Saturday, October 25, 2014

Minister Malusi Gigaba launches hotline to help matriculants

Lusanda Bill
25 October 2014

The Department of Home Affairs has set up a hotline to assist matriculants who still need their Identity Documents before exams start. 

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba said the hotline is to specifically help matric’s and to make sure that they receive their ID’s on time. 

Gigaba said one is to assist them in verifying the status of their application for their identity cards but secondly to ensure that if they had not received their cards back we can fast track the process.

Meanwhile the matriculants will be writing their National Senior Certificate examinations next week. 

Minister Gigaba said the hotline is to release some of the pressure and stress the learners have by making sure they have what they need to write their exams. 

Gigaba said the department wishes the matric’s all the best for the exams and urges them to focus on the task at hand and that is to succeed.  

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Outspoken Youth Initiative calling for answers from the City of Cape Town

Lusanda Bill
24 October 2014

The Outspoken Youth Initiative from Gugulethu are calling on the City of Cape Town to respond urgently to its grievances which were laid out on a memorandum handed over to the city almost two weeks ago. 

On Thursday the city met with the group to try and resolve some of the issues they had including lack of communication with the sporting codes and the lack of resources and sporting equipment. 

The group is also calling for the immediate removal of Monwabisi Planga who is the centre manager at the Gugulethu Sports Complex.  During the meeting a heated debate started and Area Manager Thabo Bidla walked out of the meeting with no conclusion being made. 

City of Cape Town’s appointed facilitator for the meeting Trevor Steyn said it is now time to move forward and set up a meeting whereby all facility users and organisations will be present.

Steyn said the meeting should look at the role of the area manager so that people can understand that and also to allow people to be held accountable, as community members need answers.  

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A body of a UCT student found at a residence

Lusanda Bill
24 October 2014

The University of Cape Town has confirmed that the body of 22-year-old student Nnete Mojaesi Malebo was found in her room on Thursday.

In a statement released by UCT it stated that the student was about to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Science. 

UCT’s Spokesperson Patricia Lucas said the university extends its condolences to friends and family of Nnete.

Lucas said the university is providing the necessary support to the Malebo family to return the body to Bloemfontein for burial. Counselling has also been provided for fellow students.

The cause of her death is still unknown however an investigation is underway.  The funeral will be held on the 1st of November in Bloemfontein.  

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Transport department in the WC working to curb child deaths on the roads

Lusanda Bill
24 October 2014

Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has released its latest crash witness video. 

This initiative was launched back in 2011 to try and change driver and pedestrian behaviour on the roads. 

In the Western Cape between January 1st and September 15th this year there have been 133 child deaths. 85 pedestrians were killed and 59 of them were children between one and ten-years-old. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Siphesihle Dube said the focus of this campaign is to show the face of the first respondent in case particularly children have been knocked down on the roads.

Dube said MEC Grant has urged all motorists to really pay careful attention to children particularly on our roads because they are the most vulnerable because of their size and are easily injured.

Meanwhile the African Christian Democratic Party in the province has welcomed this road safety campaign.

ACDP Provincial Leader Ferlon Christians said they commend the provincial government in making the public aware of the consequences of driving recklessly on the road. 

Christians said as the festive season approaches and the high accident rates over weekends we urge motorists to look at this video.

“We are glad that this video is timeless and we believe motorists and road users can look at this video and change their bad behaviours on the roads” Christians added.

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NUMSA concerned about the public wage bill

Lusanda Bill
24 October 2014

The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union has welcomed the continued commitment to post-schooling and training, which together with employment, labour affairs and social security funds secure the fastest growth in spending by function.

Numsa was responding to Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene medium-term budget speech. 

However the union has expressed its concern regarding the public wage bill. 

Numsa Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said they are concerned about the compensation of employees is forecasted at 6.6% considering that our members have demanded 16% salary adjustment for this year.

Pamla said that statement that the treasury is freezing some of the vacancies. We think that this is ill advised because we have not recovered from the mass retrenchments of the year.     

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Two suspects arrested for being in possession of dagga

Lusanda Bill
24 October 2014

Cape Town police arrested two suspects in Klawer for being in possession of 490 parcels of dagga. 

The two were arrested after they failed to stop at a roadblock and were chased by police and arrested while they were trying to flee on foot. 

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said it is believed that the suspects were en-route to Nababeeb with the drugs. 

Traut said the suspects are appearing in court today.

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ACDP welcomes investment into wood manufacturing industry

Loyiso Langeni
24 October 2014

The African Christian Democratic Party in the Western Cape has welcomed the one million-Rand investment by the City of Cape Town into the wood manufacturing industry.

