South Africa: Durban police call on Uber and Taxify drivers to meet them

image Police in Durban have called for a meeting with Uber and Taxify cab drivers to deal with them being targeted by criminals in Umlazi township and surrounding areas. “The drivers are called to pick up a customer and then perhaps shortly [into the trip is] requested by the same customer to pick up another friend along the way to the original destination. Once the other passenger is picked up‚ a firearm is produced and the taxi driver is hi-jacked and robbed of his earnings and personal belongings‚” police said in a statement on Friday. “Taxi cabs‚ especially Uber and Taxify‚ have become targets of these crimes.” Police added that in some instances the vehicle is taken and the driver kidnapped but later dropped in an area unknown to him. The eThekw

South Africa: Mbalula on Senzo speculation: Stop being social media detectives

image Under increasing pressure due to social media activists‚ police minister Fikile Mbalula said on Friday that the murder of former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was still under investigation and receiving the attention. Mbalula said in his statement that he met with National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole in Cape Town to receive progress on Meyiwa murder case. “General Sitole reported to the minister that the investigating team has been augmented with the addition of more expert investigators from SAPS Detectives Services. The detectives will also offer a fresh eye on the investigation with the assistance of the main investigating team‚” the statement said. It continued that Mbalula would soon unveil a “Cold Case Strategy”

South Africa: Water-loving black mamba gets turfed from the surf

image A black mamba's dip in the sea was interrupted by a teen jogger on a South Coast beach in KwaZulu-Natal.
RARE ENCOUNTER & CAPTURE OF BLACK MAMBA ON SCOTTBURGH BEACH A 2.8 metre Black Mamba was sighted just North of...
A black mamba's dip in the sea was interrupted by a teen jogger on a South Coast beach in KwaZulu-Natal. Owen and Nadi Kuyper‚ who were going for an evening swim north of Scottburgh's main beach on Thursday‚ said the teenager was jogging on the shore when he spotted the 2.8m reptile‚ one of Africa's most feared snakes. The Kuypers called renowned snake catcher Martin Rodrigues‚ who manages Crocworld Conservation Centre in Scottburgh‚ who responded immediately and caught the mamba. Rodrigues s

South Africa: Woman bitten in battle with puff adder on her bed, walks 3km...

image A Port Elizabeth woman who survived a savage dog attack four years ago endured a second terrifying encounter this week when she was bitten by a puff adder she discovered on her bed. Carol Jafta‚ 57‚ told of her ordeal when she was bitten on the hand on Wednesday night after picking up the snake to prevent it slithering away even further into her one-bedroom shack in Malabar. Jafta even attempted to drown the reptile in a bucket of water before her husband arrived and beat it to death. The couple then wrapped the snake in a plastic bag and walked about 3km to Livingstone Hospital with it so that Jafta could be treated. Jafta‚ who lives in an informal settlement known as Crank Grootkloof opposite the quarry in Malabar‚ was discharged on

South Africa: Court grants relief to 294 RDP housing applicants

image RDP housing applicants‚ who were victims of the allocation system used by the Endumeni Local Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal‚ have been granted relief by the high court in Pietermaritzburg. The Endumeni Civic Association‚ which represents 294 RDP housing applicants‚ brought the matter to the court. The organisation challenged the arbitrary application and manipulation of the RDP housing waiting lists‚ unclear allocation systems and policies and the alleged corrupt allocation of houses in Ward 4 and 5 of the municipality. The Legal Resources Centre (LRC)‚ which represents the association‚ argued that housing applicants are the most needy and vulnerable residents of the municipality. The Association feared that the failure to resolve th

South Africa: Rain on track for Cape Town

image Bring out your buckets if you live along the Western Cape coast. A cold front is still on track to bring much needed rain overnight to the parched province. Senior forecaster for the South African Weather Service Bransby Bulo said there was a 60% chance of rain on Friday night. “There is a cold front that is approaching the Western Cape; as a result we are expecting showers this evening.” Bulo said the rain would be concentrated mainly along coastal areas‚ including Langebaan and Cape Town. The cool snap is expected to clear by Saturday afternoon. “Temperatures will also drop for the Western Cape. Cape Town will start at 16°C and warm up to 22°C on Saturday. Temperatures will remain the same on Sunday but will start to pick up by Monday

