Monthly Archives: September 2016

A man has been arrested for killing his sister

The killing happened in the evening of the 25th of September 2016, in Rabokala village near Brits just outside Letlhabile.  Sello Lemeno appeared in the Brits Magistrates Court for killing his sister, Tebogo Lemeno.

According to the statement in court, the police arrived at the scene and found the floor full of blood stains and the suspect locked himself in his room afraid that the community might harm him.  The victim was taken to hospital but died on her way to the hospital. After the police realised that the suspect locked himself in one of the rooms in the yard, they broke the door to gain entry and removed him instantly.  At the time he was removed, Sello was afraid and even shaking.

The police arrested him immediately and charged him with murder.  According to the 24-year-old, him and his sister used to play like that especially when they need something from each other.  On Sunday it was unfortunate that the game had to end awful. The argument started after he requested his sister for money to buy cigarette.  The sister refused to give him money and Sello slabbed her in the face and told her to leave the place and find herself a boyfriend because she was overcrowding the place.

Tebogo did not want to hear that and started arguing back, after feeling the pressure, Sello grabbed the knife and attacked Tebogo.  They both fight with the knife on Sello’s hand, it is alleged that Sello stabbed his sister with the knife on her left arm. She bleeded heavily and died on her way to hospital.  The matter was remanded to the 22 October 2016.

Poet – Naledi Matau a shining star

A Grade 9 pupil from Madiba-a-Toloane Secondary joined Dinaletsane Youth Organisation this year (2016) and has been a shining star ever since.  This young girl proved to everyone in the village when she performed her favourite poem on the 24 September 2016, on Heritage Day at Dinaletsane village.

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Drug Bust! 3 men arrested in Brits

3men appeared in the Brits Magistrates court after they were arrested on the 25th of September 2016.  The arrest took place after a tip-off was made to the police that David, Edmond  and Lovemore were at koŐperasie avenue.

Three suspects, a Nigerian, a South African and a Zimbabwean nationalists men were found packing 92 packets of khat. Two large packets containing khat rocks, a weighing scale and packaging material were also found in the place.

The suspects have been detained at the police cells and appeared in court on 26 September 2016, the matter was postponed to 23 November, 2016.  Suspects were denied bail and remained in custody while the matter is still investigated.

SANCO pays tribute to veteran anti-apartheid journalist and editor Allister Sparks

The South African National Civic Organisation(SANCO) on Tuesday paid tribute to veteran anti-apartheid journalist, Allister Sparks for helping bring down South African Prime Minister John Voster in the infamous government propaganda scandal known as the “Muldergate scandal” and exposing the death of Black Consciousness Movement leader, Steve Biko at the hands of South Africa’s security forces.

The 83 year-old celebrated South African editor and author suffered a heart attack after spending 12 days in the Morningside Clinic due to an infection.  “We wish to convey our condolences to his family,his colleagues in the media industry,his compatriots and fellow anti-apartheid activists who shared with him the values of freedom, equality and justice for all and the vision of a non-racial, non-sexist, united and democratic South Africa,” said SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu.

Mahlangu said that the over 13 000 African journalists that Sparks had trained at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) he had founded are today the watchdogs of democracy and the living heritage he has left us. He said that Sparks will be remembered for his courage in the face of the authoritarian apartheid police state.  “Sparks was a true patriot who loved his country and all of its people.He fought against racism and risked his life as well as that of his family for justice and equality,” he highlighted.

Mahlangu asserted that the award winning journalist and former editor of Rand Daily Mail’s also made a meaningful contribution towards the transformation of the South African Broadcasting Cooperation (SABC) after he was appointed by the late President Nelson Mandela to serve on its board in 1995. He said that Sparks played a pivotal role in position the public broadcaster as a global player when he became the editor of the Corporation’s television news and current affairs and launched a 24-hour Africa news channel, called SABC-Africa, for satelite broadcast to the entire African continent.

He added that his dismissal as the editor of Rand Daily Mail following  a controversial decision by the newspaper company’s Board of Directors to make the paper appeal more to the country’s affluent white community-and less to the poorer blacks signifies the pressure that journalists face on a daily basis in the newsroom.     “Our responsibility is to preserve that  the institutions he valued and those that were closed to his heart so that they serve the cause of freedom, democracy, reconciliation, nation-building and social cohesion,” he underscored.

Internationally acclaimed Tomorrow is Another country, Beyond the Miracle: Inside the New South Africa were among the books that were authored by the veteran journalist who was born in Cathcart in the Eastern Cape in 1933 and began to work as a reporter on the Queenstown Daily Representative in 1951.  The father of four sons was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and South African correspondence for a number of international publications including The Washington Post and The Economist, the Observer in Britain, and Holland’s leading business daily, the NRC Handelsblad.

Driver charged with Culpable homicide

The driver of the Nissan hardbody was on 24 September 2016, arrested and charged with culpable homicide after being involved in a horrifying accident that had at least one passenger killed.  The accident happened at De Wildt, on the R513 road.