The investment is towards skills development and business training for entrepreneurs in the industry. 

ACDP Provincial Leader Ferlon Christians said this investment will play a major role in alleviating poverty. 

Christians said the City came along with  a great partnership that is going to invest some money to help our unskilled and to take back the wood manufacturing to another level.

“We believe it’s a great investment and we are glad the City has joined hands in order to make this possible for our people.” Christians added

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Myburgh: Economy needs serious attention

Loyiso Langeni
24 October 2014

The Cape Chamber of Commerce says the country’s economy needs serious attention. 

On Wednesday, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivered his medium-term budget speech saying government will have to spend less and taxpayers will have to pay more to help combat slow economic growth.

Cape Chamber President Janine Myburgh said given the challenges facing the economy, it is now more important than ever that our policy makers in other departments understand the difference between policy crafted for a developmental state and guard against implementing policy and legislation which places us closer to a welfare state.

“If we were to get the economy back on the growth path, more business-friendly policies are needed. Growth comes from the private sector and not the unions so he will have to listen to some different voices.” Myburgh added.

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WC working to make level crossings safer

Lusanda Bil
24 October 2014

Western Cape MEC of Transport and Public Works Donald Grant together with Metrorail Regional Manager Richard Walker will today as part of October Transport Month visit the Vlaeberg level crossing elimination project. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Siphesihle Dube said the different phases of the project will include the building of an overhead bridge, the building of a foot bridge as well as an upgrade on Metrorail’s service road. 

Dube said the current projects costs R7.7 million and is now targeted at the Vlaeberg level crossing.  The project will see 8 level crossings of the total 40 eliminated due to this project.

“We are very optimistic and we continue to be committed to employing all measures possible in making level crossing safer for all road users that use them” Dube added.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

A man shot dead in Randburg

Lusanda Bill
23 October 2014

A shooting incident in Middelvlei in Randburg left one person dead late last night. 

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Santi Steinmann said reports from the scene indicate that the shooting incident happened during a robbery.

Steinmann said when paramedics arrived on the scene they found that the man had tragically died after he succumbed to a gunshot wound.

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

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MEC Schafer confident of security measures at NSC examination vault

Lusanda Bill
23 October 2014

Western Cape MEC of Education Debbie Schafer today visited the National Senior Certificate examination vault to assess security arrangements ahead of the exams. 

MEC Schafer in a statement said that while the WCED cannot always predict some extreme circumstances but it is ready.

Security measures of the vault include amongst others that staff have been screened and is monitored closely by security cameras and that each paper printed is sealed and cannot be tampered with.

Ministerial Spokesperson Jessica Shelver said the vault is under strict surveillance to ensure that there are no leakages of the papers.

Shelver said it is the intention of the WCED to ensure that the examination process is equal and fair so therefore strict security agreements are necessary to ensure the integrity of the examinations.   

“We look forward to a peaceful and fair examination process and we are confident that we will ensure that every candidate in the province receives his or her paper on time” Shelver added.  

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Kya Sands resident affected by the fire receive their identity documents

Lusanda Bill
23 October 2014

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba today handed over 177 Identity Documents to the victims of the fire in Kya Sands, Randburg.

Hundreds of people were left homeless after a blaze ripped through 1 200 shacks about two weeks ago.

Minister Gigaba said the process for the asylum seekers affected to receive their papers will take longer.

Gigaba added that the process is that we have to check at the entire system to establish where they had applied and their conditions of their applications before we can reissue their permits.

Meanwhile Minister Gigaba said the department waived all fees when the over 2 000 people affected by the blaze applied for their identity documents.

Minister Gigaba said the issuing of an id normally takes about two weeks but because of the urgency of the matter the process had to fast-tracked.

He added that the department’s priority was to those who had lost their documents because we did not want it to impact on school and work situation. 

“However those who have applied for the first time will be subjected to the same process as everyone else” Gigaba added.

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WC Police calling for assistance regarding mall robberies

Lusanda Bill
23 October 2014

 
The Western Cape police are calling on the public to assist police in their investigations into the recent mall robberies in the province, by helping to identify the men in the pictures.

In a statement Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said the four suspects were caught by surveillance during the armed robberies in Somerset West and Brackenfell.

 
Traut said police are working with malls with regard to deployment of more police officers and other issues such as positioning of CCTV cameras based on crime pattern analysis to enhance security measures.

Anyone with information or can identity the suspects can contact Captain Charl Kinnear on 082 820 8015.

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Missing child found: Wedaat Roberts


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NUM happy with wage deal signed with De Beers

Lusanda Bill
23 October 2014

A three-year-wage agreement has been signed by the National Union of Mineworkers and De Beers.  This follows negotiations which started in July this year. 

