Friday, July 25, 2014

Eleven children injured in an accident in Kempton Park

Mluleki Mrwebi
25 July 2014

ER24 paramedics attended to an accident scene this afternoon along CR Swart Road in Kempton Park whereby eleven special needs kids were left injured. 

It is believed that the taxi they were in collided with a bakkie and a truck. 

ER24 Spokesperson Luyanda Majija said the children age between seven and 12 years-old sustained minor to moderate injuries.

Majija said they were treated on scene before being transported to hospital.

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

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MEC Madikizela says allocation of houses needs to be done fairly

Mluleki Mrwebi
25 July 2014

Western Cape MEC of Human Settlement Bonginkosi Madikizela said his department will continue to monitor the construction project in Langa. 

MEC Madikizela said it is alleged that there are some illegal activities taking place in the allocation of the houses to the rightful beneficiaries. 

He visited the site on Thursday and stated that the allocation of the houses needs to be done in a fair manner.

About one hundred houses are now ready to be handed over to the right beneficiaries.

MEC Madikizela said there was a concern that was brought forward by some residents in Langa and those allegations are being looked closely.

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SACP condemns EFF invasion at the Gauteng legislature

Mluleki Mrwebi
25 July 2014

The C South African Communist Party in Gauteng has condemned the illegal invasion by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters this week at Gauteng legislature.

EFF members led by Julius Malema vandalised property, assaulted people and looted food.

This took place in broad day light at the legislature and parts of the CBD.

SACP Deputy Secretary Mpapa Kanyane said the MEC Ntombi Mekgwe has called for all those members who were there to be disciplined.  

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White River accident leaves eight fatalities

Natalie Malgas
25 July 2014

Netcare 911 paramedics attended to an accident scene this morning on the R40 in White River, Mpumalanga. The accident left eight people died and nine others injured.
Santi Steinman, Netcare 911 spokesperson, elaborated on the fatal road accident, “upon arrival on the scene paramedics found an overturned minibus. The accident resulted in 8 fatalities, and one critically injured victim.”

It is understood the critically injured occupant was immediately transported to hospital, while nine other injured patients were treated on scene before receiving hospital care.

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

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Improving service delivery on MEC Grant’s agenda

Natalie Malgas
25 July 2014

Western Cape MEC of Transport and Public Works Donald Grant, on Thursday delivered his budget vote on the National Public Works Budget Speech at the National Council of Provinces.  MEC Grant said co-operative governance is crucial to achieve better service delivery.

While presenting his speech at the NCOP MEC Grant focused on key issues such as audit outcomes, skills development, infrastructure delivery and management as well as leveraging state assets.

Moreover, in his speech, MEC Grant highlighted some ways in which the Western Cape government has gone above its mandate to ensure all these areas are strengthened.

Grant further noted the Province’s clean audit from the Auditor General and reiterated a “strong focus on effective skills development and transfer.”

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Seven people died in an accident in Nelspruit

Lusanda Bill
25 July 2014

A major accident this morning on the R40 near Rockydrift in Nelspruit left seven people dead and one critically injured. 

It is believed that the taxi carrying the passengers lost control and overturned. 

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said when ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene they discovered the wrecked taxi lying in the veld.

Meiring said fifteen people lay around the taxi with seven of the occupants sustaining fatal injuries.  Eight other occupants also sustained injuries ranging from moderate to critical.

“Paramedics had their hands full with the various patients providing them with advance life support.  One of the critically injured patient had to be airlifted to hospital due to the serve injuries she had sustained” Meiring added.

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

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Missing adult alert: Victor Silkfontein


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Missing adult alert: Malusi Nkosana


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Western Cape reduced mother to children transmission rate of HIV/AIDS

Oscar Thomas
25 July 2014

Western Cape MEC of Health Thenus Botha said the province is seen as a laboratory around the world where lessons can be learnt. 

This follows a congress on World Aids which was held in Australia.

MEC Botha said the province has already reduced the mother to children transmission rate to 1.8 percent over the last five years, which is the lowest in the country. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Helene Rossouw said they deliver abstract presentations to the audiences about the development we have done in the Western Cape HIV ARV program.

“These people look up to the Western Cape as a laboratory successes and challenges in their own country Rossouw added.   
 

