Kruger National Park rangers have relocated 45 rhinos to areas they hope are safer from poachers.]]> |||
Skukuza - The rhino crashes forward, pounding the earth with its broad feet. Then, as a dart's sedative takes hold, it staggers and slouches to the ground, where South African rangers prepare to move the oversized beast by truck to an area they hope is safe from poachers.
Kruger National Park has conducted about 45 such captures since last month, part of a plan to create a stronghold within the country's flagship reserve where rhinos will get extra protection from poachers, many of whom cross from neighboring Mozambique and are slaughtering the animals in increasing numbers. Some rhinos were moved to other parks, and the relocation “experiment,” as rangers describe it, is likely to escalate next year.
Safe havens or buffer zones have been hotly debated over the years as a way to protect civilians in some of the world's major conflicts. South Africa is applying a variation of the idea to wildlife to try to stem surging demand for rhino horn. Some consumers in Asia, primarily Vietnam and China, view rhino horn as a status symbol and a healing agent despite a lack of evidence that it can cure. The horn is made of keratin, a protein also found in human fingernails.
The so-called “intensive protection zone” in the southern part of Kruger National Park took on new urgency when South Africa, home to 80 percent of the world's rhinos, announced Thursday that 1 020 rhinos have been poached so far in 2014, exceeding last year's record of 1 004.
About two-thirds of the rhinos poached this year died in Kruger, a park that's about the size of Israel and larger than the U.S. state of Connecticut. Poachers often dodge an overstretched force of 400 rangers as well as some military units that monitor the 350-kilometer (220-mile) border between Kruger and Mozambique, and they shoot rhinos just before sunset and scoot back to Mozambique under cover of night, according to rangers.
The protection zone encompasses about 5 000 square kilometers (1 900 square miles), or at least one-quarter of the park, and is already home to many of Kruger's roughly 10 000 rhinos - half the national population. Rhinos were reintroduced in southern Kruger in the 1960s after poachers had wiped them out.
The goal is “to basically ensure that you've got a foundation of animals that are secure and that you can use as a source population to take elsewhere,” said Markus Hofmeyr, head of veterinary services at Kruger park.
Kruger will focus aircraft, ranger teams and high-tech surveillance on the zone. The initiative is partly funded by American philanthropist Howard Buffett, a son of investor Warren Buffett who pledged nearly $24 million to Kruger's anti-poaching efforts. Howard Buffett has said some of the same methods used by the United States to monitor its border with Mexico will be used in Kruger, including aerostats - large, tethered balloons with infrared cameras that scan the landscape.
This week, journalists watched separate operations in which two rhinos were removed from poaching “hotspots” near the Mozambique border and loaded onto trucks for transfer to the protection zone. The animals were darted from a helicopter, which then flew low, herding them toward a road. Once the rhinos were subdued and blindfolded, rangers took blood and skin samples and installed a microchip in the horns as a way to identify Kruger's stock, all the while monitoring body temperature and even pouring water on one rhino to cool it.
The sedative must be strong enough to immobilize a rhino but weak enough so that the animal can, with men pushing and pulling it with a rope, walk into a crate. Hofmeyr said he can administer an injection that partly reverses the effect of the sedative.
Relocated rhinos have adapted well to their new home, said Dr. Sam Ferreira, a large mammal ecologist at Kruger.
He said: “It's like they're coming to a Saturday afternoon party.”
One person sustained minor injuries when the basket of a helium balloon at Montecasino in Fourways fell to the ground.]]> |||
Johannesburg - One person sustained minor injuries when a helium balloon at Montecasino, in Fourways, was involved in an accident, Aerial Displays said on Friday.
"During a test flight an unexpected and forceful gust of wind blew the Hyundai helium passenger balloon onto the tower of a building at Montecasino," company director Francis Chikasha said in a statement.
The gondola - the basket-like structure where passengers are placed -fell to the ground during the accident.
"The operator, who was the only person in the gondola, sustained minor injuries."
"The main cable which holds the balloon to the ground also remained intact."
However, the net of the balloon tore and the envelope - the material bag which is filled with helium - subsequently ruptured.
Photographs posted on Twitter showed the balloon detached from the gondola and floating in the sky before landing on the roof of what appeared to be a residential home.
"The incident is regrettable however, the purpose of a test flight is to ensure passenger safety," said Chikasha.
"We will be carrying out further investigations with the relevant authorities."
