Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Two workers are in a serious but stable condition after a trench collapsed at a construction site in Durban.


Natasha Mabuto
30 August 2016

Marshall Security spokesperson Kyle van Reenen said that the men had been excavating a trench for the placement of cables when the sides gave way, burying them alive.

The site was on Umhlanga Rocks Drive near the Ilala Ridge area. Reports say the structural collapse took place at an Umhlanga housing complex.


Various officials worked together to free the men, in their 30s, from the soil and rubble. 

They were taken to hospital for treatment.

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The committee tasked with finding a replacement for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is expected to meet today for the last time.

Natasha Mabuto
30 August 2016

The committee is due to finalise and approve its report, which recommends Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane to fill Thuli Madonsela's place when her term ends in October. 

According to the parliamentary programme, the committee will then table the report to the National Assembly before it is considered on Wednesday the 7th September. 

In their last meeting, political parties including the ANC, EFF, IFP and NFP recommended Mkhwebane to be the suggested candidate, while the DA reserved its comment on the issue.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Nine people died in one week

Nontando Mafanya
29 August 2016

At least nine people, including two teenagers, have been killed in Delft since last Wednesday.

In the most recent incident, in the early hours of this morning, a man in his twenties and a teenage girl were gunned down.

The police’s Noloyiso Rwexana says, she can confirm that cases of murder and attempted murder are under investigation after a shooting incident which occurred this morning.

No one has been arrested in connection with both incidents.


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Pit bull nearly bites off gran's hand in vain bid to save toddler

Leonie Pretorius

29 August 2016

A family is in mourning after their pit bull terrier killed their 18-month-old daughter, Faith.

 Nowell’s mother Lientjie Hendricks was playing with Faith in the garden of the Hendricks family home in Mount Pleasant, Hermanus, on Friday.

The dog, Bruno, was on his chain but managed to free himself and started biting Faith on the legs.

 The grandmother jumped on the dog to try to calm him down, but he got out from under her and grabbed Faith by the throat.

That is whe the dog almost bit the grandmother’s hand off “Her hand was hanging from a sinew.  

When they finally got the dog out of the way, Faith was rushed to hospital, but she was already dead.  

Provincial health department spokesperson Bianca Carelse said the grandmother was in a stable condition in the Worcester hospital.

 Faith would be buried in Mount Pleasant on Saturday.


The Hermanus Animal Welfare Society also put the dog down.

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Woodstock evictions: Rights group urges developers to meet with families

Somila Nkosana
29 August 2016

Civil rights group Reclaim the City has called on a private developer to meet with the families they are planning to evict from their homes in Woodstock.

The Woodstock Hub purchased the homes in Bromwell Street in 2013 and now wants to build a parking lot. But residents are up in arms and have refused to move.

The group’s Emile Engel says they’re calling on directors of the Woodstock Hub to come and meet these families which they’ve not done.


He has also called on the City of Cape Town to intervene.

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PARKS TAU SAYS THE ANC MUST CONFRONT THE ABUSES OF STATE AGENCIES.

Wayne Boonzaaier
29 August 2016

Former Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says the African National Congress must confront the abuses of state agencies. 

Tau appeared to throw his weight behind Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan who failed to report to the Hawks last week for a warning statement. 

Gordhan and three other former South African Revenue Services officials have been identified as suspects in an investigation into a controversial unit. 

Tau says the ANC must be bold enough to confront the wrongs happening within the organisation and in government.

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School racism investigation at Pretoria Girls High

Wayne Boonzaaier
29 August 2016

Education authorities are set to visit Pretoria High School for Girls, after racism allegations surfaced against the institution. 

Pupils claim they have been subjected to intense racism over a long period of time. They say their blackness has been discouraged. 

The pupils allege that rules are in place to discourage hairstyles such as afros, bantu knots, dreadlocks and braids. 

One girl was allegedly barred from writing her exam because her hair was somewhat “spiky” and “unkempt”. 

Apart from their hair, the pupils claim they are banned from speaking their mother tongue. They claim one teacher allegedly called the pupils 'monkeys' while they were singing and chanting in class.

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Parliament oversight committees to visit Limpopo to assess service delivery

Wayne Boonzaaier
29 August 2016


The select committees on education and recreation and social services were expected to conduct a joint oversight visit in Limpopo to assess service delivery in the area, Parliament said yesterday. 

Parliamentary communications service's Malatswa Molepo said the select committee on education and recreation was expected to focus primarily on Vuwani, where several schools were torched during a separation dispute recently. 

