Struggle icon Winnie Mandela dies

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passed away at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Monday, April 2 after a long illness.
Victor Dlamini, a spokesperson for the Mandela family confirmed in a media statement.
Born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape in 1936‚ Madikizela-Mandela moved to Johannesburg to study social work after matriculating.
In 1957, she met lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela and they married a year later and had two children together.
The marriage was short-lived‚ as he was arrested in 1963 and sentenced to life imprisonment for treason. Mandela was eventually released in 1990.
During Mandela’s time in prison‚ Madikizela-Mandela was not spared from the brutality of apartheid forces. She was placed under house arrest and at one time banished, along with her infant daughter Zindzi, to Brandfort, a town in the Free State. In 1969‚ Madikizela-Mandela became one of the first detainees under Section 6 of the Terrorism Act of 1967. She was detained for 18 months in solitary confinement in a condemned cell at Pretoria Central Prison before being charged under the Suppression of Communism Act of 1950.
The picture of her hand-in-hand with Mandela as he walked free from prison after 27 years, became one of the most recognisable symbols of the anti-apartheid struggle.
The Mandela family says it will release details of the memorial and funeral services once these have been finalised.
This story will be updated as more details emerge.


Duo arrested with drugs worth over R8.9 million

Upon searching the vehicle, 20 bags containing packets of 1000 Mandrax tablets, worth over R8.9, million were seized.

Two men have been arrested in Cape Town for being in possession of drugs worth almost R9 million, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) in the Western Cape said on Saturday.

The Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (Saneb), together with crime intelligence and the flying squad, acted on information received and intercepted a bakkie reportedly transporting drugs on Friday night, Captain Philani Nkwalase said.

The bakkie was spotted and stopped on Owen Road in Elsies River. Upon searching the vehicle, 20 bags containing packets of 1000 Mandrax tablets, worth over R8.9, million were seized.

Two suspects, aged 32 and 42, were arrested on charges of dealing and possession of drugs and would appear in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on Monday, Nkwalase said.

Notorious Turffontein buildings raided, drugs confiscated

Hunt for Ajay Gupta Heats Up As More Rewards Offered

The hunt for Ajay Gupta, who has officially been declared a fugitive from justice, is heating up, with more rewards for his arrest being offered.

Forensic consultant Paul O’Sullivan’s organisation, Forensics for Justice, on Thursday afternoon said it was offering a R100 000 reward “for any person that gives information that leads to the arrest of Ajay Gupta within the next 48 hours”.

O’Sullivan put out an additional R100 000 reward leading to the arrest of Ajay’s brothers Atul and Rajesh, also known as Tony, as well as Duduzane Zuma, with an additional R100 000 bonus if all four were arrested.

O’Sullivan’s reward expires on Saturday at 18:00.

Where are ‘fugitive’ Ajay Gupta and his brothers? In a tweet on Saturday morning, Magda Wierzycka, CEO of the Sygnia Group, said she was prepared to match O’Sullivan’s reward “rand for rand”, taking the total reward up to a million.

“I am willing to match the reward Rand for Rand. So now we have R1 million in the pool. South Africans, contribute your spy skills. We need these crooks in jail where they belong. As soon as possible,” she tweeted.

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I am willing to match the reward Rand for Rand. So now we have R1 million in the pool. South Africans, contribute your spy skills. We need these crooks in jail where they belong. As soon as possible.– Magda Wierzycka (@Magda_Wierzycka) February 17, 2018

Wierzycka went on to post additional rewards, offering R200 000 “for the first bodyguard, currently with Ajay Gupta who calls CrimeStop on 08600 10111 to advise of his location”.

This follows after Hawks spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, in an interview with Power FM, confirmed that investigators were still in negotiations with a security company “protecting” Ajay.

Wierzycka also offered a R200 000 reward for the first accused in the Vrede Dairy Farm case, who had already appeared in court, to turn state witness.

I am posting more rewards:1. R200k to 1st bodyguard, currently with Ajay Gupta, who calls CrimeStop on 08600 10111 to advise of his location.2. R200k to 1st accused in the Vrede Dairy Farm case (of the ones that appeared in court) to turn state witness. To help with legal fees.– Magda Wierzycka (@Magda_Wierzycka) February 17, 2018

Asked on twitter if she did not think her money could be put to better use, Wierzycka said, “The sooner we catch and convict them, the sooner we can recover R50bn plus. That will go much further in rebuilding SA…”

The sooner we catch and convict them the sooner we can recover R50bn plus. That will go much further in rebuilding SA than some rewards posted to get is there.– Magda Wierzycka (@Magda_Wierzycka) February 17, 2018

Meanwhile, Netwerk24 have reported that reports circulating on social media, which allege that Ajay was seen crossing the border into Lesotho, are just rumours.

O’Sullivan told Netwerk24 that since posting the reward he has been inundated with calls saying Ajay was here, there and everywhere.

He said Forensics for Justice had a team of six people working around the clock, dedicated to following up on leads on Ajay’s whereabouts.

He said there was no indication that Ajay may be in Lesotho.

“I believe he is still in South Africa,” he said.

SADC to send ‘contingent force’ to troubled Lesotho

The deployment of a contingent force, which will include military and intelligence military forces, to the volatile Kingdom of Lesotho was approved by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government in Pretoria on Friday.

“Summit approved the deployment of a contingent force comprising military, security, intelligence and civilian experts to support the government of the Kingdom of Lesotho, and directed the chiefs of defence and security to assess the requirements, to determine the appropriate size of the contingent force, and to prepare the modalities for the deployment,” SADC Executive Secretary Stergomena Lawrence Tax read out the communique at the end of the Double Troika Summit in Pretoria.

She said the summit had “strongly condemned” the brutal assassination of Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, Lt-General Khoantle Motsomotso which happened earlier this month, prompting the SADC meeting to contain the degeneration situation in Maseru.

“The Right Honourable Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho was also invited. The Double Troika Summit was also attended by SADC Facilitator to Lesotho, Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa,” said Tax.

In a question and answer session, South Africa’s Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula insisted that the SADC intervention approved on Friday was different from a military deployment.

“We need to understand what the deployment is going to be … for now it’s going to be support for the oversight committee. It is a contingency force. We are politicians, we want chiefs of defence to assess the situation and advise us. This is a directive to the chiefs of defence, the region will come together and discuss this matter again. We don’t need to cause unnecessary panic with everybody saying they have already committed to deploy [soldiers], some going to parliament to say this and that. The issue is that a directive has been issued and we will then be directed by the chiefs of staff,” she said.

Earlier, South African President Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as chairperson of the SADC appealed to the authorities and the populace of the Kingdom of Lesotho to collectively work tirelessly to bring peace and stability to the mountain kingdom which has been on the regional bloc’s agenda for a considerable period.

“As SADC, we cannot and shall not be in Lesotho forever. We desire to have Lesotho off the SADC agenda soonest,” Zuma addressed a Double Troika of Heads of State and Government.

“It is unfortunate and regrettable that as we gather here this afternoon that the Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, Lt-General Motsomotso, who was with us here in this very building three weeks ago during the SADC Summit, tragically lost his life in a senseless killing.”

Zuma said the assassination of Motsomotso typifies a dangerous pattern of targeted killings in the geographically small African nation.

Motsomotso was killed earlier this month, while two senior officers who were allegedly responsible for the murder, were also killed in a shoot-out at a barracks in Lesotho’s capital Maseru.

Eyewitnesses said the officers burst into the army chief’s office and shot him, before being killed by guards.

Zodwa Wabantu banned from Zimbabwe

Panties or not, it seems popular dancer Zodwa Wabantu will not be performing in Zimbabwe.

On Tuesday, the Zimbabwean acting minister of Tourism and Hospitality Patrick Zhuwao ruled that the Durbanite, famous for her sultry moves and revealing clothes, will not be allowed to perform at the Harare International Carnival.

This happened after actress Anne Nhira complained to the tourism board that Wabantu should not be invited because she was not a Zimbabwean, she dressed scantily and she was a lesbian.