The agreement includes for this year a 9% increase for B band bargaining unit employees and 9% for CL band bargaining unit employees. 

By 2016 the housing allowance would have increased to R562. 

NUM Acting National Spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu said the NUM wishes to express gratitude to its members and De Beers for the manner in which they handled the negotiations.

Mammburu said the agreement is a three-year agreement effect from the 1st of May 2014 unit 30 April 2017.

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Missing Child Alert: Anesipho Mkhala


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Missing Adult Alert: Ijskander Ferninand Fernando De Klerk


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Two sentenced to 20 years imprisonment each for rape

Loyiso Langeni
23 October 2014

Two suspects aged 20 and 28-years have been convicted and sentenced to 20 years in jail. 

This is after they raped a woman while she was on her way home from a nearby shop at Amanzimtoti. 

Major Thulani Zwane said it is alleged the woman was walking with his brother when they were approached by the two suspects who forced the woman to a nearby bushes where she was raped by the two suspects.

“Later a case of rape was opened at Amanzimtoti police station through investigation the two suspects were arrested and charged for rape.” Zwane added.

The Provincial Commissioner lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni welcomed the sentence saying this will send a strong message to the would-be rapists that they will be caught and arrested. 

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Three men arrested for highjacking a cigarette delivery vehicle

Lusanda Bill
23 October 2014

Three suspects aged between 21 and 27-years-old were arrested at Foundry Road in Rondebosch on Wednesday. 

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said the three suspects robbed a cigarette delivery vehicle of their contents in Rondebosch.

Traut said they were chased by a security vehicle in Borchards Quarry where they overturned their vehicle and tried to flee the scene on foot.

“They were arrested by police members and all the stolen cigarettes and a firearm were recovered.  They are expected to appear in court soon” Traut added.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Deputy President Ramaphosa visiting Lesotho again

Lusanda Bill
22 October 2014

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is today returning to Lesotho to pay an official. During his visit Deputy President Ramaphosa is expected to continue consultations with political role-players. 

This is to continue efforts in assisting the people of Lesotho in their endeavours to address their current political and security challenges.

Deputy President Spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said during the visit Mr Ramaphosa will pay a courtesy call to His Majesty King Letsie the third.

Mamoepa added that efforts by SADC has yielded positive results with Parliament reopening ahead of elections next year.

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MEC Plato says safety of people in malls a priority

Lusanda Bill
22 October 2014

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato said the safety of people in malls is of utmost important. MEC Plato said they will continue to monitor the role shopping centres, its management and their private security play. 

He added that it is everyone’s responsibility to help ensure safety where we live, work and shop. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said MEC Plato welcomes that all parties understands the seriousness of the situation and has undertaken to address the situation with urgency.

Botha said as part of the MEC’s oversight of issues in the province he will also be visiting shopping centres, as he believes this is a way of building partnerships between the private sector, SAPS and the Department of Community Safety in the Western Cape.

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Missing Adult Alert: Andy John Bruntjies


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Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene Medium Term Budget Policy Statement

Oscar Thomas
22 October 2014

Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene today delivered the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament.

Minister Nene said over the past decade, government spending has doubled in real terms, funding a large expansion of the social wage and capital budgets.

Nene said social assistance pays an income directly to vulnerable households, while the other public services that make up the social wage replace or subsidise day to day expenses such as housing, education and amenities, therefore reducing the cost of living for households.

He added that social grants are expected to reach 17.3 million people by 2017/2018 and will account for nearly 85% of this spending.

Basic Education exceeds R640 billion, accounting for nearly 15% of all spending.  In the statement he said allocations proposed over the MTEF period for school infrastructure will ensure that gazetted norms and standards are met by 2016.

The budget for the cluster of defence, public order and safety accounts for 13% of total spending and will grow at an annual average of 5.6%, reaching over R190 billion in 2017/2018.

Employment growth has decreased however employment programmes have grown by 10% a year over the spending period ahead.

In terms of health almost R500 billion which is nearly 11% of total spending will be allocated to health in order to assist and achieve a long and healthy life for all South Africans.

Nene said we face a difficult economic environment where economic growth of recent years that is driven by consumption and debt has reached its limits. Nene said the risks that we highlighted in February this year when we tabled the 2014 Budget related to protracted labour strikes and electricity shortages have been realised.

Nene said the weak economic performance has put a great deal of pressure on the fiscus, with revenue insufficient to cover expenditure. Nene said the budget deficit is high, debt levels have approached the limits of sustainability and the economy is vulnerable to global volatility, especially in the face of monetary policy normalization in advanced economies. Nene said we have reached a turning point as fiscal consolidation can no longer be postponed.

