Monthly Archives: January 2017

North West Premier Man arrested for impersonating HIM

On 25 December 2016, the Office of the Premier of Bokone Bophirima warned members of the public about an imposter who goes around phoning unsuspecting members of the public, pretending to be Premier Supra Mahumapelo. He allegedly requested money from several people in Gauteng, Bokone Bophirima, the Western Cape and Eastern Cape. Hawks spokesperson, Rikhotso Tlangelani says they arrested the impersonator in Kuruman The Hawks arrested a man (25) on the 24th of December in Kuruman. He was traced through the phones that he was allegedly using to impersonate the premier. It is said that he has been requesting money to the amount of R1500. The 25-year-old will appear in the Mmabatho Magistrates Court, facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder and intimidation.

This is after he has threatened to bomb the premier’s home when his extortion attempts were unsuccessful. North West government spokesperson Brian Setswambung says the premier has sent a congratulatory message to the Hawks for the speedy arrest following an investigations. We urge community members to keep an eye out for these scams. As there are many going around. Do not be afraid to report a crime if you suspect anything foul. Contact the authorities immediately, we need to get all these con artists off the streets.

Be safe be informed and follow rules to avoid bribes

To be honest there are an ample number of things one can consider to stop bribing traffic police. Always follow the traffic rules no matter what’s the situation. This will not only help you but will ultimately become convenience for others too. In most cases, when driving a two wheeler, always wear a helmet, make your co-passenger wear them too, in case of a four wheeler always fasten your seat belt while driving.  Follow the travel signal and traffic lights, this will help out in creating a lawful pass ways and less nuisance on the road. Never drink and drive, this thing can cost you a lot if you are cost red-handed by traffic police and on the other hand threatens the life of others too.

Always carry your vehicle documents such as driving license, insurance papers, pollution check, registration certificate, migration certificate (optional), Aaadhar card (optional), this will not only insure that you are abiding traffic rules but help to reduce corruption too. Be more patient on the road and try not to break rules, people often don’t follow rules such as don’t drive on pavements, never park near no parking zone, parking vehicle near entry gates etc.  Being a responsible citizen of this country one should be aware of general law and order so they can’t be manipulated or misused by traffic police.

In case of encountering with a corrupt traffic officer, one should raise his voice and take the matter seriously. A victim of corruption should file a complaint to a nearby police station and take a copy of the same. A lot can be changed in Brits if citizens join hands with the public functionaries. Expecting all good things to only flow from top to bottom without any equal sense of responsibility or duty from citizens is an unsustainable way of improving the state of affairs of the nation and puts an excessive burden on a small government workforce. Stop paying bribes, collectively, when an entire nation decides to do this, the cops will have no option but to stop asking for bribes.  That would also mean that we, as a nation, decide to fall in line and consciously not break any laws.

If you do, accept your fault and own the consequence, sometimes it would be as easy as paying a fine on the spot. Most cops would happily give you a receipt for your violation but there would be times when they would lure you to bribe them with a lesser amount. During such times, put your foot down and insist that you want a receipt. Don’t make a smirky face and vouch excuses.  Other times, you will be required to go to a traffic court to pay the fine. Don’t be intimidated by this.

A violation does not necessarily make you a criminal. And if you have done a crime, either be ready to be accountable for it, or stop crying wolf about how X people are corrupt because you are no less.  Be careful not to pay high amounts for a bribe when the fine for the violation  is little. First Step – Get yourself acquainted with the motor vehicles act and the fines for any violation, it is more or less constant across South Africa, but then its better to make a note of the law pertaining to your state.  Bribing makes the traffic officer guilty.

A man arrested for overloading passengers

A 40 years old man was arrested by the police after he was caught driving a light motor vehicle which was overloaded.  He actually exceeded the loading restriction and was stopped by the police for car inspection.

The driver was driving on the N4 road travelling from Mooinooi towards Brits before he was stopped by the police who inspected his vehicle and found out that he was carrying 7 people instead of 5 people.

The magistrate slapped him with a R5000 fine and a warning indicating that if he continues the offence his drivers license will be confiscated and suspended and he will face justice.  The magistrate warned that the motorists must obey the laws of the road.

He said that overloading passengers is a serious offense and therefore needs to be taken into consideration.  According to the magistrate, the suspect is a first time offender who only needed a guidance to such problems.

3 Foreigners arrested for having falsified documents

Three foreigners appeared in court on the 6th of January 2017, after they were arrested on the 31st of December 2016, due to not having proper documents allowing them to be in South Africa. They were arrested during a search operation which was held in Jericho on new years eve.  Apparently, South Africa has too many foreigners who are residing without proper papers.  The illegal immigrants in the country is a major problem.