In a letter to Nhira, Zhuwao stated: “The government position is that the artist concerned, Zodwa Wabantu, may not participate at the Harare International Carnival. In this regard, relevant authorities have been notified.”

Speaking to The Star yesterday, Nhira said: “This is an international event to promote the image of Zimbabwe. She is not Zimbabwean, and if we want dancers to perform at the event, there are local dancers who can do it.

“We don’t want a person who will tarnish our image as a country. She does her entertainment half-naked and she has publicly acknowledged that she is a lesbian.”

Dancers from Cuba and Brazil have been invited to perform at the week-long carnival, which starts on September 6. Other local acts that have been invited include Babes Wodumo, Busiswa and Uhuru.

Zodwa Wabantu at the Durban July earlier this year. Picture: Supplied

There were reports that Wabantu, whose real name is Zodwa Libram, is lesbian but she has dismissed them.

Same-sex relations are illegal in Zimbabwe, where gays and lesbians feel persecuted and their rights are undermined.

The Zimbabwean government does not approve of them.

Yesterday, Wabantu said she was unaware that she was not welcome in Zimbabwe anymore. “They contacted me today to organise the plane ticket bookings. I know nothing about this.”

She said she would confirm with the tourism authority today and give them a piece of her mind.

“I have performed in the country before, so what is the problem now?”

Mugabe’s son ‘removed from Dubai under controversial circumstances’… now lives in SA

Both of President Robert Mugabe’s sons are living in South Africa, according to a privately owned Zimbabwean newspaper.
The Zimbabwe Independent said on Friday Robert Mugabe jr who had been living in his parents’ rented mansion in Dubai, and the youngest son, Bellarmine, 20, had moved to Joburg.
The Mugabe family and the Zimbabwean government have not confirmed this information, nor where their sons are studying, if they are studying.
Both young men failed to pass their school-leaving examinations in Harare as Robert jr, a top-class basketball player, did not succeed in his final A-level examinations at expensive private school St John’s College in Harare. He was believed to be studying in Dubai and it is not clear why he left the United Arab Emirates.

When he was 16, Bellarmine was expelled from St George’s, the prestigious Catholic boys’ school he attended in Harare. He allegedly finished his schooling at home.
Mugabe’s eldest child, Bona is now married with a baby. She qualified as an accountant at a college in Hong Kong but has never worked and lives in her father’s former home in Harare.

First lady Grace Mugabe’s oldest son, Russell Goreraza, 33, divorced with one child, lives in Harare and was involved in an allegedly troubled gold-mining venture and was found guilty two years ago of culpable homicide when he was speeding in Harare in his luxury car and killed a pedestrian.

He and Bona Mugabe’s husband, Simba Chikore, a one-time pilot who now heads bankrupt Air Zimbabwe, recently took over several houses in Harare on behalf of Grace, who claims in court she is trying to recover about R20 million from a Dubai diamond dealer.

The properties belong to Jamal Ahmed and according to what he told the Harare High Court, Goreraza and Chikore took possession of his homes and other buildings he claims he owns in Harare.
Ahmed’s employees claimed they were evicted from one of his properties by the pair.
 The police have since told the high court that they seized the homes as they are investigating Ahmed.
Ahmed says he sold Grace Mugabe a diamond last year and had it cut and set. 
He says she paid for the stone from her Harare bank account but refused to accept delivery of it and demanded the money be paid back to her account in Dubai. Chikore, according to the Zimbabwe Independent, is now taking over some of his father-in-law’s security, in addition to control of Air Zimbabwe.

This week police and soldiers continued to evict scores of people from mud-and-grass homes built on land near Harare, which Grace Mugabe claimed from a Zimbabwe company. The evictions continued even after the high court ordered them to stop last month.

Grace recently spent about R60m on a large piece of land in a top Harare suburb.
The Mugabes have taken over about 15 formerly white-owned or company-owned farms in Zimbabwe and are the largest private landowners in the country. The president bought his first farm in 2000.

Wheels are now coming off for Zuma, say analysts

The president has been described as a python who has tried to swallow an elephant.

President Jacob Zuma is like “a python that has swallowed more than it can digest”, according to political analyst Elvis Masoga.

He was responding to the increased calls for Zuma to step down that were made, among other places, at the memorial service of fallen ANC stalwart Ahmed Kathrada, where recently axed finance minister Pravin Gordhan said he “unashamedly” encouraged mass mobilisation.

“It has been said I am encouraging mass mobilisation,” Gordhan said.

“Yes, I am unashamedly encouraging mass mobilisation. We are encouraging mass mobilisation to ensure that people shall govern.”

Masoga told The Citizen yesterday said Zuma was suffocating to death from swallowing this huge elephant.

“He has been swallowing impalas and rats for some time now, but his time is up now. Zuma’s survival skills and theatrics are now coming to an end … the wheels have come off,” Masoga said.

He described Gordhan’s call for mass mobilisation as coming from a true patriot.

“Every person who loves his or her country will do that to save us from this mafia. Everyone in the country must rise up against these thieves. There are different ways to remove Zuma and one could well be the ANC calling a special national executive committee meeting to map the way forward after a cadre shamelessly disregarded the ruling party.”

Another analyst, Professor Andre Duvenhage, said it was crystal clear that there was a total rebellion against Zuma in the country, including from within the ANC.

“We are likely to witness a very big battle over the next few weeks and there is a strong possibility that the ANC might want to remove the president. That could happen if the ANC calls an emergency meeting or in parliament, where several opposition parties have also been calling for a motion of no confidence in the president.

“Zuma, on the other hand, is also prepared for a fight and he will counter with the ANC Youth League and the Women’s League, who have already made it clear that they support the recent Cabinet reshuffle,” said Duvenhage.

He said Zuma would be “lucky” if he survived to the end of 2017, stressing the president found himself under immense pressure from all corners of the country.

“We must also remember that there are still pending court cases against him and chief among them is the ‘spy tapes’. Also, the EFF has been to the Constitutional Court asking for action to be taken regarding the Nkandla matter.”

Cannabis can now be grown, smoked at home, court rules

The court ruled that current legislation did not pass Constitutional Court muster, and that parliament had two years to rectify the laws.

Dagga smokers can breathe a sigh of relief and inhale a puff of ganga – after the high court in the Western Cape declared it legal to grow and smoke dagga in their own homes.

The court ruled that current legislation did not pass Constitutional Court muster, and that parliament had two years to rectify the laws. This means from Saturday no-one smoking or growing weed in their homes can be arrested or face prosecution.

Jeremy Acton from the Dagga Party said since 2011 he had been fighting for his rights. He has been arrested five times over dagga-related charges.

“Obviously this judgment is only the first opening of a door, but we have two years to determine how the new law will really look. Needless to say, it [dagga] will have to be de-scheduled in the illicit drugs act and the Medicines and Related Substances Act.”

Acton isn’t overly concerned about any fallout from the ruling from a full bench, including Judge Dennis Davis.

“Anything can be abused, but fortunately cannabis abuse does not result in death by overdose. All moderate recreational use is medically beneficial as preventive medicine against onset of ailments relating to ageing,” he said.

“Getting off cannabis does not entail major withdrawals, and only needs a personal decision to stop. Cannabis use is part of a healthy sovereign lifestyle, so I am not really concerned with addiction issues or harms arising from recreational use. We are all using it already anyway,” Acton said.

Parliament, which now has a deadline to amend legislation, said it acknowledged the ruling to change sections of the Drug Trafficking Act and the Medicines Control Act. Spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said parliament was in the process of obtaining the judgment to study it.

“If the two laws mentioned have been found to be unconstitutional, then the Constitutional Court would have to confirm the judgment before parliament can act,” he said, adding that the state was also in a position to appeal the ruling.

Once litigation was finalised, the Constitutional Court could instruct parliament to rectify defects in the laws.