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Missing adult alert: Joseph Koot Grobelaar


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Missing adult alert: Mcebisi Ntsendwana


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Missing adult alert: Jerome Hendricks


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Missing Adult Found Dead: Gideon Stephanus Perold


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Government addresses several current issues

Oscar Thomas
25 July 2014

 
Government on Thursday presented to the media, cabinet’s position on several current issues which included Operation Phakisa, the New Development Bank, the violence between Israel and the Palestinian and the hijacking incidents which took place last week in Reiger Park and Bronkhorstspruit. 

Communication Minister Faith Muthambi said cabinet has approved the 2014-2019 Medium-Term Strategic Framework which will serve as the first five-year plan building block towards the 2030 vision in the National Development Plan.

Muthambi said during the 2014-2019 administration the number of outcomes has been increased to 14, with the addition of two new outcomes.Social protection,social cohesion and nation building.All in all,these 14 outcomes cover all the chapters of the NDP.

Meanwhile Women’s Month will be launched at the Union Buildings at the end of this month by President Jacob Zuma. 

The theme will be 60th anniversary of the Women’s Charter as part of the 20-years of Freedom, Moving Women’s Agenda Forward.

Communication Minister Faith Muthambi said these key events mark achievements by exceptional local women and the gains made by all South African women.The details of these event will be announced in due course.

 

 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

DA wants stats of police officers with criminal offences

Mluleki Mrwebi
24 July 2014
 
The Democratic Alliance said a reply to its question to the Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko regarding the number of police members who have been convicted or has criminal offences in the last year has revealed a serious problem within the SAPS.
 
DA MP of Police Dianne Kohler Barnard said Minister Nhleko does not know how many cops have been convicted in the last year as the figures are not readily available. 
 
Barnard said the country can not afford to have police officers that are criminals and the Minister himself does not know anything about this and this needs to be investigated.
 
She added that the DA will be writing to Parliament and this needs to be finalsed sooner.

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Eleven suspects arrested for theft and possession of stolen property

Mluleki Mrwebi
24 July 2014

Lwandle police over the weekend arrested eleven suspects for stolen property in the area. 

Constable Phindiswa Gcume said police conducted an operation with the aim of recovering stolen geysers at a hostel in Lwandle. 
Gcume added that seven geysers were discovered during the search. 

She added that the suspects appeared at the Strand Magistrate court.

 

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Suspect arrested for being in possession of nine bags of dagga

Mluleki Mrwebi
24 July 2014

Rawsonville Police arrested a suspect after he was found of being in possession of dagga on the N1 at a truck stop. 

Captain FC van Wyk said police were conducting patrol duties when they noticed bags covered with branches in front of a truck near the weight bridge. 

Van Wyk said when police inspected the bags they found that there were nine bags which contained dagga. 

Police proceeded to search the trucks and started with the one where the bags were found. 

Van Wyk said the driver and the passenger agreed to be search and the police found dagga with a street value of R 534,00.

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WC government committed to empowering people with disabilities

Lusanda Bill
24 July 2014

Western Cape MEC of Social Development Albert Fritz while delivering his Budget Vote in the National Council of Provinces Chamber last night said, a tangible commitment to delivery and empowerment of people living with disabilities is needed. 

MEC Fritz said people living with disabilities have historically been neglected in South Africa and this needs to change. 

He added that the Western Cape government is declaring 2014/2015 the year of focusing on disabilities. 

Meanwhile MEC Fritz has welcomed the allocation of R150 million by the National Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini to establish treatment centres for substance abuse in the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, North West and the Free State. 

He added that the quality of services that people receive at the various treatment centres is important for the provincial government.

“The Western Cape has ten treatment centres for substance abuse and specifically for substance abuse” Fritz added. 

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Ten children injured in an accident in Polokwane

Lusanda Bill
24 July 2014

An accident this morning at the Marshal and Dorp Road intersection in Polokwane left ten children between the ages of six and eleven-years injured. 

This is after the vehicle they were travelling in lost control and rolled over coming to a standstill on its side. 

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said three ER24 ambulances arrived on scene and found one six-year-old girl trapped inside the vehicle which was lying on its side. 

Meiring said the other young patients were all scattered on the road.  Paramedics then immediately started extrication of the young girl trapped in the vehicle. 

“Once she was free advance life support was performed on her. Nine other children were treated for their injuries ranging from minor to moderate.  All the patients were transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment” Meiring added.