The police should take more charge in making sure that the illegal immigrants are arrested and send back to their original countries.  By doing so, it will safe enough money and contribute in the fight against unemployment and poverty. The magistrate ordered that the arrested illegal immigrants return back home, he further said they should be deported to Lindelani where all necessary arrangements will be made for them to be transported.

High Court ruling on Tuks new English language policy positive step towards multilingualism

South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Thursday welcomed the Gauteng High Court Judgement dismissing Afriforum’s application for an order to aside the new all English language policy adopted in June this year by the University of Pretoria as a positive step towards multilingualism. “The adoption of progressive language policies by universities that were enclaves of Afrikaner nationalism has deepened transformation,” said SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu.

Mahlangu said that AfriForum was opposed to the new language policy because except for preservation of pigmentocracy and domination of the Afrikaans language, it has no interest whatsoever in peaceful solutions to any challenge facing South Africa. “It is part of the right-wing movement that thrives on heightened racial tensions to appeal to those who wish to plunge the country towards a slippery slope as well as a vicious cycle of conflict, racial hatred and violence,” he stressed. He said that the defeat of forces opposed to radical socio-economic transformation and cultural tolerance will assist reclaim unity, reconciliation, nation-building and social cohesion project.

New year celebrations turned sour

Man stabbed to death after finding his sidekick with another man, it is alleged that the man was killed after he refused to leave the house when he was told by his sidekick.  The incident happened in Phase 3 section on the 1st of January 2017, at around 3am. Apparently, the man died infront of his girlfriend in his house. The two lovers had been dating for over three years and have children together.  The girlfriend believed that her boyfriend was cheating on her. She confronted him about it after she came home late one evening to find him smelling like women’s perfume. He at first denied her accusations, but after a long argument, he admitted to cheating on her.

But the confession did not help at all because the man continued entertaining the sidekicks though he had promised to have let go.  After spending two hours with his family, the man on the 1st of January 2017, at around 3am, thought it was ideal for him to go and celebrate the rest of the day with his old time sidekick.  An unusual discovery was made by him when he found out that his sidekick had male company.  He forced himself inside the house and argued that the other man must leave the house because he wanted to speak in private with his sidekick.

The argument lasted for several minutes until the two ended up engaging in a physical fight.  With the other man sitting on the bed half naked, the sidekick overpowered and took out a knife and stabbed the man on the neck. After being stabbed, the man went straight home knocked on the door and fell on the ground just right beside the door.  He later told his girlfriend of what happened before he died.  He further explained to her that he was stabbed by his sidekick. The man died at his home and no arrests were made thus far, the police are still investigating the cause of his death.

New year Babe smiling all the way

The allegations of maladministration and mismanagement by the Brits District Hospital CEO, Babe Mosuwe has never shown any positive outcome.  On the 7th of November 2016, we had acknowledged and seen some workers demonstrating on what was called an illegal protest in front of the hospital gate.

The protest among others was to remove the CEO and the acting Clinical Manager, Dr. Moleko based on the alleged misconducts.  The interim CEO, Mr. Moloi was introduced by the District Management team.  He has been in office ever since Babe was send in hiding. The questions remain as why there is no disciplinary hearing for her, protest avails to nothing.  Did the investigations allegedly found Babe innocent?  There are many questions posed by the workers on why the CEO was not suspended.

To make things possible in hospital, Dr. Adewola Jacobs is now an Acting Clinical Manager, succeeding from Dr. Moleko who is now in exile. The staff workers at the Brits District Hospital are still questioning the investigations conducted by the District Management team regarding the allegations that were brought to their attention.  It is alleged that the two were suspended after a long discussion by the workers representatives and the management team. Acting Director for the district, Mr. Moloi who is now in charge in the hospital promised that the investigations will be conducted and therefore, they want people to come forward with concrete facts not just hear-say or allegations that might tarnish someone’s name.

He further said that the petition send to the hospital had some threats that has made the management to sought to protect the CEO and the acting Clinical Manager.  They decided to keep them away for a while, while investigating the matter.  For how long will the hospital be in this much crises and cannot cope with the every passing of patients in the eyes of the few doctors in hospital?  The petition contained the allegations that the CEO bought a CT scanner and no one in hospital has seen the machine. Both the CEO and the Acting Clinical Manager are not suspended and how is that possible until to date no one was suspended or penalised for the actions?  The management decided to re-assign them to another area to continue with their work for safety reasons.  The management further said that the reason the two were placed in a place of safety is because they did not want them to get in contact with the illegal march that was happening.  Was it a mob psychology as indicated by the Department of Health which made them to protect the two accused?