This included dealing with defects in terms of the Medical Innovation Bill, currently before parliament and first introduced by the late MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini as a Private Member’s Bill.

Oriani-Ambrosini died of cancer more than three years ago and was a strong proponent of marijuana as an alternative medicine to treat the disease. Acton said he was sureOriani-Ambrosini would be pleased to see the changes.

The changes do not bode well for big pharmaceutical companies.

“With respect, the Medical Innovation Bill (MIB) was hijacked for the interests of Big Pharma, and the entire dagga legalisation movement opposes the MIB,” Mothapo said. This judgment destroys the Medical Control Council guidelines recently published for the MIB, and puts the medicine securely into the hands of the people, he said.

South Africa leaders divided after President Zuma sacks Gordhan

South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as “totally unacceptable”.

His late night dismissal on Thursday led to a 5% plunge in the value of the currency, the rand.

Mr Gordhan was seen as a bulwark against corruption in an administration that is facing growing criticism.

He was one of several victims as President Jacob Zuma conducted a major overhaul of his cabinet.

Mr Zuma said the midnight reshuffle was about a “radical socio-economic transformation”.

Mr Ramaphosa told public broadcaster SABC that he would not resign in response to the sacking but continue to “serve the people”.

Why has this caused such a fuss?

Pravin Gordhan was seen by many as a safe pair of hands when it came to managing the economy.

He was keen to keep a tight rein on spending and resisted calls from the president to increase government expenditure.

This was Mr Gordhan’s second stint as finance minister after first serving from 2009 to 2014.

He was reappointed in 2015 to replace little-known David van Rooyen. Mr Van Rooyen’s selection was controversial and he was in place for less than a week.

Why was he sacked?

It is unclear why Mr Gordhan was sacked but local media are pointing to an alleged intelligence report which accuses him of working with foreigners to undermine Mr Zuma’s administration.

In a spirited farewell press conference at the treasury’s office in Pretoria, Mr Gordhan defended his economic record, and dismissed speculation that he had recently held meetings in London aimed at undermining the president.

Referral to his dismissal and that of his deputy Mcebisi Jonas he said: “Our souls are not for sale.”

Mr Gordhan and Mr Zuma did not see eye to eye on government spending, the BBC’s Milton Nkosi reports, and that led to a rift between them. Ultimately, though, this is being seen as a political issue with the president rewarding loyalists.

Earlier this week, the president recalled his finance minister from planned events in the UK.

Last October, Mr Gordhan was charged with fraud, but the charges were later dropped.

He has described the allegations as politically motivated.

What is being said about the sacking?

Comments by the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa that Mr Gordhan’s sacking was “totally unacceptable” captures the overwhelming sentiment of some top leaders in the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said Mr Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas had integrity and were incorruptible.

The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, has said the cabinet sackings “constitute an assault on the poor of South Africa”.

ANC Youth League leader Collen Maine has however praised the cabinet changes calling the new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba “experienced and intelligent”.

What impact could this have?

The rand is experiencing a setback just when it had started to recover from the political uncertainty and international volatility that plagued it in the past year.

The bond markets, this is where government debt is sold and the values are directly linked to the prospects of the economy have also reacted negatively.

For foreign investors that is a boon, but for South African taxpayers subsidising the state it does not represent value for money.

Ultimately ordinary people will feel the pressure of these political moves, a weaker currency means the cost of basic imports such as fuel and some foods will go up.

A country whose reputation is dented, may ultimately lose face with international ratings agencies and finally be downgraded to “junk status” when the economic assessments are done again in June.

What other changes have been made?

Apart from the nine ministers who have been affected by the changes Mr Zuma also appointed 10 deputy ministers.

Sfiso Buthelezi will become Deputy Finance Minister, replacing Mcebisi Jonas.

“I have directed the new ministers and deputy ministers to work tirelessly with their colleagues… to ensure that the promise of a better life for the poor and the working class becomes a reality,” President Zuma’s said in a statement.


PROPHET Light Monyeki of Grace Living Hope Ministries from Soshanguve, Pretoria held a conference over the past weekend.On Sunday the prophet mixed deadly poison Rattex,in water and gave some members of the congregation to drink.

This was to demonstrate power by faith as said on the Grace Living Hope Ministries FACEBOOK PAGE.

The caption said, ” The man of God, Prophet Light Monyeki demonstrates power of faith by causing congregants to drink Rattax; deadly poison to show forth their faith. As he was doing that he said “we do not need to proclaim faith because we are believers. If nyope boys can smoke Rattax for more than 8years, who are we? Death has no power over us”. Then he declared life from above upon the water mixed with Rattax; and spoke nourishment unto bodies and healing unto the sick. A multitude of congregants voluntarily ran to the front to have a drink of the deadly poison. After declaring nourishment and healing, Prophet Light was the first one to drink.”.

Prison boss makes appeal to reduce overcrowding in jails

Johannesburg – Correctional Services National Commissioner Zach Modise on Wednesday appealed to government security agencies to reduce overcrowding in the country’s correctional facilities.
The Western Cape High Court ruled in December that the number of inmates at Pollsmoor’s remand detention facility be reduced to 150% of its capacity within the next six months.

At its worst, Pollsmoor was 247% above its accommodation capacity, the acting regional commissioner for correctional services, Freddie Engelbrecht said at the time.

However, the ruling left many prisoners unhappy. Engelbrecht said what upset prisoners was that, in some cases, they were being taken further away from their families. Often relatives could not afford the increased travel costs.

Modise said overcrowding was not a correctional services predicament alone.

Monthly progress reports

“It is a well-known fact that overcrowding of correctional centres indicates a larger systemic ill in society, which is that of crime itself. Therefore, crime prevention, in co-operation with communities, remains a priority.”

He said the Justice, Crime Prevention, and Security Cluster (JCPS) had agreed on the need for national, provincial and local governments to find lasting solutions to prison overcrowding.
It was agreed at a meeting of the national JCPS directors general on Friday, that the Western Cape JCPS cluster had to come up with a plan to address the problem. Monthly progress reports had to be submitted to the high court.
Modise said he was confident a solution would be found.

The JCPS cluster partners include police, the Hawks, State Security Agency, Special Investigating Unit, National Prosecuting Authority, Office of the Chief Justice, and the departments of justice and constitutional development, and defence.

Modise said the intention was to have a humane, efficient, and effective correctional system that complied with national and international standards.

Immigration rules ensures security – Gigaba

Cape Town – South Africa will not heed calls for new immigration regulations to be relaxed, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Tuesday.

Introducing his department’s budget vote debate, Gigaba said the new regulations were aimed at regulating movement into and out of South Africa and ensuring national security.

“Opportunistically, South Africa is being advised to drop or relax visa requirements in a world where they are required of South Africans when travelling abroad and where security has become a matter of global concern,” said Gigaba.

“We reject with contempt any suggestion that these regulations are part of an Afrophobic agenda to keep Africans, or any nationality for that matter, out of South Africa.”

Existing visa waiver agreements would not be “unilaterally removed”.

“We value the contribution of fellow Africans from across the continent living in South Africa and that is why we have continued to support the AU and SADC initiatives to free human movement, but this cannot happen haphazardly… or to the exclusion of security,” Gigaba said.

“Risks to any country on our continent have a direct impact on our own country.

The new immigration regulations, which introduce a new visa regime for South Africa, came into effect on May 26.

The regulations draw a clear distinction between short-stay visas and long-stay permanent residence permits.

They stipulate that visa applications need to be made by applicants in person, and those wanting to change the status of their visa can no longer do so in South Africa but have to do so at missions abroad.

Foreigners who overstay after the expiry of their permits could be declared “undesirable” and barred from entering the country for a period of time.

In recent weeks, at least two families have won interim orders in the Western Cape High Court after they were separated from their spouses through the new regulations.

Brent Johnson and Cherene Delorie were separated from their foreign spouses after they were declared “undesirable”.

The court ruled the families were prejudiced and the spouses could remain in the country, subject to terms and conditions prescribed by Home Affairs.