It is said that the driver of the bakkie who had no valid drivers license and was driving with a learner license was carrying about ten (10) passengers at the back of an open bakkie when the accident occurred. It is alleged that the passengers were transported to a nearby place to resume their work.  How can the owner of the company allow his driver to drive without a valid drivers license?  Is it the fault of the driver or of the employer that one passenger died because of negligence? It is the employers negligence and it is totally irresponsible.  The employer knows for a fact that it is against the law for a driver especially carrying passengers to transport people without a valid drivers license.

This is an ongoing problem that companies allows their workers to work in such conditions where their safety is not prioritised.  How do such drivers pass the traffic officers who are seen on a daily basis standing on the side of the road? Are they also to be blamed for allowing such irresponsible people to pass without being checked and arrested for their wrong doings?  Are they accepting something from such people?  This is questionable that someone must be blamed for all these actions. A life of a human being has been taken away due to irregularities and irresponsibility.  He appeared in the Brits Magistrates Court and will once again appear on 24 October for bail hearing, he remained in custody.

Mmakau clinic also called Hoekfontein clinic concerns

Mmakau community members are complaining about the health status in the clinic and say that the place is not hygienic and it has poor services.

Recently the provincial department of health is considering extending the operating hours of a number of public health institutions to help them cope with the high volumes of people seeking treatment. The announcement was made after a number of complains were posed to the department of health regarding the clinics operate for about 7 to 12 hours daily.  Clinic’s must also be monitored not to pose danger to the patients and people around them. All the clinics should be neat, healthy and well-organised at all times to accommodate people.  According to the anonymous.  “Government must start taking Mmakau village serious and prioritise the health conditions of the sick people in this place.”  “We need help and want our government to listen to us and hear our cries. Yesterday I took my daughter for a usual scale taken every month to the clinic.  I was shocked by what I have just noticed, we were told to be seated next to elderly sick people.” 

“Imagine my daughter is 10 months old and had to sit with people vomiting, coughing and spitting everywhere in the area, where is the clinics moral?  We sit with elderly people the whole day waiting forever for services which are not in good course.  I am worried that the people here are given less preferences by our government and many have so much illnesses that some of their illnesses we don’t know.  My point is, we sit with them and we are scared that if the condition is not improved, we will contaminate more illnesses from the environment itself.” “We really need help and we want great services because we are humans and participated fully during elections.  The clinic is also running short of medications especially cough medicine,” concluded the concerned parent.

North West Pastors applauded banning of homophobic US pastor Steven Anderson

The Mahikeng Ministers Fellowship(MMF) in the North West on Wednesday applauded the barring of United States Pastor Steven Anderson from entering South Africa and his deportation by the Botswana government.

 

We supported the decisive actions taken by Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba and the South African government in prohibiting Anderson, members of his church and his associates for intolerance, advocating hatred, condoning and encouraging violence and killing of gays and lesbians,” highlighted Apostle Reginald Zandisile Mpame, Chairperson of MMF, an interdenominational fellowship of pastors. Apostle Mpame stressed that the notorious statement made by Anderson welcoming the gunning down in June of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida saying “there’s less paedophiles in this world is not consistent with the message of God’s unconditional love, salvation and restoration.”

“We wish to distance ourselves from such extremism which is a misrepresentation of the Kingdom of God and undermines the unity of the body of Christ and evangelism to spread the Gospel,” Mpame emphasised. He called on churches not to host and or invite controversial evangelists without independently verifying their credentials as this has the potential to sow hatred, encourage violence against lesbians, bi-sexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) communities like that is created  in the image of God and loved by him. “Homophobia is a far cry of Christianity and Jesus Christ’s message of reconciliation and undeserved grace,” he said.

Mpame whose organisation will be hosting a Kingdom Unity church leaders seminar and a soul winning crusade to be addressed by Pastor Seok-Jeon Yoon as from 4-6 October 2016 at the Greater Grace Church and Montshiwa Stadium in Mahikeng was quick to draw a parallel between and Anderson’s Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona and the South Korean Yonsei Central Baptist Church(YCBC). “Pastor Yoon’s Holy spirit led and life-changing ministry has impacted positively on the lives of many local servants of God who have had the opportunity to visit the YCBC for spiritual revival and empowerment over the past two years.” “South African church leaders and those from neighbouring countries including people who will attend the humble servant’s first ever crusade in South Africa will experience the overflow of great grace,” he said.

Yoon’s soulwinning crusade in Mahikeng will be his second in Africa following his June 2014 crusade in neighbouring Swaziland. The celebrated Senior Pastor and evangelist who is also the donor of the Swaziland Christian University had the crusade after an invitation by Queen Inkocikkati Rambikisa during her Korean visit to the YCBC. He also held similar pastors conferences and crusades in India, Haiti and Mnanmar.