Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Suspects on the run after armed robbery

By Jurina Nkwazi
31 August 2010

Five armed men robbed a butchery in Strand, on Tuesday morning.

The men entered the shop, shortly after it opened and instructed the owners and staff to lie down on the floor.

The suspects aged between 25 and 30 years took an undisclosed amount of cash as well as the owner and his wife’s cell-phones, before fleeing the scene in a Green Polo and a Grey Toyota Corolla.

Anyone who can assist with the information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects is kindly requested to contact the investigation officer, Detective Warrant Officer Jaco Snyman on 083 293 5561 or 021 854 9100.

Police seek public assistance

By Jurina Nkwazi
31 August 2010

The Woodstock police are requesting assistance of the public in identifying a body of a female who was found murdered on Tuesday morning at House of Cabins in Marine Drive.

The half naked body was found laying underneath a staircase at a business premise. The deceased is believed to be in her late 20's.

The cause of the incident is still unknown. Police are currently investigating the murder.

Anyone who can assist in identifying the deceased can contact the investigation officer, Detective Sergeant Denver Parsons at Woodstock SAPS on (021) 486 2877.

Train crash taxi driver case potponed

By Jurina Nkwazi
31 August 2010

The taxi driver whose vehicle collided with a train at a level crossing in Blackheath and claimed the lives of ten children appeared in court on Tuesday morning.

The 55 year old Jacob Humphreys of Elsies River is facing 10 counts of culpable homicide as well as a charge of reckless and negligent driving.

He appeared before Blue Downs magistrate Gerald Hattingh who postponed the case to September 7 for bail information.

Humphreys was arrested on Sunday after being discharged from Netcare Kuilsriver hospital. He will remain in custody until then.

Possible progress made in strike talks

By Lelethu Mquqo
31 August 2010

Government representatives and union bosses sat late into the night to battle out a settlement in the civil servants strike that is threatening to lay the country low.

This comes after President Jacob Zuma met with the ministers involved in the negotiations recently and instructed them to go back to the negotiation tables immediately.

President Zuma has illustrated the seriousness of the situation by instructing the strike breakers to find an immediate solution.

It is alleged that government increased its wage offer to eight percent, and raised its offer for a monthly housing allowance to 800 rand, but nothing definite has been announced.

Two robbers shot by police

By Jurina Nkwazi
31 August 2010

Police shot and wounded two men suspected of robbery on Monday in Hercules near Pretoria.

Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Opperman said "Two suspects were critically wounded when police came under attack in Hercules outside Pretoria.

Police were shot at when they came across a business burglary in progress during the early hours of Monday morning,"

Four men were spotted in a blue VW Combi outside Lewis store when police were patrolling the area.

The men smashed the store's windows and loaded flat screens onto the Combi.Police opened fire when one of the suspects in the Combi pointed a firearm at them.

"A shoot-out ensued and the suspects sped away from the scene. The police officers gave chase," said Opperman.

"The chase took them onto the Mabopane freeway where the suspects again fired at the officers who returned fire.

The Combi's wheel was shot out, forcing it to stop.

"The four flat screen televisions were recovered and the suspects were arrested.

Two of the suspects were wounded and taken to hospital.

The other two men will appear in the Protea Magistrates' court on Thursday.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Body found on rocks in Mitchell’s Plain

By Jurina Nkwazi
30 August 2010

The Mitchell’s Plain police was called out to a murder scene on Baden Powell Drive in Mitchell’s Plain.

When police arrived, they discovered the body of an unidentified male aged between 20 and 26 years old, lying on the rocks.

The body was found with multiple wounds to its head. A murder docket has been opened.

Anyone with information can contact Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Debbie Allard on 021 370 1706.

Bees gets R100 000 bail

By Jurina Nkwazi
30 August 2010

Blue Bulls Bees Roux has been granted bail of R100 000 in the Pretoria Magistrate’s court. He will remain in police custody until he is able to pay the amount.

The case has been postponed until October 15.

The magistrate declared Roux’s case as a schedule-six transgression.

Roux appeared in court on Monday on charges of drunk driving and murder for beating Tshwane Metro policeman Ntshimane Mogale to death.

Roux was pulled over by metro police on Friday morning because he was apparently driving under the influence.

This led to an argument between him and 38 year old Mohale after which Roux assaulted him.

A discussion held to discuss proposed media tribunal

Lusanda Bill
30 August 2010

Editors and journalists held a discussion today to talk about a response to the ANC’s plans to create a media appeals tribunal.

The South African National Editors Forum (sanef) chair Mondi Makhanya said in the discussion that “the current debate around press freedom could see the start of a culture of intolerance. This debate is not just about a certain piece of legislation being proposed by the ANC”.

Both the media appeals tribunal and the Protection of Information Bill have been heavily criticised by media houses saying the ANC wants to muzzle the media.

Many journalism schools rejected saying “We reject the proposal for a Media Appeals Tribunal and the current version of the Protection of Information Bill”.

Factory has a gas leak in Cape Town

Lusanda Bill
30 August 2010

A major gas leak has occurred in Cape Town in Wella hair products factory in Epping industria.

Over 100 people had been evacuated from the factory. Five ambulances had to be called to help with the situation.

ER24 paramedics say, "Although most of the patients had minor gas inhalation symptoms and were coughing, a number of patients did lose consciousness and needed specialised medical treatment."

It was reported that three people had fainted, but nobody died.

10 injured in taxi accident

By Jurina Nkwazi
30 August 2010

About ten people were injured in an accident when a taxi overturned on the M 2 near the Denver road turn off this morning.

The taxi’s rear wheel allegedly burst causing the driver to lose control.

When Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the accident scene they found the twisted remains of the taxi obstructing the highway.

Some of the passengers fell out of the vehicle as it rolled and the rest were climbed from the wreckage after it came to rest.

Six people sustained serious injuries and four escaped from the wreckage with only minor injuries.

The patients were transported to various hospitals.

Picture supplied by Netcare 911

Bees Roux appeared in court today

Lusanda Bill
30 August 2010

Blue Bulls rugby player Jacobus Roux better known as “Bees” was in the Pretoria Magistrate’s court today.

It has been alleged that the Blue Bulls player beat Tshwane Metro policeman Ntshimane Mogale to death.

The court room was packed with police officers and some even had to sit on the floor. The family of the police official have unanswered questions about his death.

Jacobus Roux defence team asked for bail of R5, 000 however the State has asked for bail of R20, 000 because of the nature of the crime.

The case has been adjourned so that the lawyers could discuss the issue of bail.

Hope for renewed strike negotiations

By Lelethu Mquqo
30 August 2010

President Jacob Zuma has instructed ministers involved in the public sector wage negotiations to return to the negotiating table immediately.

Zuma held a meeting with the ministers over the weekend to discuss the impact of the prolonged strike on the country.

In his first statement on the strike since his return from a state visit to China, Zuma has instructed unions and government to put the interests of the country first.

Meanwhile, workers in the tyre manufacturing and rubber industries downed tools this morning.
Numsa members are demanding a 15-percent pay increase.

However, Police minister Nathi Mthetwa says protesters who crush on other people’s rights will be dealt with.

Mthetwa called on volunteers to help soften the civil servants’ strike’s impact.

He vowed that the police and army would protect volunteers and non-striking workers.

Taxi driver to appear in court

By Lelethu Mquqo
30 August 2010

A Cape Town taxi driver will appear in court tomorrow after being arrested in connection with the death of 10 schoolchildren in a railway crossing accident.

The suspect was discharged from hospital yesterday afternoon, and immediately arrested by the detective at the hospital.

The taxi was carrying children to school when it was hit by the train after the 55-year-old driver allegedly drove around a lowered boom at a crossing.

The police’s Billy Jones says they are consulting with the Director of Public Prosecutions on whether the charge will be changed from culpable homicide to murder.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cele urges police to use their weapons when in danger

By Lelethu Mquqo
29 August 2010

The number of police who die in the line of duty has increased this year compared to 2009’s 100 officers National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele said on Friday.

Cele was addressing police officers at the Western Cape Prestige Awards on Friday night.

Cele urged police officers to use the tools they are given to protect themselves in the line of duty.

the recent incident occurred on Friday in the Eastern Cape when a policeman was shot dead in a shoot out with four armed robbers.

Two of the robbers were shot and killed and two arrested.

Family pleads for sick prisoner

By Lelethu Mquqo
29 August 2010

A South African drug mule doing time in Mauritius died earlier this month and another from Cape Town is desperately ill.

The family of Pumla Iroegbu from Khayelitsha fear they will never see her again, because she is imprisoned on the island and very ill.

