Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Eight suspects arrested for robbing a grocery store in Indwe

Chumani Simelela
09 February 2016

The Multi-Disciplinary Task Team led by the Dordrecht and Indwe Visible Policing. Public Order Policing and ElliotK9 unit arrested eight suspects, aged between 24 and 44, who allegedly robbed a local grocery store on Sunday 07 February. The suspects were arrested within hours after the robbery was reported to the police. Police Captain Ursula Roelofse explains.    

‘’It is alleged that just about the shop’s closing time, six men entered and robbed the customers of their personal belongings and took an undisclosed amount of money and fled’’.

‘’The suspect also demanded the key to a Corsa vehicle, from one of the customers and fled. Two suspects escaped from the scene and one was apprehended by the public and handed over to the police’’.


She concluded...‘’Four other suspects, were waiting outside the shop in a Quantum Bus. The suspects the drove in a Quantum towards the direction of Indwe’’.

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Suspects in PE on a charge of illegal possession of abalone

Simamkele Vakaza
09 February 2016

Five suspects aged between 25 to 35 years old will appear in the Port Elizabeth magistrate’ court today. On a charge of illegal possession of abalone. 

It is alleged that on Saturday police in Kabega Park were following up on information of alleged illegal abalone activities when they spotted a suspicious while Isuzu bakkie on N2.

“Kabega police with the assistance of the Port Elizabeth Flying squad followed the vehicle”, said Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

“After realising that the police were following them, the vehicle sped off in the direction of Gelvandale, they were involved in an accident”, she added.

“The three occupants were arrested and a large quantity of abalone was seized from the vehicle”, she concluded.


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President Jacob Zuma says people are happy with him

Siphelo Bayana
09 February 2016

President Jacob Zuma says  people are happy with government’s performance, contrary to what is being reported in the media. The President made the comments after a walk-about in Marabastad, Pretoria, on Monday where he spoke to hawkers, produce market traders and foreigners at the Home Affairs office.

President Jacob Zuma says… “Other people say that they are happy they are very happy that business is going well.
They are happy that the government is taking care of them they are very happy with the president .
 All of that was very important for me.
You know how the journalists write from what they got from other sources, this was a direct source.

The people spoke it is not what they are saying on behalf of other people.”

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Proteas aiming to win all 3 remaining ODIs to clinch the series

Raymond Pani
09 February 2016

Proteas batsman, Hashim Amla, said “the squad will be treating the next three Momentum One-Day Internationals (ODI) against England like ‘finals’, as they look to claw back from a 2-0 deficit in the series”.

The Proteas are faced with the difficult challenge of winning the last three matches in a row to avoid back-to-back series defeats against the visitors.


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5 Deaf school pupils to appear in court in Mthatha

Raymond Pani
09 February 2016
  

Five deaf learners from Efata School for the Deaf and Blind in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape are expected to be back at the Mthatha Magistrate's Court for a formal bail hearing Tuesday morning.

They have been in custody since September last year.

They are facing murder charges following the killing of deputy principal, Nodumo Mzimane at the school's hostel last year.

The main delaying factor to the bail hearing has been alleged improper sign language interpretation.


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Monday, February 08, 2016

A man shoots two people dead, serious injures three other and a senior police

Chumani Simelela
08 February 2016

Two people were shot dead and three including a senior police officer, were seriously injured when a gunman opened fire at a biker rally in Hawston near Hermanus over the week-end. Western Cape police said the man started shooting at the victims following an argument. Western Cape Police spokes-person, Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said.

“We can confirm that a 26 year old is expected to appear in Hermanus Magistrate Court facing charges of murder and attempted murder, after an incident which occurred yesterday morning at 01:45”.

“According to the report an argument occurred between the victim and the suspect. The suspect started shooting at the victim especially wounding a 19 year old and a 43 year old”.


“An off-duty police officer stationed at Hermanus was shot, he is in a critical condition with two other victims. The suspect will be appearing in court tomorrow”.

