying on the province's roads remain a concern.

Two drivers died in a motor vehicle accident in the Gordons Bay area. In observatory, one pedestrian died in an accident.

Another pedestrian got killed in Sea Point and another one in Goudini.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said there was also one accident in the Saldana area where one driver lost his life in a motor vehicle accident.

Africa said a cyclist got killed in a motor vehicle accident in Oudtshoorn.

Africa said in Vredenburg 1 passenger died in an accident and earlier yesterday morning shortly after 3am in Hindle road Delft there was a head on collision between a Corsa vehicle and a Golf motor vehicle

“In this accident six people lost their lives, 2 in the Corsa and 4 occupants in the Golf vehicle died in this accident which brings the total fatalities to stand on 14” Africa added.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

DA : R50 million worth of job creating projects squandered

Oscar Thomas
29 March 2015

At a meeting of the Portfolio Committee the DA Minister of Tourism James Vos raised the issue that the National Department of Tourism had failed to implement R50 million worth of projects associated with the Social Responsibility Implementation program.

According to the schedule of projects submitted to Committee, a substantial number of projects have been placed on hold as a result of poor management from project implementer’s, some of whom are under forensic review.

Vos said a substantial number of projects have been placed on hold as a result of poor management from project implementer's, some of whom are under forensic review.

Vos said what is of even more concern is that some of these projects and investigations into them date as far back as 2011.

“This failure is essentially a lost opportunity to create jobs for South Africans because if implemented successfully, the nation could have had a further R50 million worth of job creating projects” Vos added.


Elderly woman killed in collision

Oscar Thomas
29 March 2015

An elderly woman died and eight other people were injured when the bakkie they were in rolled on the R501 about 20km from Potchefstroom late last night.

It is understood the driver lost control of the vehicle.

ER24 Spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said the vehicle rolled and landed in the veld.

Bodasing said when ER24 paramedics and other services arrived arrived on scene they found people scattered across the area.

Bodasing said an elderly woman was assessed.

Bodasing said she sustained multiple injuries. Unfortunately there was nothing paramedics could do for her. She was declared dead.

Bodasing said other patients were assessed. Four children between the ages of six and 14 sustained minor injuries.

Bodasing said all other patients sustained minor to moderate injuries.They were treated. They were transported to local hospitals.

“Authorities were on scene for further investigations” Bodasing added.


NUM Youth Forum position on Vavi attacking NUM national leadership

Oscar Thomas
29 March 2015

The National Union of Mineworkers Youth Forum has noted alleged insulting and disgusting comments made by Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on his twitter page about the NUM national leadership.

Vavi on his twitter said the NUM would still be a union of choice had its national leaders not abandoned workplace issues for a preoccupation with Vavi.

NUM Youth Forum Secretary Mgotywa Sabelo said this divisive character has taken himself too seriously thinking he is bigger than anyone and the Cosatu.

Sabelo said our national leaders do not have time or energy to fight Vavi. They have time to do organisational work. 

“Unity of Cosatu is of paramount importance but we will not allow this divisive character and the so-called social media revolutionary to mislead the society” Sabelo added.


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