Gigaba rejected concerns that the new visa regime would result in critical skills leaving the country.

“The new immigration regulations will make it easier to source critical skills from overseas,” he said.

“Foreign nationals possessing critical skills can now apply for and be granted a critical skills visa, even without a job, allowing them to enter the country and seek work for a period of up to 12 months.

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South Africa President Zuma to Appoint Cabinet After Taking Oath

South African President Jacob Zuma is due to appoint his cabinet today after he was sworn in for a second term to face the same challenges of his first five years: fighting graft allegations while boosting economic growth.
Zuma, 72, was inaugurated yesterday in a ceremony in the open-air Nelson Mandela amphitheater at the Union Buildings in the capital, Pretoria.

About 40 African leaders and 4,500 dignitaries attended, including former South African President Thabo Mbeki.
“This second phase will involve the implementation of radical socio-economic transformation policies and programs over the next five years,” Zuma said after his inauguration. “The structure of the economy will be transformed through industrialization, broad-based black economic empowerment and through strengthening and expanding the role of the state in the economy.”

The National Assembly, where the ruling African National Congress holds 249 of the legislature’s 400 seats, selected Zuma as president on May 21 at its first sitting after general elections on May 7.

South African Air Force helicopters and planes conducted a flyover of yesterday’s ceremony, which was screened live on state television. U.S. President Barack Obama called Zuma on May 23 to congratulate him on his re-election, the White House said in a statement on its website.
Mounting Protests

Zuma, a former ANC intelligence operative who spent a decade in prison for fighting apartheid, faced repeated personal scandals during his first term. He took the oath of office amid mounting protests among poor communities over a lack of housing and government services, a 25 percent jobless rate and an economy that’s growing at half the state’s 5.4 percent target rate.

A polygamist with four wives and more than 20 children, he fathered an extramarital child with a friend’s daughter and was accused by the nation’s ombudsman of unduly benefiting from a state-funded 215 million-rand ($21 million) home upgrade.
Zuma issued a public apology for his sexual indiscretions, while denying any involvement in graft.

The scandals didn’t undermine his control of the ANC, even as half of 3,564 adults polled by research company Ipsos in November last year rated Zuma’s performance as poor.
ANC Control

As recently as 2005, Zuma appeared headed for political obscurity when then-President Mbeki fired him after he was implicated in a graft trial.

He fought back and won control of the ANC from Mbeki in December 2007 with the backing of the nation’s labor unions. Prosecutors abandoned an eight-year bid to charge Zuma for taking 4.07 million rand in bribes just weeks before he was appointed president.

He won a second term as party leader in December 2012 and was elected unopposed as president by the National Assembly, a formality after the ANC won 62 percent support in the elections. The victory was the party’s fifth straight since it took power in 1994 under Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at the age of 95.

While the government declined to disclose the cost of yesterday’s ceremony, the main opposition Democratic Alliance said it was likely cost about 120 million rand and the expense is “unconscionable” given that joblessness and poverty is rampant.

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Downs crowned PSL champs

Alje Schut scored deep into injury time as Mamelodi Sundowns celebrated winning the Premiership title with a 1-1 draw in their final match of the season against Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday afternoon.

Heinrich Isaacks had given the hosts the lead after 34 minutes and they looked to be headed for a surprise win until Dutch defender Schut rose highest to head in a corner at the death.

The result was irrelevant, though, for the Brazilians as they had already wrapped up the title in midweek, but the late goal gave their fans something further to cheer about on a chilly afternoon in KwaZulu-Natal.

Pitso Mosimane’s men began with a predictable swagger, but United held their own, as they have been doing since coach Steve Komphela arrived in January.

They had the first meaningful openings as Isaacks headed straight at debutant goalkeeper Thela Ngobeni, who did well to hold on to a crisp Thamsanqa Mkhize effort from 20 metres out not long after.

At the other end, Hlompho Kekana shot agonisingly wide from outside the box as the home defence backed away.

The Pretoria side had their best chance midway through the half when some slick passing saw Elias Pelembe slide in Anthony Laffor three metres out, but the big Liberian somehow stabbed wide.

Lebogang Mokoena then had two chances in three minutes, first drilling wide from outside the box, before forcing Virgil Vries to dive to his right and keep out another strike from similar distance.

Another chance followed for the midfielder just before the half hour when he failed to tap in from a brilliant low right-sided Laffor cross, before Maritzburg struck on the counter.

It was a delightful way to take the lead as the hosts quickly turned defence into attack, and when the ball was spread wide to Kurt Lentjies on the left, his ball into the middle was perfectly weighted into the middle where Namibian Isaacks crashed in.

The Brazilians failed to find any sort of response before the break and after the restart Bongolethu Jayiya shot centimetres over as United searched for a second.

Laffor did have a chance after 52 minutes when he broke forward, but instead of passing, he rifled in a low shot that forced Vries to punch away.

Just after the hour, Mokoena and Pelembe wasted two more great chances, the former heading over and the latter curling inches over — both either side of a penalty appeal against Ryan de Jongh for a tackle on Mzikayise Mashaba.

Referee Nasief Julius waved play on and once again did so in the 65th minute when David Booysen appeared to handle in the box, much to the frustration of the Sundowns’ players.

But, they finally had their equaliser when captain Schut powered in Pelembe’s corner to hand Sundowns a share of the spoils.

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Queen congratulates SA for Freedom Day

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has congratulated South Africa on reaching 20 years of democracy, the British high commission said on Saturday.

“On the occasion of the Republic South Africa celebrating 20 years of democracy, it gives me great pleasure to send the people of South Africa my warmest congratulations,” the Queen said in a statement.

“My family and I have enjoyed a special and significant relationship with South Africa over the years.

“The links between our two countries have deepened and matured since South Africa’s transition in 1994, and long may that continue.”

Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague also sent messages of congratulations.

On 27 April South Africa will celebrate its 20th year as a democratic country. Celebrations are expected to take place countrywide.

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Drivers to be tested like pilots

The government is toying with the idea of making hauliers and public transport drivers comply with the stringent medical requirements applied to pilots to reduce road carnage, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said yesterday.

She said such a move would play a key role in meeting a UN plan that countries halve road fatalities by 2020.

“Pilots undergo medical check-ups. We have many people who are driving our buses, trains and trucks who are not examined frequently. In the aviation sector, pilots have stringent regulations and they have a responsibility to their passengers.”

She said that, as part of the road safety campaign, her department was introducing medical checks, and public transport drivers would be required to be fit.

The minister said drivers should undergo health checks every six months.

She was speaking in Pretoria during the unveiling of an aviation medicine partnership with four universities and the SA Civil Aviation Authority.

Dr Lesego Bogatsu, manager of the authority’s aviation medicine department, said common health problems of aircrew were depression, substance abuse, bipolar mood disorders, and central nervous system and cardiovascular conditions.

The authority’s director of civil aviation, Poppy Khoza, said 260 designated aviation medical examiners were responsible for ensuring that 22000 pilots and cabin crew were fit to fly.

Khoza said that, worldwide, the human component accounted for more than 70% of aviation accidents.

She said aviation-related conditions such as hypoxia, dehydration, fatigue decompression syndrome, and spatial disorientation were responsible for a proportion of aviation tragedies.

“We still, to this day, hear frightening stories of mid-flight medical emergencies,” she said.

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Generations actor claims Zimbabwe roots – Khethiwe

SOUTH African soapie star Khethiwe, real name Winnie Modise, who was in Bulawayo over the weekend, revealed that she might be a Zimbabwean judging from the fact that one of her totems is Mgabe.

Speaking from the comfort of a stretch limousine just before her appearance at a city hotel, Khethiwe said suspected she was Zimbabwean as her totem was similar to that of President Mugabe, with hers missing the vowel ‘u’.

Khethiwe (37), said one of her great grandfathers travelled to Zimbabwe and settled here.

“When my dad explains our history, he says there was a great grandfather who travelled to Zimbabwe a long time ago. He was called Mgabe and then he decided to change to Ntshaba,” she said.