South Africa: State capture inquiry can now get off the ground

image The regulations that enable the inquiry into state capture to start operating were published on Friday. This follows last month’s appointment by President Jacob Zuma of Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo as chair of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture. In January‚ Zuma also published terms of reference of the commission‚ which requires it to inquire and make recommendations for issues contained in the public protector’s State of Capture report. The regulations provide that no person appearing before the commission may refuse to answer any question on any grounds. They can be assisted by an advocate or an attorney. Zondo may designate one or more knowledgeable or experienced people to assist the commis

South Africa: Robbers get 20 years’ jail for R104m heist

image Thirteen people who bagged R104.4-million in one of South Africa’s biggest cash heist have been sentenced to 20 years in prison in the high court sitting in Delmas. “All are sentenced to 20 years direct imprisonment‚” confirmed National Prosecuting Authority provincial spokesperson Monica Nyuswa. But accused number seven‚ Robert John Clack‚ who did not get bail‚ had his sentence reduced by three years. The 13 were found guilty on Thursday of conspiracy to murder‚ robbery with aggravating circumstances‚ kidnapping‚ attempted murder and malicious damage to property. The audacious heist was carried out in April 2014. The armed robbers arrived at an SBV Services depot in Witbank and introduced themselves as employees from head off

South Africa: Urgent action is required to avert food crisis – FAO

image A sharp drop in South Africa's maize crop is expected‚ due to poor rainfall and a voracious pest. The Food and Agriculture Organization said on Friday that Southern Africa as a region was being affected by prolonged dry spells‚ erratic rainfall‚ high temperatures and the presence of the fall armyworm‚ which have significantly dampened the current agricultural season’s cereal production prospects. "Early action in the form of consolidating information through assessments and anticipatory measures that reduce the impact of threats are crucial for an effective response‚" the United Nations agency said. Fall Armyworm‚ which first emerged last season‚ is spreading‚ it said. The pest is now present across the Southern African Development C

South Africa: R90m pumped into security on Cape Town’s ailing railways

image A massive security operation was unveiled on Friday for Cape Town’s collapsing and crime-ridden railway system. Steps agreed at a summit in Woodstock between the City of Cape Town‚ the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and the Western Cape government included: - A 1‚500-strong security unit costing R45-million a year; - Two bulletproof walls to seal off a 15km stretch of Cape Town’s central railway line‚ which has been closed since the start of the year due to security concerns; and - Drones — to be deployed “‘within days” — to monitor criminal activity on railways. Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for transport‚ Brett Herron‚ said: “A lot still needs to happen but I think we have achieved our goal for the summit by agreein

South Africa: Metro police officers charged with journalist’s death still report for duty

image The three Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department constables implicated in the death of journalist Godknows Nare are still reporting for duty. Chief Superintendant Wayne Minnaar told TimesLIVE that the officers were transferred to do "administrative duty". Lincoln Moloi‚ 35‚ Nhlanhla Joseph Vilakazi‚ 29 and Thozamile Mhlanga‚ 37‚ are out on bail after they appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court last month. They returned to court on Friday. "The case was postponed to 20 August up to 31 August‚" said Minnaar. Nare‚ 40‚ died in a hail of bullets in what appeared to have been a shootout with the police in April last year near his home in Florida‚ on the West Rand. He had worked as a journalist and fixer for local and international ne

South Africa: Magistrate’s bid to jail mom and newborn irks judge

image The high court in Port Elizabeth has set aside a warrant of arrest issued by a magistrate to a mother who could not attend court as she had given birth by Caesarean section 15 days earlier. Lusanda Sulani was supposed appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court to attend her case on January 29 but was unable to travel because to her medical condition. Her attorney presented a medical certificate stating she was unfit to travel from Durban. Despite her medical certificate‚ magistrate Tandeka Mashiyi declared Sulani’s bail provisionally forfeited to the state and issued a warrant for her arrest. Mashiyi based her decision on her interpretation of section 67 of the Criminal Procedure Act (CPA). The section states that if an accused wh