33 year old Iroegbu is serving a 14-year jail term for trafficking 1kg of heroin into Mauritius from South Africa.

Iroegbu is allegedly HIV-positive and had been ill on and off since 2007.

Her family is pleading with the Department of International Relations and Co-operation to move her to a South African prison.

Zulu King calls on government to intervene in strike

By Lelethu Mquqo
29 August 2010

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has called on government and unions to safeguard the country's image by ending the public sector strike.

Zwelithini says in a statement that South Africa came out of the World Cup with a positive image, only for it to be stained by the industrial action.

The King adds that the strike is threatening to cripple the education and health sectors, which are both vital to the functioning of the country.

More than a million public servants are participating in a nationwide strike for an eight-point-six-percent salary increase and a thousand-Rands monthly housing allowance.

Meanwhile, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the trade union federation is compiling a report on the salaries and working conditions of the local labour force, compared to that of their employers.

Vavi addressed members of the National Union of Metalworkers who marched through Sandton, Johannesburg yesterday.

Numsa members who work in the tyre manufacturing and motor industry are demanding a 15-percent increase.

Vavi says Cosatu will use the report to show how vast the wage inequality is in South Africa.
He adds that workers should know how much captains of industry are taking home.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

73 year old woman found dead in Goodwood

By Lelethu Mquqo
28 August 2010

Last night the body of a 73 year old woman was discovered at her home in Wagenaar Street, Monte Vista in Goodwood.

It is believed when family members arrived home they discovered the body of the 73 year in her bedroom with her hands tied up behind her back, laying face down on the floor.

police found no visible injuries or any blood stains were found the burglar bars and the window were removed.

Preliminary investigation showed nothing was taken and that the house was only ransacked.

A post-mortem will be done to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with information regarding this murder can contact the investigation officer, Warrant Officer Peter Lottre of Goodwood SAPS on 079 894 1276 or (021) 597 1760 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

looking for family members of Paulus Kompela

NUMSA members embark on a strike today

By Lelethu Mquqo
28 August 2010

The National Union Of Metal Workers Of South Africa, (NUMSA) representing 70, 000 workers working in garages, components, workshops and automotives sectors will be marching today in Sandton, Gauteng province.

This march forms part of the organisational strategy to exert pressure to the captains of the motor industry to accede to workers demands for improved conditions of employment and decent wages.

This march will be taking place following the victory of NUMSA in Court late last night after successfully interdicting the police for their refusal to issue the union with the permit.

NUMSA believes their victory last night was their way to stop what they believe to be an abuse of state organs by the ruling class to silence and deny workers their constitutional rights to assemble and embark on protected industrial actions.

Chronic medication patients catered for in Gauteng

By Lelethu Mquqo
28 August 2010

People in Gauteng receiving anti-retroviral treatment and any chronic medication will for the duration of the public service strike be able to collect their medication at any public health facility in the province.

The provincial health and social development MEC Qedani Mahlangu says except for Natalspruit and Germiston Hospitals, patients can go to any health facility to avoid complications related to not taking their medication.

Mahlangu says it is not true that some hospitals have run out of food, causing patients to have to be discharged.

Murdered Tshwane Metro Police identified

By Lelethu Mquqo
28 August 2010

Tshwane Metro police have identified their colleague who was beaten to death in Pretoria early yesterday morning.

He has been named as Johannes Mogale.

Blue Bulls rugby player Bees Roux has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Roux is spending the weekend behind bars after being arrested in Hatfield, Pretoria, early yesterday morning in connection with the attack.

The 38-year-old Mogale was married with children and had been with a Metro law enforcer for four years.

It is alleged that he had been following up complaints of drunken driving.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Minibus accident claims another life

By Lelethu Mquqo
27 August 2010

Another boy has died of his injuries following yesterday’s rail tragedy in Cape Town.

Nine other pupils were killed when the taxi taking them to school on Wednesday morning was crushed by a train.

The taxi driver had apparently ignored warning signs at a railway crossing in Blackheath.

A 10-year-old boy had been airlifted to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital after the crash.

he Western Cape health department says he suffered such serious brain injuries that his family had to take the heart-breaking decision to have his life support system switched off this afternoon.

The taxi driver and three other children are still in hospital, while another child was discharged yesterday.

Western Cape Health MEC Theuns Botha he acknowledges that the Nero Surgical Team at Red Cross did everything in their power to try and save the boy’s life.

Rugby player arrested for murder

By Lelethu Mquqo
27 August 2010

The rugby fraternity has expressed shock at the arrest of the Blue Bulls’ Bees Roux in connection with a Metro police member’s murder.

The prop allegedly beat the Tshwane officer to death in Hatfield, Pretoria early this morning.

Netcare 911 paramedics have confirmed that they found the victim severely beaten in Schoeman Street at three this morning.

Roux’s lawyer says he will appear in court today or on Monday.

The Blue Bulls Company has expressed condolences with the victim’s family.

The team are playing the Pumas in a Currie Cup fixture in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, tonight.

Sympathy strikes planned for next week

Lusanda Bill
27 August 2010

Mineworkers, metalworkers and municipal workers might strike in support of public servants next week.

The unions are forcing the states hand in the public service wage dispute.

Cosatu Gauteng Provincial Chairperson Phutas Tseki says the trade union expects government to respond promptly to their demands.

Cosatu have met with their central executive committee to announce that all its non-public-sector affiliates had begun to notify employers of their intention to embark on secondary strikes next week.

The unions are demanding an 8.6 percent wage increase and a R1 000 housing allowance. The government is offering a seven-percent increase and R700 housing allowance.

Police members, prison warders and traffic officials also wanted to strike in support of the unions, but the police ministry stated that no police member is allowed to strike.

Memorial service held for three children of Blackheath accident

Lusanda Bill
27 August 2010

A memorial service was held yesterday at the Kasselsvlei Technical School, for three of the children who died in the Blackheath accident.

On Wednesday there was an accident involving a train and a minibus in Blackheath, on the R102 at Buttskop road. The minibus was carrying thirteen school children from Kleinvlei.

Nine children died in the accident and five were injured including the taxi driver.

The memorail service was held for 16 year old Nadine Martinisen, 13 year old Jean Pierre Willeman and 14 year old Jason Pedro. The service was attended by family members and friends including school pupils and teachers.

Pastor Kevin Baker has stated that a mass memorial service is being planned for Sunday.

Its expected to be held at a church in Blackheath at 4pm.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cosatu says alliance with ANC is dysfunctional

By Lelethu Mquqo
26 August 2010

Public service workers have protested outside Parliament and in other centres in the country today.

Meanwhile, Cosatu has warned that its alliance with the African National Congress is dysfunctional.

The trade union federation’s general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi briefed the media in Johannesburg, following Cosatu's central executive committee meeting.

Vavi says the surfacing of a new tendency is cripling both the tri-partite alliance and government.

He outlines the tendency as focusing on taking over the ANC and using access to the State for a selfish accumulation agenda.

Five businessmen involved in fraud

Lusanda Bill
26 August 2010

Three high ranking Kwa-Zulu-Natal civil servants and five Cape Town businessmen were arrested yesterday during a corruption raid by the Hawks.

The men allegedly defrauded government off an estimated of more than R8 million.

The five businessmen secured tenders with the Department of Health in KZN for the supply of water purification for use in provincial hospitals.

The men have since been released on bail. Gaston Savoi who allegedly was the master mind was released on R200, 000 bail while the others were released on R50, 000 bail.

The businessmen have been ordered by the court to surrender their passports and not interfere with the investigations.

DA grabs another ward from ANC

By Lelethu Mquqo
26 August 2010

African National Congress has again lost to Democratic Alliance in the third set of by-elections in the Western Cape last night.

The ANC lost in Stellenbosch and barely made it in Bredasdorp with just 75 votes.

Arniston , Struisbaai and Agulhas are areas included in the Bredasdorp ward and it had 74 percent voter turnout.

The ANC received 51.4 percent and the DA got 48.6 percent.ANC president Jacob Zuma last week visited the province.

Zuma met with the party’s supporters at Glendale High School in Mitchells Plain.

The DA retained its seat in Athlone with a huge winning margin over the ANC.

At the Groendal voting station near Stellenbosch, the DA had 723 votes and the ANC 519.

Police, prison warders and traffic officers might join strike

Lusanda Bill
26 August 2010

Police, prison warders and traffic officers have indicated that they may join the strike.

On Wednesday 145,000 traffic officers, prison warders and police indicated they may be joining the ongoing national public service strike on Saturday.

A national police spokesperson has stated that there is an interdict that prohibits all members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) from embarking on a strike.