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A woman was left seriously injured and a man speared by drill

Simamkele Vakaza
08 February 2016

On Sunday night Netcare 911 paramedics responded to a bakkie that crashed into tree along Hettie Smith Street, Bloemfontein. Exact details to the cause is still speculative and will form part of the South African Police investigation.

“Paramedics arrived at the scene and found that the vehicle had veered off the roadway and collided into a tree, a female driver was found in the vehicle with serious injuries, medics stabilised her at the scene before they transported the patient to a local hospital for the care that she required”, said Chris Botha.

Meanwhile… this morning Netcare 911 paramedics received a call for a man that had fallen from a height in Tarleton, Krugersdorp. Reports from the scene indicate that the man was standing on a crate to drill a hole into a wall, the crate collapsed causing the man to fall to the ground and land on the drill.

“Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found that the drill bit had lodged into the chest of the sixty-six-year old man leaving him in a critical condition, paramedics worked fervently to stabilise the man at the scene before they airlifted him with the Netcare one medical helicopter to a specialised facility in Johannesburg for further care” He concluded.


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The Department of Home Affairs announcement are way too late says the DA

Chumani Simelela
08 February 2016

The announcement by the Department of Home Affairs that it will be relaxing some of the job-killing visa regulations it introduced last year, as they do not go far enough to restore South Africa as a tourist friendly destination. Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister in Tourism reports.

“These announcements are way too late. South Africa’s tourism rand has already been damaged and we have to know work much smarter. In order to reposition South Africa as a travel destination of choice”.

“Now we have been arguing since the beginning of these Visa regulations came into effect. That we should consider International best practises, such as E-visas”.


“Because E-visas are much safer, much secure and they cut turn-around time and in fact stream lines tourist destination to South Africa”.

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EFF on banning Gupta journalist

Chumani Simelela
08 February 2016

Following the move by the Economic Freedom Fighters in regards to the intimidation of journalists who work for Gupta-owned media organisations.
The party came under fire from the media. Busi Mtabane communications manager at Right2Know  said
”The EFF just needs to apologise for this latest transgression, they must withdraw their decision to ban journalist, and clarify their commitment to media freedom and the rights of media workers, irrespective of the serious concern of the ownership AD independence of the media organisations”.

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Friday, February 05, 2016

Three people critically injured in head-on collision

Simamkele Vakaza
05 February 2016

Three people were left critically injured yesterday following a head on collision between two light motor vehicles at the Van Riebeek and Monument Road intersection in Kempton Park.

“When ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene, they found two wrecked light motor vehicles blocking the one lane of busy road”, said Russel Meiring.

 “On assessment, paramedics found a man lying in the one vehicle while a man and woman lay in the second vehicle”, said Meiring.

“All three patients were found to be in a critical condition. Paramedics treated the patients and provided them with advanced life support interventions”, He added.


“Once treated, two patients were transported by ambulance to nearby hospitals while the third was airlifted by the ER24 helicopter”, He concluded.

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SANCO on EFF’s journalist violence threat

Simamkele Vakaza
05 February 2015

SANCO yesterday condemned the EFF threat of violence directed at the new age. 

He added that political parties must be held accountable for inflammatory and reckless statements which have the potential to incite violence in a violate environment ahead of local government elections.

“To raise the concern at SANCO about the statement made today by EFF leader threatening violence against journalists”, said Jabu Mahlangu.


“We believe that misbehaviour should be condemned as a threat of violence directed at the journalist was actually uncalled for in a free South Africa”, concluded Mahlangu.

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Education Department in the EC appointed more teachers

Simamkele Vakaza
04 February 2016

The Eastern Cape Education Department has appointed 98 new teachers to fill vacant posts in Port Elizabeth's northern areas and Uitenhage. This emerged during a media briefing held by Education MEC Mandla Makhuphula and the Acting HOD, Sizakele Nontsikelelo Natshilapala.