According to the official website for the Hyundai balloon, it is the largest on the continent and can carry a maximum of 30 people at a time.
A former police warrant was placed under house arrest for a year for his involvement in an assault on a naked man in Cape Town.]]> |||
Cape Town - A former police warrant officer with 25 years' experience, was placed under house arrest for a year on Friday for his involvement in an assault on a naked Nigerian man in a street in the Cape Town CBD in March.
Gerrit Januarie, 46, was also sentenced to two years' imprisonment, conditionally suspended for four years.
Cape Town District Court magistrate Moegamad Esau further sentenced him to two years' correctional supervision, during which time he must attend prison treatment and rehabilitation programmes, perform 200 hours of community service, and not consume alcohol.
Januarie pleaded guilty and was found guilty of assaulting the vagrant with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.
He initially appeared with his former colleague David Gunn, 53, who pleaded not guilty and will stand trial from February 17. Gunn is out on bail of R1500.
In March, a woman in a building in the Cape Town CBD made a cellphone recording of the alleged incident in the street below. The video clip was posted online and went viral on social media.
Gunn was dismissed from the police after disciplinary action, but Januarie resigned before disciplinary action could be taken against him.
According to the court record, Gunn and Januarie responded to a complaint of an attempted armed robbery at the Sky nightclub on the night of March 6. The owner alleged that a naked, homeless man, Clement Eneh, who was outside in the street, had tried to attack him with a small axe.
The State alleges that Gunn and Januarie hit and kicked the man, before bundling him into the back of their patrol vehicle.
“You and your co-accused completely lost yourselves,” Esau told Januarie.
According to defence attorney Jacqui Muller, the court had accepted that Januarie merely hit the man on the back of his neck with his elbow, and thus played a minor role in the incident.
Esau said violent crime in South Africa had reached endemic proportions, and that the community expected it to be severely punishment. He said Januarie had “thrown away” 25 years of service in the police, and that the prosecution and the defence had agreed that the circumstances did not justify a prison sentence.
Four people have died in a crash in Boksburg.]]> |||
Johannesburg - Four people died in a crash in Boksburg on Friday afternoon, said Ekurhuleni disaster and emergency services.
They were passengers in a vehicle which collided with a double-cab bakkie at the intersection of Middle and Rondebult roads in Boksburg at 2.10pm, spokesman William Ntladi said in a statement.
A rescue team arrived to find three people, including a three-month-old baby, trapped in the other vehicle, an Opel Corsa Lite, he said.
They used the Jaws-of-Life to reach them and provide them with medical treatment. The three were taken to the OR Tambo Memorial Hospital, in Boksburg.
A woman in the car was critically injured, the baby was in serious but stable condition, and the driver suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the Nissan Navara bakkie also had minor injuries and was taken to Sunward Park hospital.
The police had opened an inquest docket.
Ntladi said it appeared that the four people who died in the accident were from the same family.
Power cuts are scheduled to take place throughout the weekend, Eskom said.]]> |||
Johannesburg - Power cuts are scheduled to take place throughout the weekend, Eskom said on Friday afternoon.
“Load shedding will recommence again tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday at 9am in order to build up reserves for the week ahead,” it said in a statement.
It said there were a number of reasons for the cuts that began on Friday afternoon.
“The power system is extremely constrained... due to unforeseen technical problems at power stations, depleted water reserves at our peaking power stations, which use water to generate electricity, and depleted diesel reserves to fire up the open-cycle gas turbines.”
Load-shedding schedules were available to Eskom's direct customers on its website. Customers could also contact their call centre for additional information.
Earlier this month, a coal storage silo at the Majuba power station in Mpumalanga collapsed, resulting in widespread power cuts. The silo held more than 10 000 tons of coal and affected coal supplies to all six units at the power station.
An investigation is under way.
Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance MP Natasha Michael said in a statement that she had heard reports on Friday that there was “another cracked coal silo at Majuba”.
She said the party was concerned about what was really going on at Eskom.
“... There is no information publicly available that sheds light on what is really happening at Eskom,” she said.
Michael said the DA would institute a Promotion of Access to Information Act application to compel the public enterprises department to release information on the matter.
The NPA filed papers in response to Shrien Dewani's lawyers' heads of argument in an application for his discharge on charges of conspiring to kill his wife Anni.]]> |||
Cape Town - The NPA filed papers on Friday in response to British businessman Shrien Dewani's lawyers' heads of argument in an application for his discharge on charges of conspiring to kill his wife Anni.