Brigadier Sally de Beer from SAPS said "Employees of the SAPS, both those employed under the South African Police Service Act and those employed under the Public Service Act, may not in terms of the SAPS Act and in terms of this interim interdict withhold their labour or participate in strike action. Any contravention of this prohibition will lead to disciplinary action being taken, which may include summary dismissal from the police service”.

There seems to be no end to the public service strike, but today government has called all unions to return to the negotiating table.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Preliminary exams postponed

Jurina nkwazi
25 August 2010

The preliminary exams in Gauteng and Northern Cape have been postponed for two weeks because of the public service strike.

The Gauteng Education Department spokesperson Charles Phahlane said the exams scheduled for September 3 will now start on September 30.

He said catch-up programmes will be held in the mornings followed by the written exams in the afternoon.

"The current strike conditions make it difficult to continue with the exams immediately, and once the public sector strike ends, it will be necessary to catch up on teaching time,” said Phahlane.

Study guides are available on www.thutong.gov.za or www.education.gpg.gov.za, said Phahlane.

Meanwhile exams in the Western Cape will go ahead as planned as the province was less affected by the nationwide strike.

More soldiers deployed to hospitals

Lusanda Bill
25 August 2010

The public service strike has entered its eighth day today.

Striking workers are demanding an 8.6 percent wage increase and a R1000 housing allowance.

The South African National Defence Force has increased support to hospitals countrywide, by having over 1,700 soldiers working in state hospitals in the fast few weeks.

The South African Military Health Service will assist in 42 hospitals.

Spokesperson of the South African Military Siphiwe Dlamini said “Depending on the request for help, a medical team may consist of doctors, nurses and emergency health care practitioners. The South African Military Health Service is also deploying personnel to assist with the cleaning of the hospitals."

Provinces that are most affected by the strike so far are Gauteng, North West, KwaZulu –Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Free State.

Update on train and taxi accident

Lusanda Bill
25 August 2010

The number of children who have died in an accident involving a train and a minibus this morning in Blackheath has risen to nine.

Eight children died on the scene and the ninth boy died in hospital.

The Metrorail and the Rail Safety Regulator are busy investigating the accident and the investigation so far indicates that the driver tried to cross the railway track while the safety boom was down.

The other children and the bus driver are in hospital and in a critical condition.

8 children die in train and minibus collision

Lusanda Bill
25 August 2010

This morning there was an accident involving a train and a minibus in Blackheath, on the R102 at Buttskop road. The minibus was carrying thirteen school children from Kleinvlei.

Western Cape Police Spokesperson Billy Jones has confirmed that eight children have died and five are seriously injured.

The driver of the minibus was critically injured and was airlifted to hospital. Nobody was injured in the train.

Family members of the eight children who have died still need to be contacted.

The Western Cape Police have opened a case of culpable homicide and are investigating the matter.

Community Information Network

# The South African Air Force Association Cape Town branch will present a fundraising spring concert, Come Fly With US, at the Cape Town City Hall, Darling Street, on Saturday September 4th at 7pm, featuring the South African Navy Band. Tickets are R90 each book at Compu ticket. Phone SAAFA committee member Ray Pike on 021 439 82 88 or 082 565 77 37 for details.

# The Homeless People’s Sanctuary (Hopes) offers a free hairdressing course for the homeless and needy youth. Space is limited. They also have a free computer course, fabric painting, candle and soap making, stone art and sewing. All courses are held at the Retreat Community Centre, Cradock Road, Retreat. For more information call 021 702 04 62.

# The Barefoot Workshop invites you to a documentary screening of the latest collection of short documentary films, each ten minutes in length, produced here in Cape Town by local and international filmmakers. The screening will be at the Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street Gardens on the 27th of August from 7 to 8pm, and screening will be free. You can call 073 122 7480 or visit the website at www.barefootworkshop.org.

# Free aerobic classes will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursday s from 9am until 10am at the Portland Community Hall, on the corner of Silversand and Merrydale avenues. Call Mrs Daniels on 021 371 81 88 or 021 392 9942 for more information.

# The Greater Retreat Youth Forum are looking for performers to take part in their production of West Side Story, opening in December. Actors, both male and female, must be aged 16 to 25 years and must be able to sing and dance. For more information call Greg Philander on 021 701 1150

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Kebble murder trial postponed again

By Lelethu Mquqo
25 August 2010

The Brett Kebble Murder trial was postponed again yesterday in the South Gauteng High Court.

A state witness was not available to testify after being told that the trial would be postponed due to the public sector strike.

Despite the strike, a courtroom stenographer was made available, but Hilda du Plessis, an analyst from cell phone company MTN, was not available to give testimony.

It is the third time the trial’s being postponed due to the strike.

Glenn Agliotti stands accused of his involvement in the 2005 shooting of mining magnate Brett Kebble.

Judge Frans Kgomo adjourned the case until today.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Police officer arrested for drug possession

Jurina Nkwazi
24 August 2010

The City’s Metro Police and the South African Police Services arrested a Metro Police officer in Mitchell’s Plain after he was found with TIK in his possession last night.

The officer’s suspected illegal activities have been under investigation for a long time.

Polices confiscated his service firearm and arrested his wife on charges of drug-dealing, following a raid on their house.

Another suspect, allegedly linked to the officer, was arrested later that evening for possession of narcotics following a raid on her house.

Metro Police Deputy Chief, Yolanda Faro said “We have an obligation to act when any wrongdoing by our members is brought to our attention.”

“This arrest is the result of good cooperation between the Metro Police and the SAPS during the investigation. Metro Police will continue to maintain its zero tolerance approach in our fight against crime, irrespective of whether the culprit is one of our members,” said Faro.

The officer appeared in Mitchell’s Plain court today and will remain in police custody till his next court appearance on August 30.

Threats of September exams being pushed back due to strike

By Lelethu Mquqo
24 August 2010

Public service union leaders are warning that schools’ September exam is hanging in the balance if the countrywide strike continues indefinitely.

The exam, which is supposed to start next Wednesday, is especially important for matrics.

The Eastern Cape education department has already indicated that the exam will be postponed by a week.

In Western Cape, Education MEC Donald Grant has announced further support measures for learners during the strike.

The WCED says it has arranged for additional 20 000 copies of educational supplement to be printed, and will be distributed to schools in areas most hit by the strike.

“With regards to the upcoming examination, the WCED expects these examinations to go ahead as scheduled. While schools are not compelled to start at the same time, examinations at the majority of these schools are due to start in the first week of September”, spokesperson for Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant, Broghna Casey said.

Weapons go missing at SANDF

Jurina Nkwazi
24 August 2010

Dozens of weapons, including six rocket launchers have gone missing over the past few years from South African National Defence Force.

On Monday Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu replied in writing to a parliamentary question where she gave details of the missing weapons over the past three years.

Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald said the weapon losses is alarming and blames it on poor management and ill-discipline in the army.

Sisulu said that 20 rifles and five nine-millimetre rifles have also disappeared and an additional five mortars were reported missing.

The missing launchers include three 88mm anti-tank weapons, which can be used to knock out armoured vehicles.

Groenewald asked the question “What will people do with these rocket launchers?"

"The 7.62mm rifles are the same one’s used by criminals during cash-in-transit heists and needs to be investigated," he said.

According to Sisulu all physical measures were in place to secure weapons at SANDF storage and regular inspections are done to verify and control weapons.

Government has increased its wage offer

Lusanda Bill
24 August 2010

The Government has finally responded to the unions and has increased its wage offer.

Governments initial wage offer was a 7 percent and now its wage offer is standing at 8.5 percent, which is an additional 1.5 percent.

Government have increased the offer in order to end the public sector strike.

Government spokesperson Themba Maseko says that governments wage offer and the unions wage demand difference is now standing at 0.1 percent, and urges public sector unions to sign with immediate effect.

On the other hand Nehawu has rejected government’s latest wage offer.

The union has stated that the government is trying to confuse the public and the workers. Nehawu is still set on an 8.6 percent salary increase and a one thousand rand housing allowance.

Weapons missing from the SANDF

By Lelethu Mquqo
24 August 2010

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu revealed yesterday that six rocket launchers and four mortars were among weapons that went missing from National Defence Force arsenals over the past year.

The missing launchers include three 88-millimetre anti-tank weapons, which can be used to knock out armoured vehicles.

The Freedom Front Plus’ Pieter Groenewald, who posed the parliamentary question to Sisulu, says the losses are alarming.

He blamed it on bad management.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Strike: from bad to worst

By Lelethu Mquqo
23 August 2010

Johannesburg police arrested a number of union members protesting at the Helen Joseph Hospital.