“Eastern Cape Education department has appointed 98 Educators, in the Uitenhage District”, said Mandla Makhuphula.

“Necessarily we were looking for 143 unfortunately other applicants felt shot to meet the recommendations”, Makhuphula added.


“We are still looking for others to fill the post”, He concluded.

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DA Chief Whip to investigate if an investigation against Fransman is underway

Raymond Pani
04 February 2016

Following the allegations in early January regarding Marius Fransman’s alleged sexual behaviour with a 20 year old, Mark Wiley, DA Chief Whip wrote to the Registrar of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, to find out if in fact an investigation was underway into Mr Fransman alleged conduct.

Mark Willey said “relating to the alleged incident that Mr Fransman has been involved in. 
I wrote to the registrar and asked just to verify if a charge has been made.


We spent some 10 days speaking to provincial commissioners, officer and provincial communications officer in the North West province and Northern Cape. 

Nowhere could we get a straight answer as to whether a charge has been laid or a docket has been opened or an investigation officer. 

We are nowhere near the truth of the matter. What is of great concern is that the media has said there’s an investigation but we can’t have a investigating without a charge having been laid.”

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Drought effects on the Fruit Production sector in WC

Simamkele Vakaza
04 February 2016

The Western Cape regional fruit production sector has suffered losses amounting to R720m. The wine industry alone has suffered damage to the tune of R 20m thus far, as around 82 hectares of vineyards have been lost due drought and fires. Recover will not be quick as some affected regions will take years to recover. The full extent of the damage caused by the drought and fires will be assessed in the few weeks to come.

“I think we have no choice as a country to continue to focus on the drought and find solutions going forward”, said Beverly Schafer.

 “We have been engaging in with farmers regularly not necessarily with these organisations. We've engaged with farm workers, we've gone on over site visits, said Schafer.

“I think the real key is for the committee to understand the reality of where we’re at in the Province that’s very important because we can’t drive issues”, she added.


 “As the committee we don’t actually understand it and we not getting passionate enough to make sure that the government is actually doing what they need to be doing to minimize the risks”, she concluded.   

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COPE says Zuma must just pay back the money

Simamkele Vakaza
04 February 2016

In a statement the Congress of the People says over the past seven years, President Zuma continued to be contemptuous of the constitution.

Cope Spokesperson Dennis Bloem says, as a result of his failed leadership and the power he exerted over cabinet ministers, the people of South Africa have lost confidence in the executive.

He says the shame investigation carried out by Nkosinathi Nhleko ended with his declaring that the president had to pay nothing for the upgrade at Nkandla.

COPE wants to know how the ruling party is going to repair the enormous damage it did to the standing of the public Protector’s officers.

He added that “The Congress of the People are saying that President Zuma must just pay back the money.
“There is no way that President Zuma can come now and say that he wants his own conditions, that the Minister of Finance and Auditor General must determine the costs, said Bloem”.

He concluded that “The Constitutional Court must instruct them that they must determine how much he must pay back”.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Three people died after a light aircraft crashed

Chumani Simelela
03 February 2016

Three people lost their lives after the aircraft crashed. ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring reports.

‘’20 people were killed this morning after their light aircraft crashed in a park near Rasebetsi Road in Wattville in Benoni’’.

‘’ER24 paramedics, along with various services, arrived on the scene to find the burned wreckage of the aircraft lying on its roof’’.

‘’On assessment, paramedics found the bodies of three people lying inside the aircraft. Unfortunately all three occupants had already succumbed to their fatal injuries’’.

He finalised…’’the cause of the incident is not yet known, but local authorities are on scene for further investigations’’.


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DA to push ahead with Constitutional Court case against No.1

Raymond Pani
03 February 2016

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has just announced his party's decision to push ahead with a Constitutional Court case against President Jacob Zuma next Tuesday over the Nkandla spending fiasco.