South Africa: Driver accused of killing metro cops asked to back up medication claim

image Albert Pretorius‚ 41‚ of Paulshof‚ who is facing two charges of culpable homicide and one of driving under the influence‚ told the court on Thursday he had consumed three alcoholic beverages and was on prescribed medication on the night of the incident. Magistrate Renier Boshoff‚ however‚ told Pretorius he had failed to disclose to the court what kind of medication he was taking. "There is ample case law that states that if you make a claim you must be able to back it up. There is nothing here to support such a defence." He said that although Pretorius is facing a schedule-one offence‚ the crime he committed was not less serious. In his affidavit read out in court on Thursday‚ Pretorius said he was driving at 80km/h‚ which accor

South Africa: Mark Lifman charges dropped after two nights in custody

image Alleged Cape Town mafioso Mark Lifman was released from police custody after charges against him were dropped on Friday. While his lawyer‚ William Booth‚ finalised Lifman’s release from Bellville Magistrate’s Court‚ outside court heavily armed guards from Titanium Securitas were confronted by plain-clothed men claiming to be police officers and asked to produce their gun licences. One of the men could be heard tasking someone to “send traffic police” to remove a convoy of vehicles waiting for Lifman. When Lifman’s associate‚ bouncer boss André Naudé‚ approached one of the men to ask what was going on‚ he was told to back off. The men also took pictures and videos of people outside court believed to be connected to Lifman.

South Africa: NSPCA hail guilty verdict for 17 men involved in dog fighting

image An organised dog fight held in Tsakane‚ Ekhuruleni‚ which resulted in the rescue of 14 grievously injured dogs in 2013‚ has finally culminated in the conviction of 17 men. Only one dog was not euthanised due to the extent of their injuries. The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) on Friday welcomed the judgment‚ handed down in the Nigel Regional Court this week. “We are thankful and appreciative that these criminals have been found guilty for their participation in this heinous crime. It has been a trying four years filled with numerous challenges to get this case finalised but we did not‚ and would never‚ relent until justice was served for these dogs” said Senior Inspector Wendy Willson‚ manager of the NSPCA's Special Investigations Unit. Sen

South Africa: No break in DUT salary deadlock as strike pushes lectures back again

image After more than a month‚ the beleaguered Durban University of Technology is still no closer to reaching an agreement with striking staff over salary increments – and it has‚ again‚ forced the start of the academic year to be delayed. In a last ditch attempt to resolve the protracted impasse with unions‚ the university turned to the Commission for Conciliation‚ Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) this week. The academic year was due to start on Monday‚ but the breakdown in negotiations over better salary packages‚ saw lectures being pushed to February 12. Management is offering a 6.5% increase in basic salary and a 6.5% housing allowance‚ without a once-off bonus. But striking unions are demanding an 8% increase and a R350 hike in the housing allo

South Africa: NSPCA hail guilty verdict for 17 men involved in dog fighting

image An organised dog fight held in Tsakane‚ Ekhuruleni‚ which resulted in the rescue of 14 grievously injured dogs in 2013‚ has finally culminated in the conviction of 17 men. Only one dog was not euthanised due to the extent of their injuries. The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) on Friday welcomed the judgment‚ handed down in the Nigel Regional Court this week. “We are thankful and appreciative that these criminals have been found guilty for their participation in this heinous crime. It has been a trying four years filled with numerous challenges to get this case finalised but we did not‚ and would never‚ relent until justice was served for these dogs” said Senior Inspector Wendy Willson‚ manager of the NSPCA's Special Investigations

South Africa: Siam Lee’s alleged killer also charged with rape

image There was a new twist in the case against a man accused of murdering Durban escort Siam Lee when a count of rape was added to the seven charges he was already facing. The 29-year-old businessman‚ who now cannot be named because of the rape charge‚ made his third appearance in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Friday. Clad in a grey coat and matching check pants‚ the bespectacled man blew a kiss to his family in the public gallery and kept on smiling throughout the court proceeding. However‚ he shook his head when he heard that a rape charge had also been added to the raft of charges he is facing – charges which include murder‚ kidnapping‚ robbery‚ and pointing of a firearm. It is unknown who the victim of the rape charge is. Howe