The arrests occurred shortly after Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane’s visit to the hospital.

Mokonyane praised volunteers who stepped in to help at State hospitals hard hit by the public servants’ strike.

She also called on private sector medics to lend a hand.

In response, the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union accused the State of increasingly using violence against striking workers.

The union says the court interdict granted to government over the weekend may have been misunderstood.

Sadtu’s lawyers plan to contest some aspects of the interdict, including what it regards as a broad definition of essential services.

Security guard killed in cash robbery

By Lusanda Bill
23 August 2010

A 44 year old Coin security guard was gunned down today outside Pretoria.

The security guard was returning to his car after collecting money at a petrol station.

He was shot in the chest and the back by an unknown suspect. The security guard died on the scene.

There has been no confirmation of the amount that was stolen but there has been speculation that the suspect stole more than R100, 000.

The police are now appealing to the public for anyone with information to come forward.

WC Education Department calls on volunteers

Jurina Nkwazi
23 August 2010

On Monday The Western Cape education department have called on volunteers to help the department supervising learners at schools.

Education MEC Donald Grant said “the majority of the province’s schools are carrying on with their duties as normal.”

“There is however schools where the assistance of ex-teachers to supervise students would be highly appreciated.”

People who are interested can offer their help by contacting their nearest school or dial 0800-200-506.

Hotline to assist students during nationwide strike

Jurina Nkwazi
23 August 2010

The Western Cape Department has implemented a STRIKE hotline to assist learners who might need learning material during the nationwide strike.

Students can call 0800 802 933 and further arrangements will be made on how to obtain the notes.

Meanwhile, the public have been asked to make use of the hotline to report any incidents, threats and including students that are not supervised.

MEC Donald Grant urged students to ensure they read, write and do their sums every day.

Students back at Durban University of Technology

Lusanda Bill
23 August 2010

The Durban University of Technology students are back at their desks today.

Last week the university’s management closed the campus after police fired rubber bullets at students protesting about access to financial aid.

The university was closed because of fear for the safety of staff and students.

The main issue was that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) could not meet their financial requirements to students in terms of loans.

Acting Communications Manager Bhekani Dlamini said "The situation is back to normal, students are back in class. No problems have been encountered this today. We trust we will have a peaceful semester".

Over the weekend an agreement was reached by the university and the SRC to grant loans to students.

Acting Vice Chancellor Nqabomzi Gawe said in a statement "The university recognises that its immediate priority is with those second semester students who have been academically successful in terms of NSFAS and university rules of progression, if no funding was allocated by the NSFAS or the department of higher education and training, there would be no funding for first time applicants for NSFAS in 2011”.

Police stop the burial of a two month old boy

By Lelethu Mquqo
23 August 2010

Police stopped a burial of a two-month-old baby boy after the family failed to properly explain how the infant died.

The child reportedly died after drinking a bottle of milk.

The infant’s body is currently at Salt River mortuary and pathologists are expected to perform an autopsy today.

The baby's mother is said to have taken the baby for his monthly hospital visit the day before he died.

Police reported that the baby was taken to Nyanga Hospital when the mother noticed he stopped breathing and was declared dead on arrival.

An investigation has been launched on the actual cause of death.

Zuma visits Mitchell’s Plain

By Lelethu Mquqo
23 August 2010

ANC President Jacob Zuma has re-emphasised the importance of unity among party members.

Zuma met with the party’s supporters at Glendale High School in Mitchells Plain yesterday.

President Zuma called on party members to stop fighting amongst themselves.

Zuma said the infighting contradicts with the party’s vision and values.

Meanwhile, Zuma said party members and supporters must ask themselves whether they are still contributing positively to the party’s growth.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Three die in Cape Town and Durban road accidents

By Lelethu Mquqo
22 August 2010

Three people were killed in two separate accidents in Cape Town and Durban.

Two people were killed and two others were critically injured when two cars collided head-on on the M1 Higginson Highway near Milky Way this morning in Durban.

The cause of the collision is unknown.

Netcare911 Paramedics arrived at the scene to find both vehicles wedged against one another.

One man had been pulled from a car and was in a critical condition.

Another man was trapped in the mangled remains of the car.

Meanwhile, Western Cape police say the driver of a taxi fled the scene after he smashed into the back of a scooter in Halt Road, Elsies River, killing the 19-year-old rider.

Bystanders who witnessed the accident wrote down the registration number of the taxi and gave the information to the police.

A man has since been arrested.

Shack fire lives 2 dead and 500 homeless

By Lelethu Mquqo
22 August 2010

Two people have been killed and more than 500 others including children, after a shack fire broke out in Kleinmond, Western Cape.

residents in the Overhill informal settlement are trying to recover some of their remaining belongings.

A burning candle is said to be the apparently cause of the blaze.

Almost 300 shelters burnt down.

The Overstrand municipality is assisting the victims.

Cape Town’s landmarks fall today

By Lelethu Mquqo
22 August 2010

In just minutes, two of Cape Town’s most recognisable landmarks will be no more.

The demolition team tasked with carrying out the destruction of the Athlone Power Station’s cooling towers says everything is on track for the big bang when the concrete towers are imploded at noon.

The 80-metre high structures were deemed structurally unsound in February.

The so-called “Old Ladies of Cape Town” have been part of the skyline next to the N-2 for 50 years.

The City’s Charlse Cooper says everything is on schedule and the executive mayor will give the go ahead.

President Jacob Zuma criticise violence by striking public servants

By Lelethu Mquqo
22 August 2010

President Jacob Zuma has criticised the violence perpetrated by striking public servants.

He was speaking at the reburial of former Umkhonto weSizwe soldier Jerry Khuzwayo’s remains outside Pietermaritzburg.

The President says ugly scenes seen during the strike will ruin South Africa's image.

He added that even during the fight against apartheid, doctors and nurses were not prevented from going to work.

Zuma says scenes of women giving birth on the streets portray an uncaring country.

Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions says it has noted the Labour Court’s interdict.

It prohibits workers in essential services from intimidating or assaulting non-striking employees and members of the public.

The interdict also forbids damage to any State property.

Cosatu calls on government to urgently return to the bargaining council with a new offer, so that the strike can be ended as early as possible.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Aid for hospitals during strike

By Lelethu Mquqo
21 August 2010

The Hospital Association of South Africa announced today that many private facilities are already full to capacity.

Hasa said it is working with the department of health to transfer patients from government hospitals who require urgent treatment to their private facilities.

Meanwhile, The National Defence Force has tightened up its medical staff and security in support of the Department of Health during the public service strike.

SANDF members have occupied the majority of medical facilities in at least six provinces.

At least one-and-a-half-thousand members of the public and retired medical professionals are volunteering their services at state hospitals across the country.

Public service striker arrested for intimidation and assault

By Lelethu Mquqo
21 August 2010

Eastern Cape health department spokesperson says a striking public servant has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a doctor who reported for duty at the Nompumelelo Hospital in the Eastern Cape.

Sizwe Kupelo says the man apparently beat the doctor with his fists on hospital premises.

The worker will spend the weekend in jail and will appear in court on Monday.

He has been suspended by the department with immediate effect.

Kupelo added that four medical dispensary workers were assaulted during the strike in King Williams Town yesterday.

Two die in an aircraft accident

By Lelethu Mquqo
21 August 2010

Two people have tragically died in an aircraft accident near the airport in the Brakpan area in Ekuruleni this morning just after 07h00 this morning.

When Netcare 911 paramedics and the emergency services arrived on scene they found that the light aircraft had crashed nose first into an open field near the airport.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha says paramedics and police are at the scene and an investigation has been launched to uncover the cause of the accident.

Tragically both the pilot and his passenger of this aircraft died on scene due to the extensive injuries that they had sustained.

The names of the victims have not yet been released.

Strikers labelled as murderers

By Lelethu Mquqo
21 August 2010

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has labelled striking public servants who blocked hospitals for a third day yesterday as “murderers’ of emergency patients.

Motsoaledi worked at Johannesburg’s Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital, along with 60 qualified doctors and nurses, after saying strikers had lost their humanity.

Striking civil servants also shut down schools and other government institutions around the country.

Meanwhile, it is reported that public service sector unions and government could hold renewed wage talks next week in an attempt to resolve the increasingly violent strikes across the country.

Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi has promised to approach unions about new talks.

The Independent Labour Caucus, which represents close on half-a-million workers, says it held discussions with Baloyi yesterday.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions says it is open to talks. Cosatu-affiliated unions represent the bulk of the striking workers.