Khethiwe said she did not know much about her history, but her connection to Zimbabwe was when her grandfather travelled here many years ago.

“Besides the small history that one of my totems is Mgabe, I think I am from Zimbabwe,” said Khethiwe.

She said she liked Zimbabweans because of their loyalty, mainly judging from her friends.

“My baby’s maid is a Zimbabwean. Actually most of my friends have Zimbabweans working for them.

What we love about them is their loyalty to us,” she said.

While in Zimbabwe, she seemed to enjoy the local music as she was seen nodding her head in appreciation when urban grooves artistes Ngoni Kambarami and Trevor Dongo were performing.

Khethiwe said it was a pity that Zimbabwean music was not in the mainstream African charts.

“I love Zimbabwean music, I like the sound and it is a pity that it is not played on MTV Base and Channel O. It’s high time we as Africans unite and play each other’s music and give each other platforms for such good music,” she said.

Khethiwe noted that Zimbabweans were laid back and took their entertainment in strides.

“Zimbabweans are people who are laid back and very peaceful. Even when I went to the townships, there was a stampede, but a peaceful one. They showed me love and I was very overwhelmed,” she said.

The star said she would definitely return to Zimbabwe to see the majestic Victoria Falls.

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South Africa/Zimbabwe: Banyana Banyana, Zimbabwe Share Spoils

A never-say-die attitude by Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana saw them come from behind to draw 2-2 with rivals Zimbabwe in an entertaining friendly international at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The lunch-time kick off match saw new coach Vera Pauw’s charges overhaul a 2-0 deficit to grab a deserved draw before a boisterous crowd that cheered them throughout.

It was the hosts that started with lots of running but were somehow undone by the long balls which the Zimbabwe backline easily dealt with.

And from the first counter-attack, Zimbabwe’s Rutendo Makore got the better of Letago Madiba on a one-on-one situation. The robust Madiba had no choice but bring down Makore leaving referee Maria Kolokotoane with little choice but award a penalty which Makore dispatched with ease in the 7th minute.

Sensing Banyana Banyana had problems in dealing with long balls, Zimbabwe pumped high balls in the penalty area.

From one of those attacks, Marjory Nyaumwe outpaced the static Banyana Banyana defence and her pile driver gave Roxanne Barker no chance to make it 2-0.

It could have been 3-0 but Makore’s audacious effort moments later hit the crossbar.

Banyana Banyana then came out of their shell and a combination of Refiloe Jane and Silindile Ngubane saw the latter’s effort hitting the bar as they started to threaten the visitors.

And after incessant pressure thereafter, a goal had to come.

And it did arrive at the stroke of half time when Ngubane’s shot gave Dzingirai no chance to make it 2-1 going into the second half.

In the second half, Zimbabwe were pinned in their own half but their back four, well marshalled by Melody Musasa stood firm.

Robyn Moodaly could have equalised for Banyana Banyana but her long range effort was brilliantly parried for a corner by Chido Dzingirai as Zimbabwe hang on for dear life.

However, the resultant corner kick went wide.

Banyana Banyana then literally camped into the visitors’ area but brave goalkeeping by Dzingirai frustrated the home side. Refiloe Jane saw her efforts skim the crossbar as Banyana Banyana upped the antic.

Former captain Amanda Dlamini who was introduced as a late substitute had a point blank header saved by Dzingirai as the war of attrition developed into a ding dong affair.

The vibrant crowd then raised the tempo cheering the girls as Banyana Banyana chased what appeared like an elusive equaliser.

But the hard-running Dlamini made it 2-2 as Zimbabwe finally cracked under pressure.

It was a deserved outcome as Pauw’s girls played with more purpose and were by far a better side in the second half.

Zimbabwe could have stolen an undeserved win later in the match but Barker produced a one-handed save from Felistas Muzongondi after the goalkeeper had been left exposed by her defence.

Starting line-ups:

South Africa: Roxanne Barker, Letago Madiba, Nelisiwe Mchunu, Amanda Sister, Nothando Vilakazi, Ode Fulutudilu, Robyn Moodaly, Silindile Ngubane, Refiloe Jane, Portia Modise, Sanah Molo.

Zimbabwe: Chido Dzingirai, Nobuhle Majika, Emmaculate Msipa, Felistas Muzongondi, Rudo Neshamba, Patience Mujuru, Ruvimbo Mutyavaviri, Marjory Nyaumwe, Melody Musasa, Rutendo Makore, Mavis Chirandu.

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A MAN has shot his wife and claims he mistook her for an intruder.

This comes as the world is debating the truth around Oscar Pistorius, who says he mistook his girlfriend for a burglar and shot her.

Palesa Monnane (28) came home from church on Saturday and unlocked the burglar gate.

Suddenly she was shot from inside the house. She was hit in the hand and stomach. She screamed and called her husband, asking what he was doing.
The man realised he had shot his wife. Palesa’s aunt Mathabo Sekhoe (37) said she was told by the husband’s brother that he had mistaken Palesa for an intruder.

“What happened is unbelievable. I have been following Oscar’s case and I think he deliberately shot and killed Reeva.

“Now the same thing has happened to my niece and I also think it was not an accident. I’m just lucky she is not dead. Palesa was rushed to the hospital by church members.”

The man’s family refused to comment.

Constable Joy Xaba said the man was arrested and charged with attempted murder. “He will appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court,” said Xaba.

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Mzansi’s shocking new HIV numbers

MZANSI’s young black women have the highest rate of HIV infection.
That shock revelation was made by the Human Science and Research Council (HSRC) and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi in Pretoria yesterday.

The HSRC presented findings of its latest national HIV household survey of people with the virus, and new infections, in 2012. There were significant improvements in managing HIV in Mzansi, but HSRC and Medical Research Council scientists also found worrying factors. New infections in 2012 were highest among young women aged 15 to 24 at 2,5%. That was nearly four times higher than for men in that age group (0,6%).

Black African women aged 20 to 34 had the highest incidence of HIV of all age groups.
HSRC CEO Dr Olive Shisana said women were still highly vulnerable to infection, but more people with HIV were living longer because of government’s ARV rollout.
“The disproportionately high HIV prevalence levels among females in the country, and high HIV prevalence in unmarried cohabiting people, however, require a rethinking of conventional approaches of HIV prevention in the affected communities,” she said.

The survey found that of the 6,4 million people with HIV and Aids in 2012, more than 2 million were getting ARV treatment.  Since the previous survey in 2008, there had been a drop in condom use in all age groups – except for people aged 50 and older.

At the same time, there was an increase in multiple sexual partnerships among people aged 15 years and older.
Professor Leickness Simbayi, executive director at the HSRC and a principal investigator of the survey, said: “The increases in some risky sexual behaviours are disappointing, as this partly accounts for so many new infections still occurring in South Africa.”
South Africans must continue to be warned not to be complacent about HIV prevention and to keep on with safer sex practices to avoid infection.


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ANC takes DA to court over SMSes

Johannesburg – The North Gauteng High Court will on Wednesday hear an urgent application by the ANC to stop the DA from sending out an SMS accusing President Jacob Zuma of stealing public money.

The African National Congress wants the court to compel the Democratic Alliance to comply with the Electoral Act in terms of the prohibition of publishing of false information.

This was in response to an SMS sent by the opposition party which the ANC claimed was based on a “deliberate lie” and targeted Zuma.

The text message, which was sent to prospective voters, read: “The Nkandla report shows how Zuma stole your money to build his R246m home. Vote DA on 7 May to beat corruption. Together for change.”

Last month, the DA said it welcomed the court challenge.

“The DA welcomes the opportunity to go to court to defend our efforts to ensure accountability for the Nkandlagate scandal,” Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said.

“We will tell the judge exactly what the rest of South Africa was told this past week, that President Zuma improperly and materially benefited from the R246m so-called security upgrade of his private home in Nkandla.”
In her report Secure in Comfort, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from security upgrades made to his private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. She recommended that a percentage of the money be paid back.