Is there transparency in the investigations of the corrupt allegations?  Are we going to see the end of this where someone involved going to be crucified for actions she has committed, or is just one of those talks by the government to make people forget about the issues and move on with their lives? Many people are still complaining about the hospital mismanagement, shortage of medical doctors.  It seems no one from the high departments cares about what the people are saying about the hospital.They are not even running internal investigations to find out why people are constantly complaining about the hospital management.  The complains in most cases are done by the staff members in the hospital.

Cogta must place defaulting municipalities under administration

The Department of Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) must place municipalities that have failed to pay their overdue Eskom debt under financial administration.

Invoking Section 139 to allow intervention by Cogta and National Treasury will avert implementation of regulated interruptions and disconnections that will negatively affect households as well as productivity of business.

It is a disappointment with those municipalities in the Free State, North West, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape that owe Eskom R10.2 billion.  The North Gauteng High Court on Thursday, the 5th of January 2017, dismissed ¬AfriForum’s application to interdict the ¬disconnections.

The communities and businesses should not be victimised or suffer inconvenience caused either by alleged maladministration or failure of municipalities to honour their financial obligations.  The sound financial management is an enabler for municipalities to deliver quality service delivery.

Eskom must maintain an effective debt recovery and an early warning system that will ensure that debt levels are kept to a minimum.  According to Eskom, the overdue debt has increased tenfold in the last five years with the March 2017, forecast being in excess of R12 billion.

Four classrooms burnt down in Makwassie

The North West Education and Sport Development department was shocked to hear that four classrooms at Phogole Primary School at Makwassie, Lebaleng Township near Wolmaranstad were burnt down on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 due to allegations of criminality.

A block of four classrooms were burnt down, school furniture (chairs and tables) and the administration block was severely damaged due to suspicion of burglary. It is reported that a member of the community saw the smoke coming from the school at 13:30 in the afternoon on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 and immediately alerted the neighbours who called the police and the fire fighters. The suspected criminals gained entry by braking the burglar of the admin block, then went on to disconnect the alarm system. It is alleged that they targeted tablets and computers but unfortunately the school kept them elsewhere in a safe place which is out of school.

Upon failing to get the electronic gadgets, criminals resorted in burning the school.  The suspects allegedly used a grinder to destroy the strong room door and vandalised the reception area. It is further reported that few weeks ago the criminals stole an unconfirmed number of tablets and computers at Atlarelang Primary School which is in the same township using the same modus operandi. The North West Education and Sport Development MEC, Sello Lehari condemned in strongest terms the act of vandalism at schools.  “On behalf of the department I strongly condemn the barbaric act of criminality which continue to disadvantage the schools of our learners.”

“I am calling upon for the arm of the law to arrest those individuals who feed themselves in stealing properties intended to develop children in schools. It is heartbreaking to see criminals destroying the future of our children at an expense of government,” said MEC Lehari. The cost of all damages to the school are estimated at R2 million. The department plans to provide temporary classrooms to the school during the reopening of schools whilst a permanent solution is been sorted.

Amos penalised for child neglect

A 35 year-old, Amos Twala from Legonyane appeared in the Brits Magistrates Court due to skipping two consecutive months for not paying child maintenance for his two sons between the ages of 3 – 10 years. 

Amos find himself in hot water and had to face with the magistrate who could not feel any remorse and penalised him for child neglect and failing to pay child maintenance as agreed in the court of law. Child maintenance is about providing help with a child’s everyday living costs. This includes things like food and clothes, and helping to provide a home for your child or children.  Child maintenance is usually money that the parent without the main day-to-day care of a child pays to the other parent.

However, sharing the care of your children and buying things directly for them can also be included in a family-based child maintenance arrangement, if both parents agree to it.  It’s essential that both parents work together to agree what’s right for them and their children. According to the information in court, Amos has been paying child maintenance ever since they broke up.  The two couple separated 2 years ago after finding themselves in an unstable relationship which turned into violence. Many people have this notion that separating to each other means one should take all the responsibilities to maintain children.  At the moment you may feel unable to discuss child maintenance with the other parent or, you just might not want to.

However, child maintenance can make a real difference to children as it can help pay for things like clothing, food and other essentials. It can also help to keep both parents involved with their children’s lives. Whatever type of maintenance arrangement you put in place, it’s important to remember that it can help to give a child the best start in life and continues until your child reaches adulthood.  It’s also important to remember that paying child maintenance for your child is a legal responsibility. The magistrate slapped Amos with a fine of R2000 to be paid to the mother of his children and also said to him that he must pay the outstanding  maintenance before Friday, the 13th of January 2017, and continue paying child maintenance as agreed upon.