Traffic officials out in full force

Lusanda Bill
21 August 2010

Traffic officials were out in full force on Friday.

The traffic officials pulled over minibus taxi drivers to examine the licenses of the drivers and operators.

This was a random check by traffic officials to clamp down on illegal operations.

The clamp down was mainly aimed at vehicles parked near Western Boulevard in Green Point.

Many drivers were caught without their licences and also had outstanding fines.

Traffic spokesperson Kevin Jacobs said “We are also checking the roadworthiness of taxi operators to ensure the safety of commuters”.

Traffic officials have stated that more taxi operation clamp downs will be conducted throughout the year.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Army deployed to strike hit hospitals

Lusanda Bill
20 August 2010

Over 1,000,000 public servants including nurses and teachers have downed tools and have gone on an indefinite strike, because they are demanding an 8.6 percent wage increase and a R1000 housing allowance.

The strike has entered its third day today and it has intensified around the country.

The South African National Defence Force has been deployed to provide emergency care at six strike hit hospitals in Johannesburg, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.

It has been reported that six people including two babies from Natalspruit Hospital have died during the strike.

Defence spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said “soldiers had also been sent to provide protection at various hospitals”.

Later on today civil servants unions will meet with government to find a solution to the current wage negotiation deadlock.

Drug dens target young girls

Jurina nkwazi
20 August 2010

Police said Woodstock and Salt River drug dealers are forcing young girls into prostitution.

Some of the girls said police officials are often addicted to drugs themselves and live in shady places.

Residents have contacted police with their ongoing concern on the increasing number of drug houses.

Police raided two houses on Thursday in Woodstock and confiscated 31 packets of tik, packets of ungah, rocks of cocaine and used tik pipes at the house.

During the operation two men, one aged 33 and a woman was arrested for possession of drugs.

One of the houses belonged to a businessman in the area and police are now taking legal action to take his home.

Parents have been urges to take care of their children and to ensure they know their children’s whereabouts at all times.

Man wanted after selling rented car

Jurina Nkwazi
20 August 2010

Police are looking for a 38 year old man who sold a vehicle he rented to a Durbanville man from Drive Direct in Llitha Park on Wednesday.

The man bought the vehicle without knowing it was stolen from a car rental agency in Khayelitsha.

The stolen vehicle was sold at R 65 000 but is worth R 165 000.

Upon registering his new vehicle at the Traffic Department he was informed that the vehicle was registered to Drive Direct.

He is 1.75m tall, of medium build, and is dark of complexion.

Anyone with information can contact Investigating officer, Detective Constable Enver Joseph, at 084 871 005, or 021 970 5600.

NEHAWU shuts down service delivery points

Jurina Nkwazi
20 August 2010

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union have intensified their strike action today by shutting down all service delivery points in the Western Cape.

NEHAWU went on a full blown strike since yesterday and are currently picketing at Groote Schuur and Tygerberg Hospitals.

All Khayelitsha and Gugulethu’s service delivery point, most of the home affairs and department of labour offices in the province have been closed down.

Planes arriving at Cape Town International Airport will be left stranded with no Customs Officials at the Customs Office at Home Affairs.

Tygerberg and Groote Schuur hospital operated at about 50% capacity on Thursday.

NEHAWU Provincial Secretary Soraya Jawordeen said “Members of the community have been asked to stay away from the service delivery sites. For those who find themselves in a life or death situation, will have to negotiate entry with marshals at picketing lines.”

Police searching for a gang of robbers

Lusanda Bill
20 August 2010

Durbanville police are searching for a gang in connection with three homes that were robbed in a space of ten days.

Police have reported that a house in Lichtenberg Farm was robbed two times. The first time they took a cell phone and money.

The second time they took a safe containing a firearm, camera and jewellery to the value of R110, 000.

Four men broke into a house in La Colline Smallholding, and they stole watches, laptop, a cell phone, digital camera and a video camera, all worth R100, 000.

Police are now asking the assistance from the public, to help the police in the investigation. Anyone with information that can help the police in anyway can call the investigating officer Clement Petersen of Durbanville police on 082 775 2100, 021 970 5600 or Crime Line on 08600 10111.

Strike blockade at Groote Schuur hospital

Chris Whitfield addresses the media, on media freedom

Lusanda Bill
20 AUGUST 2010

Chris Whitfield who is the Independent Newspapers Editor-in-Chief has made his views clear on the Protection of Information Bill.

He was discussing the controversial bill and Media Appeals Tribunal at the Cape Town Press Club on Thursday.

He stated the bill is an invitation for officials to abuse legislation and keep information away from the public.

Whitfield said “if government presses ahead with its plan, it would signal the end of investigative journalism in the country. The bill would give the state far-reaching powers to classify information in the name of national security, which would result in publications simply becoming the mouthpiece of the ruling party”.

Government has stated that the bill is not meant to muzzle the media and have said they will meet with the South African Editors Forum to make them understand the bill.

Meanwhile Bush Radio programme intergrator Adrian Louw released an open letter to listeners and supporters outlining the stations view on media freedom and freedom of expression.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

WC education makes strike management plans

Lusanda Bill
19 August 2010

The Western Cape Education Department has released a management plan for schools during the strike.

Teachers have embarked on a strike for better wages.The teachers were joining thousands of public servants in different sectors around the country.

MEC for Education in the Western Cape Donald Grant said “parents must not allow children to stay away from school during the strike, as extra learning material will be provided to students to keep them busy. These programmes support all grades, with a particular focus on our grade 12’s who will begin writing the first practical examination in just 54 days’ time".

Thirty four schools were closed in the Western Cape yesterday and hundreds more around the country.

The unions have not agreed to the government’s offer, so the unions are going on an indefinite strike.

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Police open fire with rubber bullets

Lusanda Bill
19 August 2010

Teachers gathered in Ormonde south of Johannesburg today creating disorder on the M1 highway.

Police opened fire with rubber bullets on protesting teachers.

Five SADTU members were wounded and one was shot in the head. Civil servants have gone on an indefinite strike, demanding an 8.6 percent salary increase and R1, 000 housing allowance.

Numerous schools and hospitals have been brought to a standstill across the country.

Union leaders have said they will not stop the demonstrations. Meanwhile government has warned that they will deploy the army to keep essential services running.

The government says it will still need to find another R5 million to meet the demands of the unions.

Second day of Public Sector strike (video)

Shark warning issued

By Jurina Nkwazi
19 August 2010

Beach goers have been urged to exercise caution as sharks have been spotted on the South African coastline.

A seasonal warning was issued by The National Sea Rescue Institute. This comes after two surfers had a close encounter with a great white at Plettenberg Bay on Wednesday.

“It is normal during this time of the year when sharks migrate closer to the shore,” NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

He added most of the sharks were potted in the Western Cape.

Meanwhile, the shark siren in Muizenberg is out of order which make it difficult to alert beach users.

A new siren is expected to arrive this week from Australia.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fiona Coyne dies in Cape Town

Lusanda Bill
18 August 2010

Fiona Coyne famously known as the popular host of the local version of the Weakest Link quiz show has passed away.

The 46 year old died in her home in Fish Hoek, Cape Town today.

It was earlier reported that she died in a car accident, but later turned out that she died in her home.

It has been confirmed by police that her body was found at 08:40 this morning by her domestic worker.

Besides being a presenter she was also a writer and acted in numerous theatre productions. She wrote her first play in 1998 titled As the Koekie Crumbles and won the Fleur du Cap Award for Best New Indigenous Script for Glass Roots in 2001.

She was also a member of the Capab Drama Company and served on the Theatre Advisory Panel for the National Arts Council.

She was passionate about flying and environmental conservation.

Some schools closed today despite government’s plea

By Lelethu Mquqo
18 August 2010

Despite government’s plea to parents to send children to school today, schools in parts of southern Johannesburg, including Soweto and Lenasia are closed.

Protesters are barring access to the Natalspruit Hospital on the East Rand.

The Gauteng Health Department’s Mandla Sidu says they are sending officials to the scene to assess the situation.

Public servants are embarking on an indefinite strike, which started today after rejecting government’s seven percent wage increase offer.

Meanwhile, the trial of Glenn Agliotti at the South Gauteng High Court was again put on hold due to the strike.

The court’s stenographer could not be found to transcribe the proceedings.

A group of strikers gathered on the court steps chanting slogans and dancing.

Learners urged to attend school during the strike

By Lelethu Mquqo
18 August 2010

As public servants go on strike today, the Education Department says schools will be open as usual.

Trade union federation Cosatu and independent unions announced last night that they had rejected government’s seven percent wage increase offer.