Zuma is expected to give his reply to Madonsela’s report on Wednesday, 14 days after its release.


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From hairstyles to footwear, traffic officers get new dress code

A specific and detailed dress code for traffic officers has been outlined in the Draft National Road Traffic Law Enforcement Code gazetted last week.

The document includes a variety of rules about the colour and length of clothing, as well as the type of footwear and hairstyles that are not allowed.

These include:

» Shirts must be khaki in colour, and must not be frayed or torn;

» Personal items must not be carried in the pockets of the shirt, but pens are permitted;

» Undershirts or vests must be V-neck or crew neck in white and must not be visible;

» Uniform trousers must be khaki in colour;

» Trousers must not be too wide or too narrow, and must be long enough to cover shoelace holes;

» The length of skirts must be one hand width below the knee;

» When a skirt is worn, the officer must wear pantyhose or stockings in a nude colour;

» A belt worn on trousers must be brown leather and “one and one-half inch wide with the appropriate finish buckle”;

» Hats must have the lower edge of the sweatband located one inch above the eyebrows;

» Footwear with buckles must not be worn;

» Shoes or boots must be plain toe, either vinyl or leather, and brown;

» Shoes must be cleaned and polished;

» The heels of the shoes and boots must not be over one inch in height. Shoes without heels must not be worn with the uniform;

» Brown socks must be worn;

» Officers must have a brown gun belt;

» No dangling earrings are permitted;

» Female officers with pierced ears can wear small post earrings;

» Excessive jewellery must not be worn;

» A female officer may not carry a handbag with her when on duty;

» No hair is allowed to extend over the collar;

» Female officers should have their hair pinned up;

» Beards and ponytails are not permitted;

» Wigs or hairpieces may be worn “only to cover natural baldness” or to cover physical disfiguration;

» A moustache is permitted but should not cover or touch the ears or extend below the upper lip.

The 449-page document also includes rules on standard equipment that should be carried in an officer’s vehicle during the patrol of national roads. These include;

» heavy duty gloves;

» broom;

» spade;

» crowbar;

» public address system;

» collapsible traffic signs;

» first aid kit;

» chalk or spray paint;

» fire extinguisher;

» traffic cones; and

» a spot lamp.

Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesperson Thato Mosena could not be reached for comment.

The corporation’s deputy director-general Gilberto Martins was quoted in The Star as saying: “We want to create a 21st century traffic officer … To do that, we’re really going to have to get ourselves some serious norms and standards.”

It reported that the document was gazetted last week in at least seven of the nine provinces, and had a 30-day window period for comment.

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American woman ‘forced into prostitution’ in South Africa

A 26-year-old woman who has identified herself as Anna Kreller, an American, claims she was tricked into coming to South Africa seven years ago by a man she met on the internet.

Kreller has been arrested in Springs for entering the country illegally earlier in the week.

“She has no documents and so she’s an illegal immigrant,” Captain Mothutsane was quoted as saying.

She was reportedly discovered on Wednesday by a passer-by who saw her being manhandled aggressively by an unknown man.

“I saw from his body language that he was threatening her so I drove around the block.

When I came around again and stopped, he ran away and I asked her if everything was alright,” the passer-by known only as Leon was quoted as saying.

The woman identified herself and apparently said seven years ago she met a man from Cape Town on the internet who tricked her into believing he wanted to marry her.

The man travelled to America to fetch her and brought her back to SA.

She also allegedly told Leon that when she arrived, the man took her passport and assaulted her.

He then forced her into a life of prostitution and she was given to other people who had held her captive in a house in Geduld in Springs, the paper reported.

Gauteng provincial police spokesman, Brigadier Neville Malila, reportedly told the paper they were aware of the woman being taken to the Springs police station, but still had to decided whether or not to open a case.


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Zimbabwean man kills 4 children in South Africa, flees back to Zim

A South African-based road grader driver who is on the run after running over four children in Ndwedwe, north of Durban, is believed to have skipped the country, and fled into Zimbabwe, South African police have reported.

“He is a Zimbabwean and we believe he is either on his way or already in that country,” a police source close to the investigation said.

The driver is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol when the grader he was driving ran over the four kids, a police source said. The children – Hlengiwe, 11, Zanele and Langelihle, both four, and Busisani, two – are all from the Magwaza family in Ndwedwe.

An employee of Aqua Transport and Car Hire said the driver fled and left the grader’s engine running after realising he had run over the four, who were playing on the side of the road.

Deputy Minister of Transport Sindi Chikunga, who visited the bereaved family in Ndwedwe yesterday, demanded the driver must face the might of the law.

“We do not care whether he is hiding inside the country or in Zimbabwe. Police must find him so he can answer for what he did,” she said.

Chikunga, accompanied by a government delegation, said owners of Aqua Transport and Hire, which is carrying out construction work in the area, also have questions to answer.

“We want to know why they employed him. They should provide us with evidence that the driver had all the necessary documents that entitles him to work in this country,” she said.

Police should also explain why they chose to pursue charges of only culpable homicide against the driver.

“That the driver is alleged to have been drinking suggests people were still not heeding the call not to drink and drive. What this tells us is that we must be ready to put lots of people behind bars during the Easter holidays,” she said.

Mothers of the four children, Zandi, Buyi, Slindile and Zinhle – all sisters – were inconsolable yesterday. Covered in blankets, the four sisters leaned on each other as mourners entered the hut where the grieving family members were gathered.

“It is one thing to lose one family member, but quite another to lose four family members at one go. Since we are a poor family, it was our hope that one day these kids would lift up the family. This tragedy means we have lost our only hope,” the children’s aunt, Khanyisile Magwaza, said.

KZN police spokesperson Jay Naicker said the driver was still at large. The children will be buried on Sunday (today)

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EFF launch North West manifesto

Mahikeng – Economic Freedom Fighters members filed into the Montshioa Stadium in Mahikeng on Saturday ahead of the party’s provincial manifesto launch.

“Julius Malema ore rapelele, shawara oa resokodisa [Julius Malema pray for us, shower is giving us problems],” they sang as they filed into the stadium.

Two white tents were erected near the stage where the VIPs would be seated.

“We are painting this area red,” Rapula Sedone from Reagile near Koster said.

He said he travelled over night to be in Mahikeng to be part of the manifesto celebrations.

“It is important that we take this province in May. The launch is the foundation to that victory.”

EFF leader Julius Malema was expected to launch the party’s provincial manifesto later on Saturday.

The party is calling for the nationalisation of mines and banks and a regulated minimum wage for all workers which will see mineworkers taking home R12 500.


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Helen Zille says SA can be fixed

Johannesburg – There is nothing wrong with South Africa that cannot be fixed, said Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille on Friday.

Speaking at a public meeting in Belfast, Mpumalanga, Zille said: “The lesson of South Africa’s history is that we can shape our future by the choices we make.”

She said the DA was the only political party truly focused on the future of the country.

The economy was growing and jobs were created in the areas where the party governed.

“The Western Cape, where the DA governs, has the lowest unemployment rate in South Africa. Cape Town is the city in South Africa with the lowest income inequality,” Zille said.

The province was also the first to provide universal access to anti-retroviral medication.

Zille said independent researchers had apparently found that the Midvaal municipality in Gauteng, controlled by the DA, was the only place in the province where the majority of residents — black and white — were happy about service delivery.

“When we get the chance to put our policies into practice, we lead the way in eradicating the legacy of apartheid.Where the DA governs, things get better – step by step,” she said.

The DA leader was optimistic that the coming election could bring real change to South Africa.

“We can choose change. We can choose a government that does what it takes to create real jobs,” she said.


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Man held for 100 counts of child rape

Johannesburg – The SAPS is investigating at least 100 counts of rape against a Tembisa man. The figure would make the man the country’s worst serial rapist if he is found guilty.

A source familiar with the investigation – who cannot be named as he isn’t authorised to speak to the media – said the 40-year-old was accused of having raped more than 50 schoolgirls between the ages of 6 and 12.