The select committee on social services was expected to assess the provision of quality healthcare through the roll-out of the National Health Insurance pilot project, the provision of quality water and housing, as well as visiting border management of the Beitbridge Port of Entry, said Molepo. 

The committees were expected to start their visit at the Beitbridge border post.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Parks Tau honours ANC councillor who died at city council meeting

Leonie Pretorius

28 August 2016

Former Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau has paid tribute to the Johannesburg African National Congress councillor who collapsed during a meeting to vote for the new leadership of the city last week.

Tau was speaking at the funeral of Nonhlanhla Mthembu saying she was a gallant activist who contributed in making apartheid ungovernable.

The life of Mthembu who's fondly remembered as Black Diamond and Stompie is being celebrated by family, friends and comrades.

Tau, who's is still referred as mayor by his comrades, says Mthembu was committed to the ruling party.

According to the ANC, she recently celebrated her 50th birthday and was a long standing member of the party, having served as a Johannesburg councillor since 2011.

She had just been re-elected to serve another five years when she died.


Details on the exact cause of death haven’t been released.

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Eskom says electricity safety is everyone’s business

Leonie Pretorius

28 August 2016

Eskom today repeated its call on South Africans to ensure they use electricity safely.

Eskom yesterday, embarked on a week-long countrywide campaign to educate South Africans about using electricity safely and responsibly.

The aim of the annual Eskom National Electricity Safety Week is to make communities aware of the basics of safe electricity usage and the risks associated with electricity theft, meter tampering, bypassing, and illegal connections.


The parastatal in a statement said they want people to know how to identify the dangers and what to do if or when they spot them.

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Western Cape health authorities manage to contain swine flu outbreak

Leonie Pretorius

28 August 2016

Health authorities in the Western Cape have managed to contain a swine flu outbreak in George and doctors say there's no need for panic.

At least 22 people have been treated for the H1N1 strain in the Southern Cape Town.

Clinical manager at Walk in Doctors in Heatherlands, Dr Marcelle Herbst, says there is no epidemic coming through the country at the moment or through the Garden Route area.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Dozens protest against eviction in Woodstock

Leonie Pretorius

27 August 2016

Dozens of people are protesting outside the old Biscuit Mill Shopping Centre this afternoon against the eviction of 28 families from Woodstock.

The families who live in Bromwell Street have been joined by civil society group "reclaim the city" and other activists in a demonstration against the proposed development of the area.

The families have more than a week left to remain in their homes according to an eviction notice from private property developers who have bought the properties.


Dozens of locals have joined the families in their protest to the Old Biscuit Mill, a high-end retail development that has already invested in the area.

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Toddler dies after pit bull attack

Leonie Pretorius

27 August 2016

A one-year-old girl has died after a pit bull attacked her in Hermanus.

Police say the family dog, a power breed, attacked the child and her grandmother for no apparent reason yesterday.

The girl suffered severe bite marks on her head and body.

Her grandmother is recovering in hospital.

The police’s Frederick Van Wyk says, The pit bull, was taken to Hermanus animal welfare and put down.

The grandmother was transferred to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.


He says they’ve  opened an inquest docket for further investigation.

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NPA considers options in Pistorius case

Leonie Pretorius

27 August 2016

The National Prosecuting Authority says it is considering its options after Judge Thokozile Masipa dismissed its application for leave to appeal the six-year sentence of Oscar Pistorius.

Masipa, who handed down her ruling in the High Court in Johannesburg yesterday, said the State's petition had no reasonable prospects of success.

Masipa had sentenced the Paralympic gold medallist in July for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013.

However, the prosecution had said the decision was shockingly lenient and disproportionate to the crime committed.


The State now has the option to petition the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

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Gauteng policeman arrested for armed robbery, kidnapping

Leonie Pretorius

27 August 2016

Gauteng police today said that a 33-year-old South African Police Service detective from Kempton Park police station has been arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery.

It is alleged that on Monday, a Senegalese national arrived at OR Tambo International Airport from Pretoria  Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said.

He was on his way to Hong Kong to buy stock for his shop.

While the victim was on his way to the check-in point, he was intercepted by two African men.

One of the men identified himself as a police officer stationed at crime intelligence in Kempton Park,said Mohlala.

The police officer apparently informed the man that he suspected he was carrying drugs and wanted to search him at the police station in Kempton Park.

It is alleged that they then went to a car parked outside the airport. 

The arrested police officer is expected to appear in court on Monday.