Unions say the strike will continue until the employers agree to the demands of the workers.

Meanwhile, Sadtu has urged striking teachers not to intimidate those who are not taking part in the strike.

Western Cape education minister, Donald Grant, has urged learners not to stay away from school ensuring them that the department will do everything in its power to ensure their safety.

Mass marches are being planned across the country for the 26 of August 2010.

Country gear up for PSA strike today

By Jurina Nkwazi
18 August 2010

About one million public servants will embark on a national strike after rejecting governments revised wage offer today.

On Tuesday evening The Congress of South African Trade Unions and the Independent Labour Caucus rejected government’s latest wage offer of a 7 percent increase and R700 housing allowance indefinitel, after four days of talk.

Unions are demanding an 8.6 percent increase and a R1000 housing allowance.

Service delivery will be affected at schools, home affairs, licensing departments and hospitals.

Government has warned workers that serious action will be taken against those who do damage to property.

The strike will take place on Wednesday and unions are not prepared to halt unless their demands are met.

In the meantime, parents have been urged to send their children to school as contingency plans have been put into place.

Afriforum to investigate Julius Malema

Lusanda Bill
18 August 2010

Afriforum Youth will be conducting an independent investigation into the tenders awarded to ANC Youth League President Julius Malema’s company, SGL Engineering Projects and other companies in the North West and Limpopo provinces.

Afriforum Youth’s Ernst Roets said “Malema plays a senior role in the ruling party and that the awarding of municipal tenders to a company of which he is a director, is unethical, irrespective of what the Public Protector or any law may say in this regard".

Advocate Thuli Madonsela said “she could not find any irregularities in the company, SGL Engineering Projects."

"All the tender documentation of six of the municipalities investigated had not been up to date, saying there was "no verifiable information or evidence" that the tenders were awarded to the company through "improper influence, comradeship, nepotism, political affiliations, or any other impropriety," said Madonsela.

Afriforum Youth will be studying the Public Protectors report and investigate the matter further.

Advisor to Women's Ministry fired

Lusanda Bill
18 August 2010

Nomazotsho Memani-Balani an advisor to Minister Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya, in the ministry for women, children and persons with disabilities has been fired.

She was fired for being absent from work for three months without explanation.

Spokesperson Sibani Mngadi said “Since May, she had not provided a reason for her absence and had not done any of the functions required of her during that period. This had a negative impact on the culture of service delivery being built within the ministry”.

It has not been mentioned whether labour law processes were followed before her dismissal.

The department were not available for comment.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Jackie Selebi makes an appeal

Lusanda Bill
17 August 2010

Former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi has lodged an application to appeal his 15-year prison sentence today.

Selebi was convicted on charges of corruption earlier this month.

He has until Friday this week to lodge his papers after he had been given 14 days to lodge the papers.

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Mthunzi Mhaga said “That is correct that we have received Mr Selebi’s application for leave to appeal, which we will oppose and argue on dates which are yet to be arranged when the judge and both parties are available,”.

No date has been set for the hearing yet.

Sustainability of World Cup Stadiums under the spotlight

By Lelethu Mquqo
17 August 2010

The South African Football Association and a number of other sports governing bodies briefed Parliament’s Sports Portfolio Committee today on the sustainability of South Africa’s World Cup stadiums post 2010.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality said the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth is said to make a profit of R1.3 million by the year 2011, if everything goes according to plan.

The stadium will host five Super 15 pre-season games every year as well as the Tri-Nations match between the Springboks and New Zealand.

Nelson Mandela Bay is still searching for a suitable soccer team to use the venue.

Americans gang leader gunned down

By Jurina nkwazi
17 August 2010

A leading member of the Americans gang was gunned down in Athlone on Monday.

Oscar Williams was soon rushed to a hospital, where he died hours later.

He was approached by two men who pulled out a shotgun that hit Williams in the abdominal area.

"They were walking one in front of the other in an attempt to conceal the gun and when they reached him, the guy at the back pulled out what looked to be a shotgun and fired a single shot that hit the person in the abdominal area," said Athlone police spokesman Warrant Officer Ian Bennett.

The two men fled the scene but were arrested shortly after the shooting. One of the suspects was released on parole on Friday and is a member of the Playboys gang.

Williams was in the area to pick up his wife. They were on there way to the mechanic.

Police fear a war between the Americans and the Playboys might erupt and are now patrolling the area.

The suspects will appear in the Athlone Magistrate's Court this week. They face charges of murder and the illegal possession of a gun and ammunition.

Revised wage offer rejected

Lusanda Bill
17 August 2010

South African public sector unions have rejected the revised wage offer made by government.

On Thursday last week government made a fresh offer of R700 housing allowance but an unchanged 7% wage increase.

The unions are demanding an 8.6% wage hike with a housing allowance from R500 to R1 000.

President of the South African Democratic Teachers Union, a part of the labour coalition said "From tomorrow there will be a total shutdown and the beginning of a protracted strike and we will only stop when government responds,".

This means that tomorrow about 1.3 million civil servants will embark on a strike, this includes police, customs officials, teachers and health workers and social welfare.

Pressure is on government now to accept the unions demand or the country will see the worst state strike in over three years.

Khayelitsha residents want ownership of houses

Lusanda Bill
17 August 2010

The building of 100 new houses in Section 21 of Mandela Park has begun.

Cape Town residents have stated that they will put an end to the construction of the homes, unless they are guaranteed part ownership of the houses.

It has been reported that resident Nosipho Magcoba says, in May this year the Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela said “She promises to give 180 houses”.

The residents want fifty-fifty; they want half of the houses for the backyards and the other half for the outsiders.

Nosipho Magcoba said “The outside people from Gugulethu, the other people from Site C, they are the people that are going to get the houses. Not us, the backyarders of Mandela Park because the land is inside Mandela Park.”

Residents want ownership of the houses or they will make sure that construction of the houses does not carry on.

UWC classes halt due to strike

By Jurina Nkwazi
17 August 2010

The University of the Western Cape will come to a stand still today as angry students embark on a strike.

There is conflict between students and the institutions` administrations over the payment of fees by The National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

Students who applied for financial aid in the second semester accounts need be cleared by September.

The Student Task Team’s Spokesperson Khabelo Roto said “when students approached the NSFAS, they were informed that they’ve ran out of money.”

He added saying “that for those students living on the universities residence, meal vouchers including Pick ‘n Pay have been given, which won’t sustain them especially during exams.”

The march will be led by the Student Representative council and other structures on campus.

Students will hand a memorandum of grievances to UWC’s Rector Brian O’Connor at noon.

School principal faces disciplinary hearing

By Lelethu Mquqo
17 August 2010

The suspended principal of Nondzame Primary School faces disciplinary action.

Nomalady May, principal of a Xhosa-medium school, refused a merger with a coloured Afrikaans school, Pniel Primary School.

Nondzame Primary was based on private land and the lease expired at the end of 2009.

Western Cape Department of Education’s spokesperson Eddy Atwell said the department managed to get an extention on the lease but up until June this year.

“We couldn’t move the school without the consent on of the school governing body, which we finally got. But the principal refused to move and was charged with disobeying a lawful instruction” said Atwell.

Nondzame Primary School has since been moved to Pniel Primary School near Stellenbosch.

Missing Person Alert: Fatime Noordien

Monday, August 16, 2010

Metro Police clamp down on drunk drivers and drug dealers

Lusanda Bill
16 August 2010

Cape Town Metro Police Officers carried out various operations and roadblocks throughout Cape Town in the past week. This operation led to the arrest of 53 suspects.

The Metro Police did a joint operation with the South African Police Services (SAPS) in AZ Berman Drive and Mitchell’s Plain.

Officers arrested 28 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol and one suspect for fraud.

In Khayelitsha and Lwandle eight motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, seven motorists were arrested for drunk driving, suspected arrested for possession of dagga, and another for possession of TIK in Hout Bay and Fish Hoek.

While also this past week the Metro Police Dog Unit joined the SAPS on Saturday and Sunday, arrested two suspects for possession of narcotics, nine parcels of dagga, two packets of TIK, thirty six TIK lollies and one dagga stop, in Senator Park, Woodstock, Kensington and Macassar.

Metro Police Chief Yolanda Faro said “We appeal to the public to take the rules of the road seriously. Metro Police Officers are on the lookout for anyone disobeying these rules, especially those driving drunk. Our officers will continue their high visibility patrols and will conduct regular roadblocks and house searches to root out criminality in our communities”.

Abandoned babies on the increase in Cape

Jurina nkwazi
16 August 2010

According to Cape Town Child Welfare, over 500 babies have been abandoned over the past year in Cape Town.