Maimane says while he notes Zuma’s settlement offer, the DA contends that the contents of the proposal do not comply with the remedial action set out by the Public Protector.

In a statement released last night, the president proposed the amount he’s expected to pay back, relating to the controversial renovations at his private home, should be independently determined by the Auditor-General and minister of finance. DA leader spokesperson Mabine Seabe  said

“The presidents failure to engage to publics protectors findings and ruminal action were illegal and unconstitutional, the president has a clear case to answer in this regard.

It’s not a matter of merely paying back the money, it’s also a matter of upholding the rule of law and constitution. We as the DA are willing to fight this until the bitter end.”

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21 year old Man arrested and sentenced for rape in the Eastern Cape.


Raymond Pani
03 February 2016

The Eastern Cape Tsomo Regional Court convicted and sentenced 21-year-old Samkelo Tshayisa to 10-years imprisonment.

He was found guilty on Monday for the rape of a 75-year-old woman
 Police say it is believed the victim was walking alone in Dudumashe Village, Ngqamakhwe when she met the accused.

Its alleged that he grabbed her from behind, strangled her and raped the old woman.
 Police Captain Jackson Manatha said “apparently this was witnessed by the members of the community who then chased the suspect and arrested him, and handed him over to the police.


He was then convicted and sentenced to undergo 10 years imprisonment.”

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Two accidents this morning leaving one dead and three injured

Simamkele Vakaza
03 February 2016

Two people were injured in a collision involving truck and at least five cars on the N1 north by 14th Avenue this morning.

ER24 paramedics arrived on scene and found the truck and some of the cars on the side of the road as well as some cars still on the road”, said Chitra Bodasing.

One person who was found walking on scene was found to have sustained minor injuries, a woman who was the passenger in one of the vehicles was assessed and found to have sustained moderate injuries”, added Bodasing.

The exact cause of the incident is unknown. Authorities were on scene for further investigations”, said Bodasing.

Meanwhile a man was killed after he crashed the vehicle he was driving into a pole in La Rochelle Road, in Turffontein area, in the early hours of this morning.

“When ER24 paramedics arrived on scene they found the man trapped in the vehicle, He sustained multiple severe injuries, He was declared dead”, said Bodasing.


Exact details surrounding the incident are unknown, authorities were on scene for further investigation”, Concluded Bodasing. 

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Afri-forum launched a tax income campaign

Simamkele Vakaza
03 February 2016

Afriforum launched a campaign on income tax after shocking statistics for 2015 indicate that government once again failed in fulfilling its responsibilities during the 2015/2016 fiscal year. 

Afriforum plans on writing a letter to Mr Pravin Gordhan, Minister of finance, before the 2016/2017 budget speech to request him to provide answers to governments empty promises for 2015.

Afri-forum recapped what the government promised during the 2015 budget speech”, said Monique Taute.

 “Afri-forum plans on writing a letter to the Minister of finance Pravin Gordhan before the budget speech to request him to provide answers to government’s empty promises for 2015”, She added.


 “Afri-forum encourages the public to have their opinions heard by indicating which option may their opinions based on and the choice can be made”, she concluded.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

COPE welcomes the new formed and independent labour federation

Chumani Simelela
02 February 2016

Upon the announcement that Mr Vavi is starting an independent labour federation, COPE has gone out to welcome it. Congratulating Mr Vavi on this initiative. COPE’s Dennis Bloem explains.

‘’The Congress of the People wants to welcome the New Labour Federation that will be launched in May. Since our inception, we have said that labour Trade Unions, must be independent from Political Parties’’.

He concluded…’’we don’t want to see any labour organisation linked to a political party, that’s why we are saying we are welcoming this new formation or initiative by Mr Vavi’’.

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50 People in hospitals after suffering from a bus accident

Chumani Simelela
02 February 2016

A bus overturned leaving 40-50 people injured on the N8, 30km just outside of Bloemfontein. ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring reported.