“The State has filed its responding papers. We will now argue on Monday morning,” said NPA Western Cape spokesman Eric Ntabazalila.
Dewani's defence filed the papers on Wednesday.
The heads of argument will not be available to the media until the application is heard in open court.
On Monday, Francois van Zyl, for Dewani, said the defence intended making an application to Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso in terms of section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act.
Traverso said the application was provisionally set down to be heard on Monday, unless she needed more time to consider both arguments.
Section 174 provides that if, at the close of the prosecution's case, the court believes there is no evidence that the accused committed the offence, it may return a verdict of not guilty.
Dewani is on trial for allegedly plotting with taxi driver Zola Tongo and others to kill Anni while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping, murder, and defeating the ends of justice.
He claims the couple was hijacked while Tongo drove them through Gugulethu in his minibus on Saturday, November 13, 2010.
Tongo is serving an 18-year jail term and Mziwamadoda Qwabe 25 years.
Xolile Mngeni was serving life in jail for firing the shot that killed Anni, but died in prison from a brain tumour last month.
A teenager who allegedly shot dead a 15-year-old pupil and wounded another during a fight outside the school gate claims he was being attacked.]]> |||
A teenager who allegedly shot dead a 15-year-old pupil and wounded another during a fight outside a school gate last week claims he was being attacked when he fired the fatal shot.
The boy, a minor, told the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday that he would plead not guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder because he acted in self-defence.
He claims that one of the boys he shot had attacked him with a knife, while the other had assaulted him outside the primary school last week.
The teen indicated he would possibly plead guilty to the charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was remanded at a place of safety until December 4.
Prosecutor Rene Padayachee confirmed that the investigating officer still had to obtain a statement from the 15-year-old boy who is in a serious condition in hospital after being shot in the stomach.
Akhona Nakile, the other teen, was gunned down with a 9mm pistol.
Armed security officers deployed to guard eThekwini municipal employees and contractors are frequently attacked and robbed of their firearms.]]> |||
Armed security officers deployed to guard municipal employees and contractors while they performed routine maintenance were frequently attacked and robbed of their firearms, the eThekwini Municipality revealed on Thursday.
“This would appear to have been the motive behind this tragedy,” spokeswoman, Tozi Mthethwa, said of the killing of an Enforce Security Services guard on Tuesday.
Sibusiso Stanley Ngema, 45, was with a colleague protecting plumbing contractors working in KwaMashu when they were attacked by several gang members. One of them was wounded by Ngema, but the security guard, a former policeman who had joined Enforce just 19 days earlier, was shot five times and died at the scene.
The suspects fled, but were later apprehended by police during another gun battle at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, as they tried to rescue their injured accomplice.
Mthethwa told the Daily News on Thursday the two contract workers who were being guarded had been engaged by the eThekwini Water and Sanitation department, and not the electricity department, as previously reported.
“They were plumbers (hired) to provide service delivery in the region. Such plumbers are escorted by companies engaged in terms of a security tender. In this instance the service provider was Enforce Security.”
She said the attack had been motivated by the gang’s quest for weapons.
“We do not maintain statistics on this type of incident, but it can be said that they occur several times a year, but seldom with fatalities or injuries. In most armed robberies, the motive is to rob officers of their firearms,” Mthethwa said.
“Shootings normally only result when resistance is offered. These statistics are maintained by the SAPS.”
Two hundred and three thousand South Africans have told Public Protector Thuli Madonsela that they support her and her work.]]> |||
Durban - Two hundred and three thousand South Africans have told Public Protector Thuli Madonsela that they support her and the work she is doing.
They took part in a social media online “march” to show their support, while others involved in another campaign took “selfies” of themselves holding up messages of support.
Some of the selfie messages were compiled into a book and presented to Madonsela at the Durban ICC on Thursday night, where hundreds of Rotarians feted her and gave her a standing ovation.
The social media online march was organised by Di Smith and Nikita Stanley of Awesome South Africa, a non-profit organisation.
“We thought in view of the amount of criticism and difficulties facing the public protector, it would be wonderful to show her that ordinary South Africans supported her,” Smith explained.
The campaign, run on Facebook and Twitter, invited people to send the same message.