Police and other child welfare organisations confirmed the number of abandoned cases is on the increase.

There is especially an increase of dumped babies and mother’s who leave their after childbirth while other’s have been well looked after before being abandoned.

Niresh Ramklass, Cape Town Child Welfare's chief executive, said the babies are zipped in suitcases or in plastic bags.

It would appear that some of the mother’s are schoolgirls because more babies have been found newar schools.

May of these births are not registered at hospitals.

Corruption worrying Tokyo Sexwale

Lusanda Bill
16 August 2010

The Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale today praised the Special Investigations Unit for its work into housing corruption.

The work that the Special Investigations Unit has been doing has resulted in the arrest and conviction of hundreds of government officials.

The minister stated that the extent of corruption in South Africa is worrying. Sexwale said “it was not all doom and gloom in the government housing programme”.

Willie Hofmeyer, Head of the Special Investigations Unit said “investigation into housing corruption is now turning to large contractors. We are looking at twenty contracts to the total of R2billion, so the average contract amount we are talking about is R100million per contract”.

Witness takes stand in Kebble murder

By Lelethu Mquqo
16 August 2010

A new witness will take the stand in the Brett Kebble murder trial in the South Gauteng High Court today, and is expected to shed more light on telephone records of those involved.

The witness is an expert from a cell phone service provider, MTN. Cell phone records have proven a vital tool in the State’s prosecution of drug lord Glenn Agliotti.

He faces murder charges for his involvement in the 2005 shooting of Kebble in Johannesburg.

Meanwhile, Judge Frans Kgomo has ruled out the use of a sworn statement made by Agliotti in his 2006 bail application.

Judge Kgomo says Agliotti was not warned by the Magistrate that the statement could be used against him.

The Judge says Agliotti may not have agreed to provide the statement if he had known this and therefore the use of the statement would not give him a fair trial.

Community Information Network

# Help the Rural Child Charity Clothing Shop has opened in Retreat Mall, Station Road, Retreat. They need clothing in good condition and any kind of bric-a-brac. For more information or to arrange a collection call 021 689 83 92.

# The Cafda’s Junior Resource Centre is open daily to primary school pupils as an after-care centre, at no fee to the parents. Children are taught numeracy, literacy, speech and drama, arts and crafts, junior computer training everyday after school and there is a junior library to assist children with projects. Call 021 706 2050 or 021 707 52 77 for enrolment.

# St Joseph’s Adult Education Programme in Rondebosch is offering a beginners’ computer course every Saturday. Call 021 686 84 26 for details.

# Rays of Hope, cancer support groups for patients, survivors and family members meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 7.30pm to 9pm at the Father’s House Christian Fellowship, close to Old Oak and Frans Conradie road in Bellville. For more information contact Vera on 083 627 58 26.

# The Girls Guides Association of South Africa is looking for young women between the ages of 14 and 24 to join their group. They meet every second week and enjoy the outdoors and getting involved in the community. For details call Geraldine on 082 412 1332

# The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr Lyal White “Understanding Brazil’s New Drive for Africa”. The seminar will take place at The Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town, on Wednesday 18 of August at 5.00 for 5.30 pm. Entrance for non members is R30 or R15 on presentation of a current student identity card. Parking is freely available behind the building after 5pm. Please RSVP to saiia.admin@telkomsa.net or call Pippa on 021 761 4842 or 083 305 2339.

If you would like our community information network to announce your community notice, submit a paragraph detailing the information of your event or project. Send those details to news@bushradio.co.za or fax them to 021 448 5451. You can even give us a call on 021 448 5450. Don’t forget notices that can uplift the community will be broadcasted free of charge. From the CIN team, I’m…Lusanda Bill

Delay in trains this morning

By Lelethu Mquqo
16 August 2010

Metrorail has sent out a warning to train commuters of possible delays this morning.

This comes after a 50-ton steel construction support structure collapsed blocking the railway lines beneath it at the Koeberg interchange.

Two workers were injured in the incident and the central line, passing Esplanade station is affected.

One worker suffered injuries on the chest and the other broke a leg.

The railway tracks were not damaged.

School principal murdered his wife

Lusanda Bill
16 August 2010

A high school principal from Ndabakazi village in the Eastern Cape murdered his wife and was later found dead from a gunshot wound yesterday.

The wife aged 29 years old was visiting her husband aged 40 in the village outside Butterworth on Saturday.

Police spokesperson Jackson Manatha said “The couple had an argument during which the husband pulled out a gun, shot the woman four times in the upper body and drove away with her. People in the area gave chase and eventually found the couple. The wife was bleeding profusely, but still able to talk”.

The wife died in hospital and the husband was found dead with a gunshot wound.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

2010 matrics tough road to university

Lusanda Bill
15 August 2010

Matriculants of 2010 have a tougher road ahead of them, when they have to apply for university.

South Africa’s top universities have made stricter admission requirements then the previous years.

Among the requirements matrics have to meet the benchmark tests known as the NTB, a minimum 50 percent pass in English and entrance points have increased drastically.

The University of Kwazulu Natal is one of the few universities in the country that have not implemented stricter admission requirements including Walter Sisulu University and the Limpopo University.

The universities spokesperson Nomonde Mbadi says “they were monitoring and tracking the academic performance and quality of students in the first year of study.” Since this is only the second year of implementation of the new national senior certificate (NSC) and of the revised university minimum admissions requirements, faculties are analysing trends and monitoring student performance”.

The determining factor is the applicant’s senior final certificate results.

DA and ID to make an announcement today

Lusanda Bill
15 August 2010

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Independent Democrats (ID) will today make an announcement that has the potential to change the political climate.

DA leader Helen Zille and ID leader Patricia de Lille will break the news in Kempton Park on the East Rand in Johannesburg today at 2pm.

Many have stated that the two parties will be announcing a merger which will see the DA and ID forming a powerful opposition coalition.

The big question on everyone’s mind is how the two parties will structure the relationship.

Department of Home Affairs cancelling marriages

Lusanda Bill
15 August 2010

The Sunday Independent has revealed that the Department of Home Affairs has illegally cancelled several marriages between South Africans and foreign nationals, describing them as fake or marriages of convenience.

Many South Africans married to foreigners have a good chance of being able to divorce their spouses without serving them with official divorce papers and without their foreign partner’s knowing about it.

In one case that has been reported a Nigerian went to the Pretoria High Court when he discovered that his status had been changed from married to single after his South African wife died.

He was not provided with reasons for the cancellation.

Many people have found out that their marital status have been changed from married to single when checking the Home Affairs Department website.

Malema wants fresh leadership for the ANC

Lusanda Bill
15 August 2010

President of the ANC Youth League Julius Malema addressed delegates at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, Gauteng yesterday.

Malema said at the congress “the ANC needed fresh blood; the party needs a leadership that would represent the views of the poor and be radical”.

Addressing the delegates he stated that the party should not sing songs that they think could divide, but to sing songs about individuals and heroes.

Julius Malema targeted the whole ANC leadership even President Jacob Zuma, saying "In 2012, the current leadership that is in power now will be 67 or so. In 2019 they will be 70 something to 80 years or more. Are we saying the ANC has failed to introduce a second or third layer of leadership? The world is becoming young. The world is accepting the leadership of a president of a country who is between 40 and 50. The ANC is becoming young. Will we have a president in 2019 who is 80 years?”

He told delegates that the ANC needs fresh blood that would move the ANC forward to another generation.

The election results are expected to be made known later today

Saturday, August 14, 2010

WC government gives the green light

Lusanda Bill
14 August 2010

The Western Cape government officials have given the Drankenstein Business Chamber, waterfront development the go ahead this week.

The complex will costs R1 billion and it will include among others a gym, hotel and a centre of excellence targeted at schools in the area.

Drankenstein Business Chamber chairperson Trevor Harris said “It definitely will bring more visitors in and obviously in the surrounding areas will be brought into the centre of Paarl.”

The complex is believed to attract more investors and most importantly visitors to Paarl.

The ICD finds the two Kempton Park officers guilty

Lusanda Bill
14 August 2010

The Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) has responded to the case involving two police officers who were fired from the force on Friday.

The two police members were found guilty of corruption, rape and defeating the ends of justice.

The ICD has welcomed the outcome of an internal disciplinary inquiry.

The internal disciplinary found the constable and the warrant officer from Kempton Park on the East Rand guilty of defeating the ends of justice.

The Independent Complaints Directorate Moses Dlamini said after the announcement “We are pleased with the result and outcome of the disciplinary action. This is a case the ICD investigated and will ensure it goes through the disciplinary process.”