‘’Er 24 paramedics along with various other services responded to the scene. On arrival, they found a large bus lying on the side on a small embankment’’.

‘’Occupants from the bus were found sitted all across the street. Paramedics and rescue workers were immediately set up a triad area to affect treatment patients on the scene’’.

‘’From further assessment, we found that between 40 to 50 people had been injured in this incident. But fortunately there no fatalities or serious injuries reported on the scene’’.

‘’We treated the patients for injuries, and then after transported them to various hospitals in the area for further treatment. Extra medical resources were called on the scene to assist in treatment and transportation of the other patients’’.

He added…‘’the cause of the incident is not yet known but local authorities were on the scene for further investigation’’.


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Groote Schuur apologises to the public while they work on their Auto Attendance System

Chumani Simelela
02 February 2016

An apology has been issued by Groote Schuur Hospital, as they are busy upgrading their Auto Attendance System over the next two days. Members of the public are urged to have patience. Alaric Jacobs Principal Communications Officer at the hospital explained.

‘’Groote Schuur hospital are in the process of upgrading their Auto Attendance System over the next 2 days and there will be no voice prompts when the public calls this number which is 021 404 9111’’.

‘’They will just be directed straight to the operator. Also for our appointments area which is 021 404 5566 they will be forwarded to 3 different extensions’’. However if those extensions are not available. The rest of the customers will be cut off’’.

He concluded…’’This is just while we are attending to our Auto Attendance System. And we apologise for any inconvenience this might cause to the public’’.






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Bisho legislature questions Eastern Cape Government

Raymond Pani
02 February 2016

Reports alleged Eastern Cape government spokesman Sizwe Kupelo has denied that some employees at Premier Phumulo Masualle’s office were appointed without processes being followed.

He was responding to concerns raised by legislature and union members in a report published in yesterday’s newspapers.

Both the Bhisho Legislature’s portfolio committee on the office of the premier and Nehawu at Masualle’s office have raised concerns that employees were being moved around senior positions without processes being followed.

They also complained about “double parking” in which senior personnel were hired as specialists in both human resources and finance units, while there were general managers responsible for those two units.

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Khayelitsha CPF concern about Mob killings

Raymond Pani
02 February 2016

The Khayelitsha Community Policing Forum has condemned a suspected mob justice killing.

A teenage boy accused of robbery, was beaten to death and his body was found in an open field yesterday in the Harare area.


The forum’s Ronnie Busakwe said “such incidents are never justified. He says as the CPF they are feeling bad about the incident as they are not encouraging the people to take the law in their own hands”.

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Fiela operations yielded positive results in the Western Cape

Simamkele Vakaza
02 February 2016

The Western Cape South African Police Service conduct several Fiela operations over the weekend in the areas of Kraaifontein and Mfuleni.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut says all operations paid off with positive results.

He says in Kraaifontein on Friday night, a total of ten suspects were arrested for the possession of large quantities of drugs and five were arrested for illegal trading of liquor, which also resulted in One-hundred and eighty-eight litres of alcohol being confiscated.

He added that “Patrols in the area also led to the discovery of a stolen Ford Bantam with an illegal firearm inside. Meanwhile, in Mfuleni a suspect was arrested for being in possession of a homemade firearm and another was arrested for being in possession of seven-kilograms of dagga.”


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Monday, February 01, 2016

Traffic in the Western Cape over the past week-end

Chumani Simelela
01 February 2016

The Traffic Department released a statement about the status of our roads this past weekend. Western Cape Traffic Chief explained the number of fines, fatalities and arrests that took place.

He said…. ‘’We stopped 2636 vehicles and 1733 drivers were tested for alcohol. At the end of the day we arrested 31 drunken drivers’’. And the highest reading was recorded at the Mossel Bay area nearly 5 times over the limit’’.