An investigation was still underway to locate the other suspects.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

WC Health Department says there's no reason to panic following reports of an outbreak of swine flu.

Wayne Boonzaaier
26 August 2016

The Western Cape Health Department says there's no reason to panic following reports of an outbreak of swine flu in the Southern Cape.

More than 20 people are being treated for H1-N1 flu in George.


Doctors say they have so far treated mostly children under the age of two and people with a weakened immune system. Provincial Health Department Spokesperson, Mark van der Heever, says the H1-N1 strain should not be confused with the more serious AH1-N1 form of swine flu.

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ANC DENIES INVOLVEMENT IN ALLEGED PRASA BRIBES

Wayne Boonzaaier
26 August 2016

The African National Congress has rejected allegations that the governing party was implicated in the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa “bribes”.

According to reports chairperson Popo Molefe has filed court papers claiming the ANC benefited from Prasa’s controversial locomotives deal.

Molefe alleges under oath that the supplier of Prasa’s controversial Afro 4,000 locomotives paid R80 million to entities who were not "creditors”of the company after an Angolan businesswoman had insisted that 10 percent of the tender’s value be paid to the governing party. 

The ANC has dismissed the claims.

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Western Cape accused of failing to implement police report

Wayne Boonzaaier
26 August 2016

The Social Justice Coalition and Equal Education have accused the Western Cape government of failing to implement the recommendations of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into police inefficiency in the area. 

A march has been organised in the Cape Town CBD for Thursday to deliver a memorandum of grievances at the Office of Premier Helen Zille. The final report was released in August two years ago. 

It listed several interventions to improve policing in the area, but the SJC says these have not yet been implemented. 

SJC General Secretary Phumeza Mlungwana says that Thursday's march intends to highlight recommendation 12 of the report.

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Lack of service deliveries still a common problem in SA

Nontando Mafanya
25 August 2016

The Economic Freedom Fighters female members today will be leading pickets outside at least 40 police stations in Gauteng to highlight a lack of service delivery and failure to protect black communities.

The party says today’s demonstration will also highlight the difficulties women face when reporting sexual violence and other crimes at police stations. 

The EFF’s Mandisa Mashego says he think some of the issues that women complain about are commonly known.

Victims of sexual violence, domestic violence and just violence in general in our society.


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States Proposal to appeal Oscar Pistorius sentence has been dismissed

Nontando Mafanya
26 August 2016

Judge Thokozile Masipa has dismissed the State's application for leave to appeal the sentence handed down to former Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius with costs.

The State earlier today argued that an appeal court may impose a harsher sentence on Oscar Pistorius, saying that Judge Masipa may have misdirected herself.

 Addressing the matter, Judge Masipa said that she is not persuaded that another court will come to different decision.

The former athlete was initially convicted of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013 and sentenced to five years in prison but the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled he should be convicted of murder and be re-sentenced.


Last month, Masipa sentenced Pistorius to six years in jail which the State believes is soft.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

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Panayiotou and his co-accused to appear in the Port Elizabeth High Court for a pre-trial hearing.

Somila Nkosana
25 August 2016


Murder suspect Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke and Sinethemba Nenembe, are expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth High Court for a pre-trial hearing.

Panayiotou is said to be the alleged mastermind behind his wife Jayde's killing last year in April. He has since had his bail application dismissed twice.

Last month a fourth suspect, Zolani Sibeko, was also arrested in connection with the murder. Last month Zolani Sibeko was formally charged for conspiracy to commit murder, murder and abduction after police said they had linked him to the co-accused.

Police claim that through their investigations including cell phone plotting, they placed Sibeko with Vumazonke and Nenembe on the day that they allegedly scouted Jayde's route to her school. Panayiotou has been incarcerated for more than a year.

Panayiotou is expected to sit in the docks with his co-accused in a pre-trail hearing. The official trial date has been set for October 3.

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Mother and son, 2, burn to death in their home in Milnerton

Somila Nkosana
25 August 2016

A mother and her 2-year-old son burnt to death in an early morning shack fire in Joe Slovo Park, Milnerton, on Wednesday, the City of Cape Town's fire services said.

Spokesperson Liezl Moodie said firefighters responded to the scene at 01:00, where they found the lone iron and wood structure in flames.

No other shacks were affected.

The woman and the little boy were found dead in their home.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and police are investigating.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

58 police officers arrested countrywide

Natasha Mabutho
24 August 2016


The Hawks have arrested 58 police officers countrywide for corruption over the past five months.