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

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Popcru happy with review of the SA Police Service Act

Lusanda Bill
24 July 2014

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union said it is happy with the move by the Minister of Police to professionalize the Police and review the current SA Police Service Act. 

Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko delivered the police’s budget vote in Parliament this week. 

Popcru’s General Secretary Nathi Theledi said they acknowledge the steps taken by the Minister in the recruitment processes of new police members entering the department.

Theledi said the union will continuously engage in terms of prioritising areas of service delivery to ensure that all South Africans are kept safe and secure, as this is the mandate of the South African Police Service.

“We are comfortable with the budget by the Minister of Police and he has our full support” Theledi added.    

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Missing Adult Alert Found: Michelle Luyt


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DA: South Africa’s Mathematics in a shocking state

Oscar Thomas
24 July 2014

The Democratic Alliance said the current state of mathematics study in South Africa is shocking. 

DA MP of Basic Education Annette Lovemore said in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo the number of schools not offering mathematics has grown substantially over the last three years.

Lovemore added that the confusion with respect to learner numbers and teacher placement does not bode well for any urgent action, as promised by President Zuma in his State of the Nation Address. 

Lovemore said there are 227 schools in South Africa  not offering Mathematics.

“When asked about how many Mathematics teachers are at schools they did not have an answer and my question is how are we going to plan on improving the situation if we do not know these crucial details Lovemore added.

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Missing Adult Found: Anthony Guest


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Abalone confiscated near Gaansbaai

Mluleki Mrwebi

24 July 2014

The Organised Crime Unit on Tuesday confiscated bags of abalone at a building in Gaansbaai.

It is alleged that the abalone was hidden and waiting to be transported.

The Police have asked the public to come forward with any information that may lead to the arrest of suspects.

Captain FC Van Wyk said no one has been arrested as yet in connection with this and the abalone is estimated to the value of R 8 524.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

21 SJC members appeared in court over illegal gathering

Mluleki Mrwebi
23 July 2014

The Social Justice Coalition today marched to support the twenty-one SJC members who are standing trial after they chained themselves to the railings outside the office of Mayor Patricia de Lille.

The members were charged with contravening the Regulation of Gatherings Act by convening and attending an illegal gathering. 

The members appeared today at the Cape Town Magistrate Court and will appear again on Thursday. 

SJC’s Luthando Ntokota said will continue fighting for the rights of the people and the authorities need to take them seriously. 

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Twelve people injured in an accident in KZN

Mluleki Mrwebi
23 July 2014

ER24 paramedics this morning attended to an accident scene on Sweetwaters Road in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, whereby a taxi rolled over leaving twelve people injured. 

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics arrived on the scene and found the patient lying around and some other patients were treated for mimnor injuries.
He added that the injured were transported to the nearby hospital for further care.

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

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A 31-year-old man arrested for murder in the Eastern Cape

Mluleki Mrwebi
23 July 2014

A 31-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday night by Eastern Cape police in connection with the murder of a 28-year-old woman. 

Police Colonel Sibongile Soci said the man has been charged with murder and is expected to appear in court soon. 

Soci said the woman was reported missing on July the 10th and her body was found on the 21st July not far from the scene.

She added that the Eastern Cape Police Commissioner has commeneded the police that worked around the clock to arrest the suspect.

 

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MEC Winde supports Operation Phakisa

Natalie Malgas
23 July 2014

As President Jacob Zuma launched Operation Phakisa over the weekend, the Western Cape government has committed its support of the programme.  Operation Phakisa plans to create one million jobs in key maritime sectors.

Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, said marine economic development depends on well-functioning harbours. 

He added that the province’s twelve small fishing harbours can play a crucial role in supporting fishing communities and providing them with access to other economic opportunities. 

Through ministerial spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste, MEC Winde confirmed the province’s support of Operation Phakisa:

“The Western Cape is in full support of President Jacob Zuma’s Operation Phakisa. We are working with them, agriculture and other IDZ sectors.”

MEC Winde reiterated that through co-operation, his department could stimulate growth and jobs of the oceans economy.

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A search for a missing man continues at sea

Loyiso Langeni
23 July 2014

The National Sea Rescue Institute is continuing a search this morning of a man who fell overboard the Port Elizabeth long line fishing trawler at St Francis Bay. 