Nene said we expect the rate of economic growth to improve over the next several years. Nene said the improved outlook is supported b investments currently underway in energy and transport, a gradual pick up in global growth, rising exports to the rest of the African continent and a recovery in private investment. Also, contained in the medium term strategic framework are specific growth programmes which will be reflected in the programmes of departments.

Nene said the fiscal proposal announced today combined with various micro-economic interventions are necessary to sustain social progress and to move the economy onto a new and more sustainable development path.

"Faster economic growth that is sustained over a long period is not just a key objective of the National Development Plan but a necessary condition to raise the resources we need to fund the country’s social and economic transformation Nene added. 

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Two people arrested for being in possession of abalone and drugs

Lusanda Bill
22 October 2014

Western Cape Traffic Authorities on Tuesday evening arrested a 45-year-old man on the N2 outside Garbouw.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said the man was found to be in possession of abalone to the street value of R910 500.  

Africa said some 14 bags of 1 821 pieces of abalone were found in his possession.

In another incident also on Tuesday on the N1 just outside Worcester a passenger bus was stopped and searched. 

Upon the search drug khat was found in the bus resulting in the driver of the bus being arrested. 
 

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WCED to launch Abuse No More Policy document

Loyiso Langeni
22 October 2014

Western Cape MEC of Education Debbie Schafer will later on today launch the Abuse No More Policy document.

The document deals with guidelines and legislations that highlights the responsibility of educators who may suspect or deal with discourse of child abuse. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Jessica Shelver said the MEC Shafer will today will launch the new policy document called Abuse No More, dealing effectively with Child Abuse, and will brief media on the contents of the document.

“In order to assist schools in managing child abuse and sexual offences against children, the WCED have made available to schools guidelines called the Abuse No More Protocol. These guidelines were first introduced in 2001.

However, since then, various developments relating to the care and protection of children culminated in the update of legislation.” Shelver added.

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A man arrested for murdering a 36 year old man in KZN

Loyiso Langeni
22 October 2014

A 38-year-old man was arrested for murdering a 36-year-old man in KwaZulu-Natal. 

The incident happened at the victim’s home whereby the suspect shot at him and he fell onto a burning two plate stove which resulted in him sustaining burn wounds to his upper body. 

Police Spokesperson Thulani Zwane said When they arrived at that place the was an argument between himself and the lover of his girlfriend as a result the suspect shot and killed the victim

“A case of murder was open at Taylors Halt Police Station. The firearm used will be sent for ballistic testing to ascertain if it was used in any other crimes." Zwane added.

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Missing Adult Alert: Nokuzola Agnes Mathetha


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Missing Adult Alert: Lungiswa Dlakavu


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DA calls on Saps to implement mall strategy

Loyiso Langeni
22 October 2014

The Democratic Alliance is calling on police to implement a plan to bring an end to the increase of mall robberies in the country. 

DA MP of Police Dianne Kohler Barnard said the current situation is extremely worrying and the police cannot ignore this issue. 
 
“We need the SAPS Criminal Intelligence unit to go into overdrive to find and prosecute these thugs. Barnard added

Barnard also said The National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, made submissions to the portfolio committee on police in the last 48 hours suggesting that the South African Police Service Crime Intelligence was on top of the mall robberies scourge. This is clearly not the case, as the situation is spiraling out of control.

“I was absolutely correct in doubting this statement and I made it very clear in the committee that the National Commissioner was either unaware of the situation or being economical with the truth.” Barnard said.

 
Meanwhile police have set up a task team to deal with the recent robberies across the country, with the latest one happening in Somerset West where a security guard was killed during the robbery.

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Cosatu NW urges Departement of Labour to implemtent sectoral determinations

Loyiso Langeni
22 Octobr 2014

The Congress of South African Trade Union in the North West has called for the urgent implementation of sectoral determination by the Department of Labour in the province.

Cosatu’s Provincial Secreatry Solly Phetoe said several employers are not implementing sectoral determinations especially as vulnerable workers are exploited.

“We call upon them that by the end of the week, all those sectorial determination and the adjustment of the salary workers must be adjusted according to the sectoral determination.

 We will have to call a mass action against the department of Labour and those employer who are not implying.” Phetoe added.

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ANC WC shocked at the murder of Charles Khanku

Lusanda Bill
22 October 2014

The African National Congress in the Western Cape said it is shocked at the death of Ward 36 Branch Chairman Charles Khanku. 