South Africa: Torture and starvation are irrelevant‚ state advocate tells Esidimeni hearing

image The state wants the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing to disregard the torture suffered by deceased psychiatric patients when awarding compensation to aggrieved families. The state and Section 27‚ which represents 74 families‚ agreed on R200‚000 to compensate relatives for emotional shock and funeral costs. However‚ the families also want to be compensated for constitutional damages‚ which the state has disputed. Advocate Tebogo Hutamo‚ in submitting closing arguments on behalf of the state during the hearings today‚ said evidence in relation to how patients were tortured and starved to death was irrelevant. He said that when determining compensation‚ consideration should only be given to the emotional trauma experienced by families a

South Africa: Firefighter in hospital after colleague dies in Cape blaze

image A firefighter is in hospital with burns to his arm and face after he tried to move his vehicle to safety during a blaze in George in the Southern Cape. The Working on Fire crew member was injured on Thursday‚ just three days after a colleague died while fighting a fire in the Simonsberg mountains near Klapmuts. The crew member‚ a driver‚ had tried to move his vehicle to a safe area in the Kammanasie mountains‚ said Working on Fire spokesperson Lauren Howard. He was stabilised and taken to George MediClinic. Makelepe Cedric Seokoma‚ 36‚ an assistant project manager for Working on Fire‚ died on Monday. Sphiwe Hobasi tweeted a video by Herman Pieters of a Working on Fire truck engulfed in flames on Thursday: “One firefighter has

South Africa: Magashule should take action on Vrede Dairy farm project: Mkhwebane

image Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has found that the Free State agriculture department did not handle the controversial Vrede Dairy Farm Project very well. In a report released on Friday‚ Mkhwebane said the department had failed to manage and monitor implementation of the terms of agreement with Estina in relation to budget evaluation‚ expenditure control and Estina’s performance. She observed that the head of department did not follow normal procurement processes‚ the payments to Estina were not in line with Treasury prescripts‚ and the agreement between the department and Estina seemed invalid. Mkhwebane directed Free State premier Ace Magashule to institute disciplinary proceedings against all implicated officials involved in the projec

South Africa: Mkhwebane stops short of fingering politicians in Vrede project scandal

image Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Friday issued her report on the Vrede Dairy project‚ recommending that Free State Premier Ace Magashule institute disciplinary action against all implicated officials in the Vrede dairy farm project. Mkhwebane did not finger any politicians in her report on the Vrede Dairy project. She found that the department failed to manage and monitor the programme. kindly AddUp Djxbazz||Lovablevibes On whatsapp:- 08065200003 For Negotiable & Promotion Of Your Song On Many Blogs, Also Followers Djxbazz On Social Network : Instagram/Twitter: @iam_djxbazz

South Africa: Bail denied for motorist arrested for killing JMPD police

image The suspected drunk driver who ploughed into two Johannesburg Metro Police officers at a roadblock has been refused bail. Albert Pretorius‚ 41‚ of Paulshof‚ told the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court in his affidavit on Thursday that he had consumed three drinks and had been on prescribed medication when the incident took place. The two female JMPD officers‚ Winnie Mokgolo‚ 35‚ and Sophie Ngoasheng‚ 45‚ were fatally injured on the evening when he allegedly lost control of his vehicle and rammed into the roadblock mounted by the JMPD along Witkoppen Road near Montecasino. Pretorius is facing two counts of culpable homicide and one of driving under the influence of alcohol. The case has been postponed to March 29. Read more

South Africa: Group of 13 to be sentenced for R104m Witbank cash heist

image Thirteen people who bagged R104.4-million in one of South Africa’s biggest cash heists will be sentenced on Friday. The High Court sitting in Delmas‚ Mpumalanga‚ convicted the 13 on a raft of charges on Thursday‚ including conspiracy to murder‚ robbery with aggravating circumstances‚ kidnapping‚ attempted murder and malicious damage to property. The audacious heist was carried out in April 2014 when a group of armed robbers arrived at an SBV depot in Witbank and introduced themselves as employees from head office as well as police officers who wanted to question staff at the depot. As soon as the premises were opened they overpowered the guards and used an industrial drill to break into a safe and extract the cash. During the robbery som