NSRI Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the man may have had a rope entangled around his foot which resulted in him falling overboard. 

“Despite the extensive search thought out the day which include NSRI, Chokka fishing boats, Helena Marie from which the fisherman have fallen on the board and two air force helicopters.No sign of the fisherman was found.

Air force and Helena Marie are continuing with the search but there is still no sign of the fisherman,”Lambinon

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Cosatu concerned about Impala Mine Union Bashing

Oscar Thomas
23 July 2014

The Congress of South African Trade Union in the North West said they are concerned about Impala Mine Union bashing.

Cosatu said it declares war on the Impala management for their continued union bashing against Num.

Cosatu North West Secretary Solly Phetoe said the Impala is undermining the laws and policies of this country.

Phetoe said management of Impala has never given us a security assessment plan for those workers who are due to go back to work.

“We need a secure and safe security plan in order for our workers safety to be guaranteed but they unfortunately have not managed to provide us with this Phetoe added 

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There is a drop in the WC schools vandalism and burglary

Mluleki Mrwebi
23 July 2014

The Western Cape Department of Education today released a report that it had received fewer reports of incidents of vandalism and burglary at schools during holiday.

The departments say this shows a drop in the reports of vandalism.

MEC Debbie Schafer said one burglary at a school is enough but they can be happy about this.

Schafer said during the June/ July holiday period 23 schools across the province reported incidences of vandalism and/or burglary. This represents a decrease from 31 incidents reported for the same period last year.
 
Of the 23 schools, the Cape Winelands District reported 9 incidents of burglary and vandalism. We received 4 reports from the Metro Central District, 4 from the Metro South District and 2 reports from the Metro North District.

 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cosatu NW condemns the attack of farm workers

Mluleki Mrwebi
22 July 2014

The Congress of South African Trade Union in the North West said they are concerned about the attacks on farm workers.

Cosatu North West Secretary Solly Phetoe said it is alleged that these attacks are racially motivated because eyewitnesses claimed that white farm workers were attacking black farm workers.

Phetoe said these attacks took place in areas such as Brits and Kleinfontein.

Phetoe said it is not the first time such attacks happen because back in the 2000`s there was a group that called themselves Amaporho Amathamara that was attacking farm workers.

He added that the security forces should look at this urgently and protect the workers that are being attacked.

 

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Upington police investigate a housebreaking

Mluleki Mrwebi
22 July 2014

The Upington Police are investigating a case of housebreaking after a 32 year-old suspect was caught in a closet at a house where he broke into with the stolen goods in his possession.

On Thursday, the Crime Prevention members were busy to conduct crime prevention duties in Jooste Eiland, Louisevale, Upington Cluster.

Constable Charlton Andrews discovered the alleged suspect in a closet in one of the rooms in the house.

Lieutenant Andrea Cloete said the stolen clothes were confiscated by the police and returned to the rightful owners and the suspect appeared in court today for his bail application. 

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Portfolio Committee Police calls on all resources to arrest high jack killers

Oscar Thomas
22 July 2014

The Portfolio Committee Police has criticised the killing of a 4 year-old Johannesburg boy after their car was high jacked.

The Committee calls on the police to deploy all its resources in order to arrest the criminals.

It is alleged that the boy was not quick enough to get out of the car during the highjacking and he was strapped by a safety belt.

Committee Chairperson Francois Beukman said we believe everything should be done in order to catch the perpetrators and bring before court as soon as possible.

“Our deepest sympathy goes to the family after the litte boy,the modest family and the people of Boksburg Beukman added.

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Boksburg accident leaves one dead and eight people injured

Loyiso Langeni
22 July 2014

An accident this morning at the Dickens and Trichardts Road intersection in Boksburg left one person dead and eight people injured when a taxi collided with a light motor vehicle. 

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said when they arrived on scene they found the intersection blocked by the two wrecked vehicles.

Paramedics discovered one man lying lifeless inside the taxi. Seven other occupants from the taxi as well as the driver from the light motor vehicle all sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate.

Paramedics treated the patients and thereafter transported them to nearby hospitals for further medical treatment.  

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

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CTICC to be expanded

Mluleki Mrwebi
22 July 2014

Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde said the expansion of The Cape Town International Convention Centre will deliver a significant boost for the Western Cape’s growing travel industry.

