Monthly Archives: June 2017

Two appear in court for stock theft

Mafora Mosa Thalane (31) and Moatome Taukobong (29) appeared in the Brits Magistrate’s court for stock theft after they were arrested by the police end of January 2017. It is
alleged that the suspects attended an auction held in Vaalboschloot. Police received information from members of the community that two suspects were on route to sell 10 cows that did not belong to them. Upon further investigation it was established that they could not provide any documentation nor provide any prove of ownership. They will appear in
court again on the 7th of July. Investigation into the matter continues. The report in court indicates that the police arrived to find the suspects transporting the cattle with two bakkies and trailers. The cattle had an estimated value of about R100 000. The suspects
had first appeared in court on 27 February 2017. Taukobong and Thalane were both granted bail of R2000 each, the community were outraged indicating that the suspects were supposed to have been denied bail. The community expressed their views saying that it was not the first time the suspects had committed such crime. Expressing their concerns, they have indicated on a constant basis that they are sick and tired of the suspects and will not allow them again in the area. The 10 cattles were allegedly stolen in Vaalboschloot. It was established after questioning of the suspects that the cattles were stolen from Vaalboschloot, then handed to the suspects
for sale in the auction.

Girl appears in court for murder

A 17-year-old girl appeared in court on Thursday, on the 25th of May 2017, accused of murdering a 4-month-old baby in Hebron. A case that shocked the community and drew expressions of sympathy in most of the churches around. The suspect, who cannot be named because she is a minor, is charged with murder. According to the information, the young woman allegedly put a pillow on her 4-month-old daughter causing her to suffocate
to death. The incident took place on the 27th of April and she was arrested on the 29th of
April after the police received a tip off from the neighbours who saw the dogs digging
up some flesh from the ground in the yard. It could be that the teenage mother had no
desire to keep the baby ever since she was born because of her horrifying relationship with her
ex-boyfriend who is also the father of the baby. According to the reports, she was in an abusive
relationship and therefore could not bear the thought of keeping the baby. In court, she
pleaded not guilty during a short hearing. The relationship was not approved by both families
and therefore it was hard for the girl to keep the baby as she was not employed and living with
her friend in one room. After a twenty-minute appearance at the Brits Magistrates Court during which she did not speak, the suspect was remanded in custody in secure custody. She is due to appear on 9 November 2017 before Garankuwa Magistrates Court, which handles serious crimes.

Madibeng municipality hosted a successful inter municipal games

Madibeng Local Municipality recently hosted successful inter municipal games
which were held in the town of Brits. Different municipalities in the North West Province were
part of the games which were played at the Brits Sports Grounds and the Rabboni School
Grounds. Sporting codes included Football, Netball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Darts and Pool.
Madibeng’s best finish at the games were in the netball category where they finished second
after losing to Rustenburg Local Municipality in the final. “We hosted successful games as
the municipality and we are glad that during that weekend our tourism establishments like
Guesthouses and Bed and Breakfast were able to receive some revenue and the general business were able to cash in since we had many people visiting our tow, On the field of play I think our netball team did well to win silver since it was for the first time the team reached the final of the provincial games.” “I believe other sporting codes saw where they went wrong and shall fix those mistakes in preparation for the nationals game in Rustenburg
which will take place in September,” said municipal spokesperson, Tumelo Tshabalala.

Sibahle National Disability is an NGO based in Oskraal

On Saturday the NGO launched the third annual Nappy Pad Fun Walk. The aim of the 5KM fun walk from Maboloka Taxi Rank to Maungo a Matsapa Lodge was to create awareness for the
country’s most marginalised and vulnerable group of people by educating the public on the circumstances and rights of people living with disabilities. Abled and disabled individuals from Oskraal, Letlhabile, Letlhakaneng and Maboloka were ferried to the walk’s starting point by Letlhabile Taxis and Thari buses. The fun walk was supported by The Aurum institute, Epilepsy SA, Letlhabile Police, Department of Social Development, Health and Education, Sport and Recreation, JGT Companies and Maungo a Matsapa Lodge. All the stakeholders spoke in one
voice saying: “Let disability lead”. Thutopele High School drum majorettes made sure the participants were entertained on the way. JGT Companies Mascot, Happy tickled their funny bones with his awesome dance moves. Half way to the finishing point (Maungo a Matsapa Lodge), participants were afforded a moment to rest and they were also supplied with water to avoid dehydration. Those who were not able to continue walking due to fatigue were taken in by mini bus taxis to the venue. At the venue the crowd was entertained by Setswana traditional dancers. Sibahle National Disability Project Director Bongi Nyathi, thanked everyone who took part. She stated the objective of the fun walk was to collect nappies and pads for people living with through different stakeholders and community members. Nyathi claimed through their
campaign they are also promoting hygiene. She concluded by urging the government, businesses and individuals to support their course. Community Policing Forum Executive Bongane Kunene, said in their door to door visits, they received complaints that some of the people living with disabilities were physically and emotionally abused. Kunene also warned against human trafficking. He said the killing of women by their spouses is also prevalent in Madibeng. Epilepsy SA Goodwill Phagane, stated epilepsy is wrongly associated with
myths. “When one suffers from epilepsy, his or her family would say the person is living under a
curse or a certain spell,” Phagane added. He said the condition is not discriminatory. “It does not care whether you are rich or poor,” he concluded. The Aurum institute Clinical Nurse Adviser Mmathapelo Peteke, contended HIV/AIDS is also prevalent in people living with disabilities. “They are infected because they are the most vulnerable part of our communities,” Peteke concluded. Good nutrition was overly emphasised on the day. Participants of the walk were fed with sandwiches, soup and oranges