South Africa: Fordsburg businessman bust over prepaid meter ‘bribe’

image An attempt to bribe a city official for the installation of four electricity prepaid meters sparked a sting operation resulting in the arrest of a businessman from Fordsburg last night‚ Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Friday. Explaining the sequence of events‚ the mayor said: "It is alleged that yesterday‚ during a Buya Mthetho operation in Fordsburg‚ officials were shocked to find four bridged prepaid electricity meters and a bypassed water meter. "As the officials were about to remove the meters‚ the suspect‚ who is the owner of the property‚ approached the team leader from the Revenue Department and offered him R10‚000 in exchange for new meters. "A sting operating led the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service (GFIS

South Africa: Sexpest teacher gets another school job

image A KwaZulu-Natal school is planning to fire a teacher it recently employed after discovering that he allegedly sexually abused a young boy while at a previous school. Police arrested the teacher at Amajuba High School in Newcastle last Wednesday following two alleged sexual assaults on the boy, the first when he was a 12-year-old pupil at Dannhauser Primary Full Service School in August 2016. The chairperson of Amajuba High School’s governing body, Johan Botes, confirmed that a letter will be forwarded to the teacher's attorney asking the educator to provide reasons why he should not be dismissed. Dannhauser Primary Full Service School dismissed the teacher last year but declined to say if his dismissal was linked to the sexual assault allegations.

South Africa: Police nab syndicate suspected of selling explosives to robbers

image An alleged 10-member syndicate‚ including police officers‚ suspected of selling commercial explosives‚ has been arrested in the Free State. The suspects were arrested during a joint operation this week between the Hawks’ National Bureau of Illegal Firearms Control and Priority Violent Crimes unit‚ the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) and Crime Intelligence. “The ten suspects aged between 28 and 46 - three amongst them are police officers - are alleged to have been supplying criminal syndicates with explosives commonly used to bomb ATMs‚ cash-in-transit vehicles and vaults for cash at institutions other than the banks‚” the police said in a statement. Acting National Head of the Hawks Yolisa Matakata described the arre

South Africa: Life Esidimeni families want R1.5m each for constitutional damage

image On top of the R200‚000 compensation for emotional shock‚ psychological injury and funeral expenses from the State‚ Life Esidimeni families want each claimant to receive R1.5-million for constitutional damage redress. On Thursday‚ the Life Esidimeni arbitration convened for closing arguments in Parktown‚ Johannesburg. Though the two parties agreed on the emotional trauma claim under common law‚ in respect of the claim for constitutional damages‚ the State and Section 27 did not reach an agreement. Section 27 Advocate Adila Hassim argued why the State should compensate the families for the violation of constitutional rights. "The figure is not intended to represent the value of life. It takes into account the series of circumstances and the b

South Africa: Operation Top Cop: Mammoth probe into Phahlane

image Disgraced former top cop Khomotso Phahlane should brace for more charges, with the charges of corruption and fraud laid against him in court on Thursday described by police as being the tip of the iceberg. Multiple sources within the Hawks and Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) have revealed how the investigation into Phahlane stretches back at least seven years and is focusing on numerous tenders awarded to multiple companies while he headed the SAPS Forensics Division. In total, one source said, the tenders are worth more than R5-billion. Phahlane’s lawyer described the investigation as a witchhunt. kindly AddUp Djxbazz||Lovablevibes On whatsapp:- 08065200003 For Negotiable & Promotion Of Your Song On

South Africa: Eskom boss defamed me, claims Mantashe’s daughter

image Nombasa Mawela – the daughter of ANC chairman Gwede Mantashe – has lodged a R500,000 lawsuit against suspended Eskom executive Matshela Koko over claims he made that she was involved in dodgy business deals with Eskom officials. Mawela wants Koko to cough up the half-a-million rand in damages for saying she had received close to R1-million in bribes from a company owned by former Eskom contracts manager France Hlakudi. “For God’s sake, the daughter of Gwede Mantashe has been on the retainer for the last 24 months from Hlakudi Translation and has received in total R978,000,” Koko told his disciplinary inquiry on November 30. France Hlakudi is the former Kusile power station project manager. kindly AddUp Djxbazz||Lo

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