It is projected that the CTICC will add R22 billion to the national gross domestic product over the next five years.

Ministerial Spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste said the expansion of CTICC is a great initiative that will help to bring more business in the province.

She added that this is in line with the job creation and people in this province will benefit from all this.

 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

DA to protest on Higher Education Budget Speech

Mluleki Mrwebi
21July 2014

The Democratic Alliance will on Tuesday hold a protest for Higher Education Budget Speech by Minister Blade Nzimande.

DA Youth Chairperson Yusuf Cassim said despite our constant calls for an increase in the National Student Financial Aid Scheme budget, the Minister will again announce no new steps to ensure everyone has acces to the NSFAS.

Cassim said the students will continue with their protests up until the Minister make changes and accommodate as many students on NSFAS.

Cassim added that the Minister has been talking but no action and this is the time. 

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A man died after being hit by a car near Umhlanga

Mluleki Mrwebi
21 July 2014

A man has tragically died after he was hit by a car on the M4 North near the Umhlanga off ramp this morning.

A report from the scene indicates that the man tried to run across the busy highway when he landed in front of a vehicle traveling on the North bound lane.

ER24 Spokesperson Chris Botha said when paramedics arrived on scene the man had died due to his injuries.

The circumstances surrounding the accident are unknown at this stage and the police are investigating.

 

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Western Cape MEC announces policing consultation process

Oscar Thomas
21 July 2014

The Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato on Sunday announced the 2014/2015 policing needs and priorities consultation process.

The consultation process will include holding public hearing with communities. The process is scheduled to start on the 26 of July 2014.

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said the five month consultation process across the province aims to gather information from communities on their specific policing needs and priorities to be included in the PNP report which will be submitted to the National Minister of Police for his consideration, when determining where different policing resources are needed.

“It is important that all communities use the consultation process as an opportunity to have their say on their safety concerns. Through the PNP, the Western Cape Government is committed to working Better Together to increase the safety of all our communities Botha added.

 

         

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A Baby died and several others injured in Silversands collision

Loyiso Langeni
21 July 2014

ER24 paramedics and other services responded to an accident on Hindle Road in Silversands yesterday after a taxi and a light motor vehicle had collided.

Paramedics Spokesperson Luyanda Majija said they arrived at the scene and found that the deceased baby’s body lay inside the light motor vehicle.

“Three of the critically injured commuters were entrapped in the taxi and while their extrication was carried out the taxi caught alight. Fire fighters acted quickly and extinguished the fire before it could injure the patients further.” Majija added.

Majija said once the extrication was complete all patients, including the six moderately injured patients, were treated and thereafter transported to Tygerburg Hospital for urgent medical treatment.   

The incident is currently under investigation by local authorities. 

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WC Traffic Authorities held roadblocks over the weekend

Mluleki Mrwebi
21 July 2014

The Western Cape Traffic officials held 24 roadblocks over the weekend across the province.

1 949 vehicles were stopped in these roadblocks and 884 drivers were tested for alcohol.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said several drivers were arrested for various offences.

Africa said they arrested drivers for drunken driving, reckless and negligent driving. They also arrested one illegal immigrant in Mossel Bay.

Meanwhile several motorists were prosecuted on these roadblocks and issued with fines.  

Africa urged motorists to drive with care and tolerate each other more especially with the schools opening and the holiday makers returning home.

Africa said the total amount of fines issued was R 157 600 and the highest speed recorded in the Western Cape was 144 km/h on the N2 near Swellendam and there were fifteen fatalities reported over the weekend and out of those there were 7 pedestrians killed in different areas.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Three people died and six others sustained injuries in Klerksdorp

Mluleki Mrwebi
20 July 2014

Three people were killed and six others sustained minor injuries when a bakkie overturned on Klerksdorp, North West

ER24 Spokesperson Luyanda Majija said paramedics arrived on the scene and found that the three deceased had already succumbed to severe head injuries. They are suspected to have been in their twenties. 

Majija said six other occupants of the bakkie sustained minor injuries and were transported to Tsepong Hospital for observations.  The driver of the bakkie was left uninjured in the collision. The incident apparently occurred when he lost control and the bakkie overturned multiple times ejecting its occupants. 

The exact detail to the cause of the accident is not yet known and the police are investigating.

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