Fish Hoek Primary raises R40 000

Lusanda Bill
14 August 2010

Fish Hoek Primary School have raised 40 000 rands to help those in need in the country of Haiti following a devastating earthquake in January.

The learners started collecting money in February when they wore civvies for the entire month.

The Principal of Fish Hoek Primary Grant Williams said “the children were determined and it was important to play an active role”.

The students at the school feel very proud to have been involved in such a project.

The school was the first to undertake such an initiative in the country.

Officers found guilty of rape and corruption

Lusanda Bill
14 August 2010

Two Kempton park police officers have been fired.

The warrant-officer and the constable were found guilty of allegations of rape, corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

One of the men was accused of raping a woman in October last year.

They were handed down their sanction on Friday, this was after an internal disciplinary inquiry by the police service.

Police officer Eugene Opperman said “The presiding officer found them guilty after all evidence was heard and that lead to them being fired from the police [service]. There’s no place for police that do that type of thing,”.

The case is now with the Independent Complaints Directorate for further action.

Wa Afrika might have been framed

Lusanda Bill
14 August 2010

It has appeared that Sunday Times newspaper journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika was framed.

Last week he was taken into custody by the Hawks.

The Hawks involvement in the criminal case against Mzilikazi wa Afrika is being questioned.

It has been reported that the Hawk’s swoop on Wa Afrika could be irregular because it would be a case that falls outside the new elite priority crimes unit’s mandate.

The Mail and Guardian has uncovered e-mail trails which show charges against the Sunday Times newspaper journalist were trumped up.

The Mail and Guardian were faxed the fake resignation letter for Mabusa on 21st July 2010. The paper contacted the premier’s office, which confirmed it was a forgery.

Strike disruptions has the department worried

Lusanda Bill
14 August 2010

Director General Bobby Soobrayan stated that the education department is “strongly” against disruptions caused by the public service strike.

He said “In some of our schools it is apparent that learners have now missed out on an entire week of schooling, despite teacher unions publicly stated that their protests would be limited to one day”.

The education department is very concerned about the reports that the department got, that some schools that were operating as normal were disrupted on Friday, by teachers from neighbouring schools.

Director General Bobby Soobrayan said “These actions cannot be tolerated and we are working closely with the South African Police Services to deal harshly with such incidents”.

Time is running out, with only 71 days to go until the start of the Grade 12 examinations students are under pressure.

It will be known on Tuesday whether public servants will go on strike or accept the government's offer of a 7% wage increase and a R700 housing allowance. They were demanding an 8.6% wage increase and a housing allowance of R1 000.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions-affiliated public sector unions and the Independent Labour Caucus (ILC) stated they will be consulting their members this weekend.

Shark siren out of order

By Jurina Nkwazi
14 August 2010

Beach users have been warned that the shark siren at Muizenberg Beach is out of order and should proceed with caution.

A new siren has been ordered from Australia and will arrive in the next week.

In the mean time, the beaches staff will be using air horns and a loud hailer to notify the public of the presence of sharks in the water.

The City appealed to swimmers to be more vigilant for the next week, after which the new siren should arrive.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Bakkie and truck collision leaves one dead

By Jurina Nkwazi
13 August 2010

An accident involving a bakkie and a truck on the N7 near the Philadelphia turnoff has claimed one life.

It is alleged that the truck tried to make a u-turn in the mist when the bakkie collided with the trailer.

ER24 paramedics said the bakkie was stuck under the trailer of the truck with two people still inside.

The driver was declared dead on the scene and the passenger of the bakkie had to be cut out of the vehicle. The passenger had sustained multiple injuries.

The patient was airlifted to a nearby hospital. An investigation on the cause of the accident is underway.

Motorists are urged take extra care when driving in the mist.

Woman hangs herself in hotel room

By Jurina Nkwazi
13 August 2010

Last night a woman hanged herself in a Cape Town hotel room.

“When paramedics arrived at the scene, the woman was already declared dead,” Netcare 911 spokesperson Lauren Copley said.

The exact cause of the woman’s death is not yet known.

It is believed the woman used a sheet to hang herself in the hotel room where she was staying.

Police are investigating the incident.

Five arrested for cigarettes worth R 4.5million

By Jurina Nkwazi
13 August 2010

Illegal cigarettes worth R4.5 million were confiscated on Thursday, Western Cape Police said.

Warrant Officer November Filander said they received information about a delivery truck carrying illegal cigarettes.

With the help of the K9 Unit police sniffer dogs retrieved 321 boxes of illegal cigarettes worth R 4.5 million at a storage place Interchange, Somerset West.

The police arrested the truck driver, 44, and four other men aged between 21 and 34.

The suspects will appear in the Somerset West Magistrate's Court on charges relating to the Customs Act of illicit cigarettes.

No MTN8 matches at SWC stadiums

By Jurina Nkwazi
13 August 2010

The MTN8 will not be making use of the South African World Cup Stadiums for it’s considered too big.

There are raising fears that the stadiums could become dormant.

The PSL says none of the venues are suitable for the tournament to attract large crowds that features the top eight teams in the league.

The opening to this year's MTN8 will be at Athlone Stadium when Mamelodi Sundown’s take’s on Ajax Cape Town.

The tournament kicks off 27 August.

police seek assistance

By Lelethu Mquqo
13 August 2010

Worcester police are requesting the assistance of the public in finding 35 year old Mathapelo Tsoleli, who went missing on Wednesday the 4th of August 2010.

Mathapelo who lives at Fulang Avenue in Zwelethemba, Worcester is mentally challenged.

The time of her disappearance she was wearing a check green skirt, light blue polo-neck jersey and black & white shoes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mathapelo Tsoleli can contact the investigation officials, Constables Stephans or Williams on (023) 34 8 8600.

Detailed plan for demolition of Athlone cooling towers

By Lelethu Mquqo
13 August 2010

The City of Cape Town yesterday revealed a detailed plan regarding the demolition of the iconic Athlone cooling towers.

Concrete rings surrounding the towers collapsed earlier this year resulting in the structures being declared unsafe.

Demolitions experts have now drilled three-thousand holes into each of the towers, which will be filled with explosives.

The City says measures have been put in place to deal with the noise and dust that will be created when the towers finally drop at noon on the 22nd of August.

missing child found

Government increases housing allowance offer

By Lelethu Mquqo
13 August 2010

Government last night slightly gave in to public servants demands when it increased its housing allowance offer to 700-rands a month, but made it clear that it will not move from its stand on a seven-percent salary offer.

The last minute negotiations were held in Centurion in an attempt to avert a full-blown strike.

Cosatu and the Public Servants' Association earlier made it clear that their position would remain unchanged unless a "substantially" improved offer was tabled.

Meanwhile, The South African Democratic Teachers Union says President Jacob Zuma must take responsibility for the collapse of services in government institutions.

The strike left most schools closed and also crippled services in government departments.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Public servants block entrances in hospitals

By Lelethu Mquqo
12 August 2010

Striking civil servants in KwaZulu-Natal have blocked the entrances to clinics and hospitals in Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

Thousands of healthcare workers in the province answered the call for industrial action in protest of government’s seven-percent wage offer.

The provincial Health Department has asked the military to step in should the situation get out of hand.

More than a million civil servants around the country have threatened to strike if planned wage negotiations with government later tonight fail.

Protests in Cape Town and Pretoria took place earlier this week without incident.

Public servants march in Durban

By Lelethu Mquqo
12 August 2010

Thousands of public servants earlier today marched through Durban, demanding better wages from government.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions members marched to City Hall, accompanied by a large group of police officials.

This follows similar marches in Pretoria and Cape Town earlier this week.

Wage talks are set to resume later this evening and analysts says government might up its offer of seven-percent in order to prevent further strike action.

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Man jumps from Senator Park building to escape police

By Jurina Nkwazi
12 August 2010

On Wednesday a man jumped from the fifth floor window at Senator Park building to escape police in Cape Town.

Paramedics say the man landed on a balcony on the first floor. He injured his wrist, ankle and face.

“Police had been following up on information about drug dealing in specific rooms in the Senator Park building,” Captain Ezra October said.

It was during a wrestle with the police where he broke free.

October said the 19-year-old male was found in possession of two units of crack cocaine with a street value of R3 000.

"He ran through the house, jumped through a kitchen window and landed on a balcony on the first floor," he said.

He was taken to Groote Schuur hospital, where he’s being safeguarded by police.

Police were attacked by a large number of male tenants outside the building who threw stones and bricks at police cars..

They had to call for back. No one was injured.

One arrest was for malicious damage to state property, but he was later released.

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