Some of the counts against him include kidnapping and assault.

It is understood police are still investigating more cases, which are said to have linked the man to incidents in other parts of Gauteng.

The accused, who cannot be named before he pleads to the charges, was expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning.

The Star understood on Wednesday that the matter would be postponed to next month for further investigations.

Gauteng provincial police spokeswoman Captain Doniah Mothutsane confirmed that the accused was facing rape charges but could not state the exact number.

Mothutsane also confirmed there was a pending rape matter against the accused in Kliptown, Soweto.

She said the complainant in the matter was the father of a 9-year-old.

The girl had arrived home in dirty clothes.

Mothutsane said the child and her friend alleged they had been confronted by the man, who forced them to go into the veld, where he assaulted and raped them.

The girls were on their way back home from school when the incident happened, according to Mothutsane.

The accused had been in custody since his arrest on July 11 last year.

His arrest came shortly after he was released from custody on a matter not related to rape.

The man, from Winnie Mandela Park, is suspected to be the serial child rapist wanted since 2007 for a spate of attacks committed over six years in Gauteng and Limpopo.

It is believed that his reign of terror began in Lulekani, Limpopo, in 2007, when he allegedly raped his first victim, a 10-year-old.

It is believed that he then fled to Gauteng, where he allegedly continued to rape young girls in Tembisa, Ivory Park, Olifantsfontein, Kliptown, Eldorado Park and Freedom Park.

According to the source, the alleged rapist’s modus operandi was to ask the children for directions early in the morning as his victims were going to school.

“He took most of his victims in the morning and released them only later in the afternoon.

“In most cases, he asked for directions and then led them into the veld, where he would rape them,” the source said.

He said the accused would convince the girls to walk with him and show him the place he was looking for.

“When they get there, he would ask for other directions and make the children walk with him again.”

The man is believed to have followed girls walking in groups, and, as he raped one, the rest were forced to watch.

“(Sometimes, he would) claim that his child lived at a particular house, asking the children for directions or to enter those houses to call the child – (only for the child) to find out that it was just a formulated story that would make him lead the children elsewhere, mostly into the veld,” the source said.

The Tembisa man faces more charges than Mongezi Samuel Jingxela, South Africa’s worst serial rapist.

Jingxela was found guilty and imprisoned in 2010 of having committed 66 rapes within 10 years.

He lured his women victims under the pretext that he would employ them at a factory.

Last year, Sifiso Makhubo, also from Ekurhuleni, was found dead in a Johannesburg Prison cell, hours before he was due to stand trial.

Makhubo was accused of raping 33 girls and two women.

Prosecutors were planning to charge the HIV-positive man with attempted murder – the first time they would have done so in a case in which someone had committed rape knowing his HIV status.

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The old man had a tyre put over his head and he was set alight by angry Villagers

AN 86-YEAR-OLD man was with his wife when he found himself face-to-face with death.

Villagers, mostly women, stormed his house in Rotterdam, near Hlanganani Village in Limpopo.

They accused him of raping and killing a woman… then they took him into the street.

The body of gogo Mamaila Maluleka (79) had been found in the veld the previous day.

Jack Hlongwane was beaten with sticks and fists on Wednesday.

And when his wife Anna Chauke (58) tried to intervene, she was beaten as well.

And then the old man had a tyre put over his head and he was set alight.

A police officer driving past tried to intervene, but the people stoned his vehicle, leaving him standing as a spectator until the old man body had been totally burnt.

The.old man’s grieving widow, Anna, told our source that it was terrifying when the people stormed into her house.

“It hurts me that I saw my husband die and I could do nothing to help him,” she said.

“My husband tried to tell them he had nothing to do with the woman’s death, but they did not listen. They were full of anger,” she said.

Anna said she tried to stop them from stoning her husband.

“But when I pleaded with them to stop hurting him, they threw stones at me.

“Some even beat me and accused me of shielding him,” said Anna.

She said her husband knew the people who killed him.

“I never thought these people could do this,” she said.

Police Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said that 16 suspects between the ages of 18 and 45 had been arrested.

Fifteen of the suspects are women.

“They are believed to be the ringleaders


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A teenager allegedly murdered his mother with a hammer and buried her body beneath the kitchen floor of their south Durban home.

Durban – A teenager allegedly murdered his mother with a hammer and buried her body beneath the kitchen floor of their south Durban home.

The woman’s brother discovered her decomposing body on Sunday in the kitchen outside her house in Lovu Township, Illovo.

He had been investigating a foul smell.

The woman, in her forties, went missing on March 3. As the suspect is a minor, her name is being withheld.

According to a neighbour, Mandla Msomi, after the body was found the Grade 11 pupil told neighbours and his uncle what had happened.

Msomi said the son was angry that his mother punched him for coming home late.

They were inside the house when she turned around, and he grabbed a hammer and hit her twice on the back of her head. She fell face-down and he pulled her to the kitchen.

Msomi said he told them that he then went to sleep and the next day went to school as if nothing had happened.

When he returned from school he buried her in the kitchen, and put firewood over the grave.

The uncle said he found the body on Sunday when he looked for the source of the smell.

“I followed a trail of flies leading inside the kitchen. Inside, along the wall, was soil covered with wooden planks.

“I fetched a pickaxe from the main house. I started digging, with one hand covering my nose,” he said.

He hit something hard with the pick.

“When I got closer I saw a blanket. I quickly pulled it out. There my sister was, covered with three blankets.

“With neighbours’ help we alerted police who removed the body,” said the uncle.

He said the family had reported his sister missing after she did not answer her phone.

Despite using sniffer dogs, police had been unable to find the woman, he said.

He said his nephew had not aroused any suspicions.

Msomi, who is also a ward councillor, attributed the murder to the use of the drug whoonga.

“I do not believe he was alone when he buried his mother.

“He could have been helped by other whoonga boys,” said Msomi.

Police confirmed that a 17-year-old suspect had been arrested and charged with murder.


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Mum kidnapped and sold for R1000

A 37-year-old woman from Springs in Ekurhuleni, SA, has made a dramatic escape after she was kidnapped on her way to the shops on a Sunday morning.

She says a car suddenly stopped in front of her.

“A Nigerian man jumped out, pointed a gun at me and ordered me to get out of the car,” she said.

The woman said the man went to pick up another man in the Springs CBD before driving to Rosettenville.

“They parked outside a club for about an hour and I pleaded with them to let me go back to my husband and five kids,” she said.

The woman said after an hour, another car arrived and the men followed it to a house where they sold her to a buyer for R1000.

“There were three women in the house and one was heavily pregnant.

“I was put in a locked room and there was a bag of drugs on the bed. One of the women told me her boyfriend had bought me and now I had to make the money back.

“They were busy taking drugs and I kept asking them to let me go back to my children. But one of the women said I was lying because her boyfriend doesn’t buy women with children,” she said.

The woman said she ran out of the house when two customers arrived.

“While they were still talking, I ran on to the street,” she said.

“A woman shouted after me that I wouldn’t make it far and I saw a group of men behind me.”

The woman said she saw a street vendor and asked her for help. Luckily there was a CPF member nearby.

Gauteng police spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale said cops went to the premises where the woman was kept and arrested three people – two women and a man.


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Trio set alight for not having money

Three KwaMashu friends have died after being doused with petrol and set alight by robbers, who were apparently annoyed that the victims did not have any money.

The friends died an agonising death at the weekend, but not before they told their shocked families about their ordeal.

Anele Kubheka and Vusi Biyela, both 18, and Sthembiso Makhathini, 23, had just bought petrol from a local garage for a neighbour on Friday night when five gunmen pounced on them.

They took Makhathini’s BlackBerry phone but when they realised the trio had no cash on them, they poured the petrol over them and ignited it.

“They said to Anele that they knew there was a spaza shop at his home and he should have money; they demanded money that the boys didn’t have,” said Anele’s devastated mother, Jabu Kubheka.