‘’One driver was caught drinking and driving in the. Another speedster was arrested in the Vredenburg region for doing excessively high speed’’.   

‘’Then we also arrested 51 year old woman yesterday in Beaufort West for bribing a traffic officer, this lady was arrested for bribing and corruption in Beaufort West’’. Then a 40 year old man was also yesterday late arrested in for doing a 191km/h in a 120km Zone’’. 

‘’The highest speed recorded the Western Cape Province Region over the week-end, was a 180 km/hr in a 120 km/hr Zone in Brakenfell in the N1. And the N1 outside Beaufort West a 147 km/hr in a 100 km/hr’’.


He concluded by saying….’’Somerset West on the N2, a 103 in a 80 km/hr Zone. And in Beaufort West or in Vredenburg in the west Coast, a 180 km/h in a 60 km/h’’.

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Local Farmers donates Animal feeds to drought stricken farms

Simamkele Vakaza
01 February 2016

Today, 100 tonnes of animal feed will be transported to some of the farms hardest hit by drought.

“Minister Winde this morning commended farmers who had assisted by collecting the animal feed, which will be transported to Klipbrand and area which has been affected by the drought and Minister Winde is encouraged by the fact that the agricultural sector is rallying behind those farmers who are affected and sustaining in this period of need”, said Browynne Jooste.

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City of Cape Town frown on vehicles that emit dark smoke

Chumani Simelela

01 February 2016

The City’s Health Directorate has called on members of the public to report vehicles that emit dark smoke. The Air Quality Management is tasked with enforcing provisions of the Air Quality Management by law, prohibiting the use of such vehicles on the roads. The Councillor of the Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Siyabulela Mamkeli reported.

He said…‘’Less than half a percent of vehicles tested in the last 6 months of 2015, failed to meet the Diesel emission standards, compared to the 17% failure rate when the City started doing these tests in 2000’’.

‘’I think the substantial drop can be attributed to the visible policing. Improvement in the quality of diesel, continuous improvement in emissions control Technology of the modern diesel engines’’.


 He concluded…‘’And vehicle owners taking vehicle maintenance more seriously. Members of the public can report excessive smoke emission from vehicles’’.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

A little girl died and nine others injured

Raymond Pani
31 January 2016

A seven year old girl died and nine other people were injured in a crash between a bakkie and a car in Durban on Saturday night. 

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said “Paramedics rushed out to the N2 south bound in Durban, where a bakkie hit with another vehicle".

"When we arrived there, we found a 7 year old girl tragedly died from injuries she sustained. Further nine people were injured, they were treated and transported to a nearby hospital for further care", He explained.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

76-year-old man killed in KZN

Raymond Pani
30 January 2016

A 76-year-old man was killed last night when he was struck by a vehicle on the P483 between Madadeni and Osizweni in KZN. ER24 spokesperson Weiner Vermaak said

“Shortly before 9pm paramedics from ER24 were returning from an incident when they noticed a vehicle suddenly swerve into the emergency lane next to them", said Weiner Vermaak.

"They immediately made a U-Turn to enquire if they could be of assistance", added Vermaak.

"When they arrived at the vehicle they found that it collided with a pedestrian. The 76-year-old was found with fatal injuries. Unfortunately, there was nothing that paramedics could do for him and he was declared dead on scene. The driver of the vehicle was in shock and assessed on scene", He explained.

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New born found in aplastic bag in the North West.

Siphelo Bayana
30 January 2016

A new born baby was found in a plastic bag last night outside in stillfontein,north west.

Werner Vermak said…“Shortly after half past six paramedics were called through to the scene by home owners, they found a plastic bag and they investigated, the reason why they investigated is because they heard a cries.

When they opened the bag they found a little baby boy no more than a few hours old.

Paramedics arrived on the scene they said the baby appeared to be in a healthy condition however still transported him to the hospital for further observations.


The exact incident will be investigated by police”.

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