ANC’s Songezo Mjongile said Khanku was killed in Phillipi on Monday night.

Mjongile said we believe that those who committed this act were clearly doing so to destabilise the community of Crossroads.

“We are therefore calling on the community that they must remain and allow the police to do their work. Equally we wish to send our condolences to the Khanku family” Mjongile added. 

The motive for the murder is still unknown however police are investigating. 

 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Outa glad with Sanral’s change of heart regarding e-toll review panel submission

Lusanda Bill
21 October 2014

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance has welcomed the turn-around by the South African National Roads Agency Limited to make submissions to the Gauteng e-toll review panel. 

Outa’s John Clarke said they hope that Sanral will now start to participate in live panel discussions to answer their critics and the public on the many questions which they have simply ignored. 

Clarke said Sanral has now come around and realised that the Gauteng e-toll review panel is worthwhile and we are glad that they will make a submission.

“We are asking for the minister and the Sanral board and the finance portfolio committee to respond to the serious issues of e-tolls in due course” Clarke added. 

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NPA considering to appeal or not appeal Oscar Pistorius sentencing

Lusanda Bill
21 October 2014

The National Prosecuting Authority today said they are considering whether it will appeal or not appeal the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius. 

Judge Thokozile Masipa in the North Guateng High Court sentenced Pistorius to five years in prison on the culpable homicide charge and five years suspended on the discharge of a firearm at a restaurant. 

However NPA Spokesperson Nathi Mncube said they were happy that Pistorius is serving some jail time.

Mncube said we are going to study the judgement again and we will then do some research in the view of finding a case law that will either support or not support the decision to appeal.

“In the event that we find sufficient grounds to appeal as far as the case law is concerned we will then appeal the matter.  But in the event that we find that there are not sufficient grounds to appeal and that our decision cannot be fully supported we will then make a proper announcement within the next fourteen days” Mncube added.    

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A woman died after being knocked over by a car in Brakpan

Lusanda Bill
21 October 2014

An accident this morning on Airpport road in Dalpark, Brakpan left a woman dead.

This is after she was knocked over by a motor vehcile while she was trying to cross the road.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Santi Steinmann said when paramedics arrived on the scene they found that the woman had already died on the scene.

The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the sbuhect of a police invetsigation.

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Four suspects arrested for Jackson Mthembu's shooting

Lusanda Bill
21 October 2014

Police have arrested four suspects and are being questioned for the shooting of African National Congress Spokesperson and MP Jackson Mthembu. 

He was shot on Sunday in Mpumalanga while he was withdrawing money from an ATM.  ANC’s Keith Khoza on Monday said Mthembu is in the Intensive Care Unit and in a critical condition. 

Police Spokesperson Selvy Mohlala said they were found in possession of one laptop, thirty cellphones, eight fake bank cards and a card cloning device.

Mohlala said the suspects are being questioned and we are investigating whether they are linked to the shooting of Mr Mthembu.

“Over and above this we are also questioning them on other criminality activities that they could have been possibly be involved in around the country” Mohlala added. 

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NUM on strike at Glencore Koornfontein Mine in Mpumalanga

Oscar Thomas
21 October 2014

The National Union of Mineworkers at Glencore Koornfontein Mine in Mpumalanga have embarked on a strike. 

This is after talks between the union and the company reached a deadlock at the CCMA. 

The strike is over pay of service per year. 

Num Acting National Spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu said Glencore is deviating from the same formula it is using at other operations like Tweefontein and TUGO.

Mammburu said this company is very arrogant because even when we were dealing with picketing rules we could not reach an agreement because they wanted to impose their own picketing rules.

Mammburu said the CCMA ended up imposing at least reasonable picketing rules to parties.


"We are being undermined and we will make sure they feel the pinch. We are also intending to apply for a secondary strike from other Glencore operations, Mammburu added.

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ANC Women League outraged at Oscar Pistorious Sentence

Oscar Thomas
21 October 2014

The African National Congress Women’s League said it is outraged at the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for culpable homicide.

Earlier today Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius to five years for culpable homicide and three years, suspended for the discharge of a firearm at Tasha’s restaurant.

In a statement the women’s league said it remains dissatisfied with the verdict delivered today.

ANC’s Women’s League Khusela Sangoni said we have consistently said that we believe she adds in her verdict she finds Oscar Pistorious guilty of culpable homicide and not murder.

Sangoni said as such this sentence is just more aforementioned of that.

As the Women’s league we will be approaching the State requesting that they consider an appeal in this case as we want to be friends of the court.


“South African women are abused on the daily basis at the hands of their partners and this miscarriage of justice cannot be allowed to continue Sangoni added.

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