She said that Kubheka had left home at around 9pm on Friday for Makhathini’s house in KwaMashu’s C Section.

About an hour later, neighbours who had heard of the gruesome incident alerted the family.

“Anele had rolled off the road and into a nearby ditch that has a stream running through it. I guess he was trying to put the fire out,” Jabu said. “By the time the boys got to RK Khan Hospital (in Chatsworth) they could no longer speak because of the pain.”

Makhathini’s aunt, Zanele Xulu, who went to visit them at the KwaMashu Poly Clinic, said a nurse had told her that her nephew had suffered 95 percent burns on his body and Anele 85 percent.

She said neighbours who heard screaming and saw the flames came to the friends’ aid.

“Vusi’s burns were more severe than the others. His knees were charcoal black,” said Xulu. “These people were real killers, they are heartless because only a heartless person can kill helpless children in a such a gruesome manner.”

Xulu said the friends had told her that they did not recognise their attackers.

“I found it strange that the men didn’t take the boys’ shoes because they were all wearing branded shoes. If their intentions were to rob them then they would have taken their shoes as well,” she said.

“Those people were just cold-hearted animals.”

Biyela died on Saturday morning, Kubheka on Sunday morning and Makhathini on Sunday evening, Xulu said.

However, police spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, said they were only aware of two deaths and were therefore investigating two counts of murder and one of attempted murder.

Zwane said no arrests had been made yet.

Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi, who visited the victims’ families on Monday, said their pain could never be comprehended.

“The families are not the only people who have suffered from their loss but the community has also suffered because these children are the future of this country,” she said.

In a statement on Monday, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu described the attack as ruthless.

“It indicates the lowest decline of morals and humanity. How can normal people be as violent and brutal as to set other people on fire?”

He urged members of the community who might have information on those responsible for the attack to contact police.


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Controversial Mthwakazi Chief inaugurated in South Africa NDEBELE CHIEF IN EXILE

The much awaited 22 March 2014 has come and gone and a little history has been written in the Zimbabwean history books.
Described as a non event by some sectors of Zimbabwe’s traditional leadership and as an act of insurgence by some political sectors, a section of the Ndebele people of Matabeleland identifying themselves as proponents of Mthwakazi Heritage recognition inaugurated Albert Zwelibanzi Gumede as the first ever exile traditional chief for the people of Zimbabwe. In a surprisingly well attended function held at the Yeoville Recreation Centre central Johannesburg scores of Zimbabweans inside and outside the small venue witnessed Gumede being inaugurated as the first chief of the people of Mthwakazi by “representatives” of the king of the Zulu’s of South Africa.
According to sources from inside the venue, the chief was sworn in under the South African Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act as amended in 2009. Heavy security at the entrance could not allow the GAZA’s source entry into the function demanding proper “accreditation” or identification. However, sources tweeting from inside the venue indicated that a high powered representation from the Zulu chieftains was among the delegates that graced the occasion. Also said to have been in attendance was Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi the Mayor of Zululand District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa who is also the President of the National Freedom Party (NFP).
Proceedings from inside the venue indicated that the chief was inaugurated amongst a huge fun fare and celebration from the people of Mthwakazi. Over 3 million Zimbabweans are resident in South Africa of which about 2 million of those are from the Matabeleland and Midlands provinces which were once historically Mthwakazi Kingdom under King Mzilikazi.
The presumed discriminative governance of the ZANU PF government which is accused of thriving on tribalism has left the people of Mthwakazi territory feeling neglected and not considered as part of Zimbabwe. Several political pressure groups calling for the secession of Mthwakazi territory from mainstream Zimbabwe have over the years been formed with an agenda of pressing for the release of the Mthwakazi people from Zimbabwe.
The inauguration of Chief Gumede is seen as a starting point towards the demanded Mthwakazi freedom.
Though traditional and political leaders in Zimbabwe find it as just a non event, the proponents of Mthwakazi liberation take the event as a great stride towards their cause. The proponents have promised their followers that a king of the Mthwakazi people from the royal Khumalo clan will also be installed soon.
Gumede’s role as chief and how he was elected has not yet been clearly spelt out to the majority of the Mthwakazi people some of who have disassociated themselves with the event. The Zimbabwean government is on record as declaring Mthwakazi secession agenda as an act of revolt and treason. Several members of the Mthwakazi leadership who live outside Zimbabwe have found themselves being bundled into Zimbabwean courts of law for various crimes as soon as they set their feet into Zimbabwe. Chief Gumede is also one of those who have been arrested in Zimbabwe for pursuing Mthwakazi agenda in Bulawayo.
Gumede was arrested in the company of National Hero JZ Moyo’s niece Prudence Moyo at the Joshua Nkomo airport while attending the official naming of the airport in Nkomo’s name. They were accused of criminal nuisance for wearing T shirts inscribed Vuka Mthwakazi.
Comments from both the Zimbabwean and South African governments could not immediately be obtained. No comment could also be obtained from the new chief himself due to the tight security around him after the event. .


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South Africa to deport thousands of Zimbabweans this year

Zimbabwean job seekers without permits in South Africa are likely to be deported by the end of the year when a special dispensation they received two years ago expires.
Permits that were issued to Zimbabweans under the special Dispensation for Zimbabweans Project (DZP) are expiring in November and beneficiaries will now need to apply for permits.
South Africa Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor was early this month quoted as saying she was yet to make recommendations to Cabinet on how to proceed with the management of Zimbabweans who received the special dispensation allowing them to become documented work seekers.
However, according to a release posted on the South African government website last Thursday, Zimbabweans without work, business or study permits have been requested to apply for them before the expiry of the special dispensation.
“Cabinet has approved an approach to the expiry of permits issued under the Special Dispensation for Zimbabweans project in 2009. Permits issued during the initial Dispensation for Zimbabweans Project will expire in November 2014. This dispensation allowed Zimbabweans into South Africa, under relaxed conditions and provided them with work, study or business permits and suspended their deportation.
“Zimbabweans, who complied with the relaxed requirements and were given permits under the dispensation would be allowed to re-apply in their country of origin,” the release reads.
Acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams is quoted as saying: “The dispensation aimed to document Zimbabwean nationals who were in South Africa illegally as a result of the political and socio-economic crisis in Zimbabwe.
“The Minister of Home Affairs will hold a separate briefing session to elaborate on how the process will unfold.”
South Africa suspended the deportation of undocumented Zimbabweans in May 2009 and later introduced a special dispensation during which Zimbabweans were given an opportunity to regularise their stay in South Africa by applying for work, business and study permits. The process of taking applications was officially completed on 31 December 2010.
The documentation process was later extended to 31 July 2011, following a special request from the Zimbabwean Government. It is estimated that there are about two million Zimbabweans living in South Africa. Exact figures are difficult to obtain due to the large proportion of undocumented migrants. Most Zimbabweans reside in SA’s Gauteng province with a large concentration in the more economically advanced urban areas of Gauteng.
While Zimbabweans are the largest single group of foreigners in South Africa, they are by no means the only ones.
There are also no accurate estimates on the number of undocumented or illegal immigrants living in South Africa.


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South Africa Toughens Work Permit Application Process

The South African government has announced that foreigners living in that country will now have to go back home to apply for work permits.
According to Daniel Muzenda of the Zimbabwe Migrants Association, the South African government says instead of applying for work permits while in that country, Zimbabweans and other foreigners are now expected to go to their respective nations to file the necessary papers.
Millions of foreigners, including an estimated three million Zimbabweans, are studying and working in South Africa, one of Africa’s developed nations.
Muzenda said this is not workable. “We are talking about three million Zimbabweans who are here in South Africa and for them to go back to Harare and queue at the Home Affairs Department is logistically practically impossible.”
He said the Zimbabwe government should work with Pretoria to find better ways of handling this issue.
“We will be holding a meeting soon with the relevant authorities to find ways of handling this issue,” said Muzenda.
Most of the work permits expire in November this year.