Briefing the police portfolio committee in Parliament yesterday, the unit's national head Berning Ntlemeza revealed 37 of those arrests were made in Gauteng.

Ntlemeza says since April, the Hawks' anti-corruption unit apprehended their some of own.

Of the four arrests, two are from the national office’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), while the others are from KwaZulu-Natal and the North West DPCI.

The DPCI is cleaning up within itself.

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Police shot armed robber in the leg in Site C,CPT

Nontando Mafanya
24 August 2016

An armed robber was shot in the leg while his accomplices escaped after a shootout during a heist at an Mfuleni shop on Tuesday.

Captain FC Van Wyk said A taxi driver told a police patrol about a robbery happening nearby at 11:30.

As the police moved in that direction, shots were fired at them by men who were pretending to be bystanders near the spaza shop.

Police members returned fire and one man, who was inside the shop with the owners, robbing them at gunpoint, was shot in the leg and arrested.

Three men escaped, leaving behind their getaway vehicles, a rented Hyundai and a white Ford bakkie, which were parked behind the shop.

The injured man, a 25-year-old from Site C in Khayelitsha, would appear in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court soon on a charge of business robbery.

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Police arrested 36 year old man with abalone worth R2m

Nontando Mafanya
24 August 2016


A tip-off led police to an abalone haul worth R2 million in Mitchell's Plain.

Captain FC van Wyk said that the bust was made on Monday night, after the local crime prevention unit got information about illicit activities at a house in Chelsea Street, Rondevlei Park.

He said Police found the abalone during a search of the property.

Police confiscated the abalone and arrested a 36-year-old man, residing in Belhar, for the illegal possession of abalone.

The suspect is due to appear in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate's Court soon.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sotheby's boss to be moved to Stellenbosch for court appearance

Leonie Pretorius

23 August 2016

Police say Sotheby’s International Realty CEO Jason Rohde, who’s been arrested in connection with his wife's murder, will appear in the Stellenbosch Magistrates Court within the next 48 hours.

Rohde was arrested at his Bryanston home in Johannesburg this morning.

Susan Rohde was found dead in a room at Spier, an exclusive wine estate and hotel in Stellenbosch, late last month.

The police’s Frederick van Wyk says, They can confirm that a 47-year-old suspect has been arrested earlier today in Johannesburg for the murder of Susan Rohde.

Her body was found on 24 July at a hotel near Lynedoch.

The suspect is due to appear in the Stellenbosch Magistrates Court on a charge of murder.

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CEO of Sotheby International Realty will be charged for his wife murder

Nontando Mafanya
23 August 2016


The husband of Susan Rohde, whose body was found in a bathroom of an upmarket Stellenbosch hotel, has reportedly been arrested in connection with her murder.

Western Cape police confirmed to reporters that a 47-year-old man had been arrested in Johannesburg this morning.

Jason Rohde is the chief executive officer of Sotheby International Realty.

He was expected to appear on a charge of murder in the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court soon, said Captain FC van Wyk.

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Teenage boy died after being electrocuted in Philippi

Nontando Mafanya
23 August 2016

An investigation has been launched after a teenage boy was electrocuted in Philippi.

It's believed the 17-year-old was trying to install an illegal power connection at the Jim se Bos informal settlement yesterday.

A friend who was with the teen said he had climbed onto a pole-mounted transformer and was shocked while trying to switch on the electricity supply.

He died on the scene.

The City of Cape Town says about three years ago, a 12-year-old boy was also electrocuted in the same area after apparently falling on an illegal power connection.

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Child hanged and 2 family members shot in brutal KZN murder

Natasha Mabuto
23 August 2016

KwaZulu-Natal police on Monday appealed to the public for information about the murder of a mother and her two children.

Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said that police were called to the Mzungu area in Ndwedwe on Friday night.

They found the bodies of Thandokwakhe Bhengu, 35, and her two children Lindelani, 16, and Lungisani, 8.

The mother and teenager had been shot dead and Lungisani was hanging from a pole.

The motive for the triple murder had not been established yet.

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Economists warn that the fuel price hike will likely be at the end of the year

Nontando Mafanya
23 August 2016

Motorists can look forward to a second consecutive fuel price cut next month.

However Economist Dawie Roodt says fuel prices will likely start rising again closer to the end of the year.

The cost of petrol came down by 99 cents this month and another drop.

Over the medium term, because of an expected rise in the price of international oil and an expected weaker currency, further falls should not be expected in the coming months.

We can surely expect a petrol increase by the end of this year again.

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Issues of the SABC, election violence and public protector will be discussed at Parliament this week

Natasha Mabuto
23 August 2016

Today, the Hawks will brief the police portfolio committee on some of their high-profile cases, including the arrest of terrorism suspects in Gauteng and individuals linked to rhino horn poaching.

Violent protests,the selection of the new public protector and pre-election killings will be the focus in Parliament this week.

A number of councillor candidates were killed in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

Tomorrow, the committee will question the SA Police Service on their handling of violent pre-election protests in areas such as Tshwane and Vuwani, and murders committed during the period.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

KZN sex-tape teacher victim attempts suicide

Wayne Boonzaaier
22 August 2016


One of the alleged victims of a Nquthu teacher who allegedly filmed himself having sex with students is in a stable condition after reportedly attempting to take her own life over the weekend.

The teacher was exposed after graphic footage was reported to the department of education last week. He was immediately suspended and has not reported for work since then.

Department of Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said that they had received a report over the weekend that one of the victims who appear in the sex videos had tried to commit suicide.

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Reports of no fees hike for 2017 denied

Leonie Pretorius

22 August 2016

Cabinet has denied reports that President Jacob Zuma has instructed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, as well as his Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to find money as to not hike next year's tuition fees at tertiary institutions.

Over a week ago, the National Treasury told theFees Commission of Inquiry , looking into the feasibility of free tertiary education, that such a decision was not budgeted for.

Briefing the media in Pretoria, the Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, reiterated government's position that a decision on whether there would be an increase in tuition fees, would only be made after consultations with stakeholders.

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Pregnant woman dies week after being run over at car wash

Leonie Pretorius

22 August 2016

The heavily pregnant woman who was run over at a car wash in Pretoria has died.

Belinda Louw was in the waiting area of the car wash of a Sasol filling station in Gezina on August 13 when an employee lost control of a vehicle he was not authorised to drive and drove over her.

Louw was 38 weeks pregnant and her son, who was going to be called Ryan, would have been born by Caesarean section last Friday.

He did not survive the accident. She died in the Muelmed Hospital in Pretoria Sunday night, Rekord Moot reported.

Louw broke her wrist, six ribs and her pelvis, suffered lacerations to her pancreas and hurt her lungs and kidneys.

The employee was trying to drive a Toyota Fortuner from the washing area to vacuuming area.

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About 13 000 customers affected by Telkom strike

Leonie Pretorius

22 August 2016

Telkom spokesperson Jacqui O'Sullivan says about 13 000 customers had been hit by outages caused by sabotage.

This has happened as the Communication Workers Union strike against Telkom moves into its fourth week.

O'Sullivan says while about 870 CWU members were on strike on Friday, their behaviour has now had a significant impact on many residential and business customers.

She says the No Work No Pay policy will be implemented.

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More arrests pending in connection with DA Councillor's murder

Nontando Mafanya
22 August 2016

The Hawks say more arrests are pending in connection with the murder of Democratic Alliance councillor Hannes Baatjies.

A suspect was arrested on Friday and is expected to appear in the Post-mas-burg Magistrate’s Court today.

Baatjies was reportedly tempted to what he believed was a business meeting last week, where he was then shot and killed.

Baatjies, 49, was found dead near his car in Groenwater in the Northern Cape, just hours before he was due to be confirmed in as a DA councillor.

A 29-year-old suspect who was arrested on Friday, and faces murder and attempted murder charges.

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SANCO expressed sadness over the death of 11 solders

Natasha Mabuto
22 August 2016


The South African National Civic Organisation has expressed sadness at the death of 11 soldiers who died on the R712 near Golden Gate in the Free State.


Spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu said in a statement that the death of the soldiers “put a damper on Women’s month”.


He says that are saddened by the tragic loss of the lives of their warriors, protectors of their freedom, and democracy.


Mahlangu called on road traffic law enforcement authorities to increase visibility in order to reduce the carnage on public roads.


Accident reconstruction experts were sent by the Road Traffic Management Corporation to investigate the bus crash.

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Alleged Killer will appear in George Magistrate court

Nontando Mafanya
22 August 2016

A mother accused of killing her son is expected to apply for bail in the George Magistrates Court today.

The woman allegedly stabbed her 29-year-old son during an altercation last weekend at their home in Pacaltsdorp.

The woman has been in police custody since her arrest last Saturday. Police say she reportedly got into a fight with her son after he tried to steal items from her house.

The man was an alleged drug addict .His mother was arrested for his murder soon after his death.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz has condemned the murder, calling on families to seek help where drug abuse is a problem.

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