And there was more praise for Madonsela at the ICC when the hosts, the Rotary Club of Durban North, bestowed the lifetime Paul Harris Fellowship award on her for championing ethics. Named after the founder, the Paul Harris Fellowship is the highest honour the international service organisation can bestow.
Madonsela said while she was the “face” of the public protector’s office, there were about 400 staff in 20 offices around the country who went beyond the call of duty and investigated every case as it if involved their own grandmother.
“Often, we are asked if we are not being used to settle political scores,” she told her audience.
“Our answer is always the same and it is that it does not matter who lodged the complaint because we look at whether there is anything to investigate at all.
“We follow a simple formula. We ask what happened and what should have happened: is there a discrepancy between what happened and what should have happened? If there is, can we call it maladministration? If so, how do we rectify it.”
She said it might come as a surprise to many that the majority of public servants were good human beings. But the ones “who mess up, mess up so badly … and we tend to judge our institutions by these people,” she said.
The wife of an eThekwini Municipality councillor had her chain ripped off her neck after directing her husband into a parking bay.]]> |||
Durban - The wife of an eThekwini Municipality councillor had her chain ripped off her neck after directing her husband into a parking bay in Dr Pixley kaSeme (West) Street on Wednesday.
Andre Mitchell, 68, the councillor for Queensburgh (Ward 63) and his wife, Hannie, 64, had stopped near a surfing shop when the drama unfolded.
“I was reversing the car into a parking space in front of the St Moritz building in John Milne Road. Hannie got off and stood behind the car to direct me in safely. Once I was done, she stepped off the pavement and stood at the back of the car to get something from the boot,” he said.
Three teenagers walked up to her and one of them pulled the gold chain from behind.
A tavern owner called the police, but by then the robber had fled.
Surf shop owner, Mike Lamont, called it yet another brazen CBD robbery.
The Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality has started cutting power at the request of Eskom.]]> |||
Johannesburg - The Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality started cutting power on Friday, at the request of Eskom.
“The municipality has been requested to reduce its load by at least 150MW and will be switching off various areas to meet this requirement,” said municipal spokesman Themba Gadebe.
“Residents are urged to treat all electrical network points and equipment as electrically alive at all times,” he said.
The schedules for when the cuts will take place were on the municipality's website.
On Friday afternoon, Eskom started with scheduled blackouts that it said would continue until 8pm.
On Thursday, Eskom said the power system was severely constrained as a result of unforeseen technical problems at power stations.
The fight to keep a 3-year-old Saint Bernard on Mt Edgecombe Country Club Estate will head to the Supreme Court of Appeal.]]> |||
Durban - The fight to keep a 3-year-old Saint Bernard on the plush Mt Edgecombe Country Club Estate will head to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).
On Thursday the owners of 75kg Theodore said they would approach the SCA to appeal Judge Peter Olsen’s decision this week in the Pietermaritzburg High Court to turn down their leave to appeal against his earlier judgment which ordered them to remove the dog within three months from the estate.
“The fight continues,” Edward Abraham, Theodore’s owner said on Thursday.
“We have come this far and we are not just going to give up. I think we were unlucky not to get leave to appeal and I just don’t understand it. Theodore has been with us far too long and we will not just give up on him. He is an integral part of our family,” he said.
Edward and his mother, Pathmasolahani Abraham, took the estate to court in 2012 when they were refused permission to keep Theodore on the property.
Judge Olsen handed down a judgment in September, siding with the golf estate.
The judge ordered at that time that the Abrahams remove Theodore from the estate within three months.
Following the judgment, the Abrahams launched the application for leave to appeal against the decision.
Advocate Kemp J Kemp, representing the Abrahams, submitted that his clients should be allowed to keep the dog at the luxury estate.
The estate only allows non-aggressive breeds of dog that do not exceed 20kg when fully grown.
Kemp argued that the estate’s management association erred in its decision to remove Theodore, especially since there were other residents who had dogs larger than 20kg.
The legal team for the estate argued that the Abrahams had signed a written agreement to abide by the rules of the estate when they moved in, in 2002, and should have challenged at that time whether the rules governing dogs were reasonable.
Judge Olsen agreed and found that there were no grounds on which to appeal his judgment.
The Abrahams’ application for leave to appeal was dismissed.
In terms of Judge Olsen’s original judgment, Theodore will have to be removed from the estate by the end of the year.
Court sheriff visits Gauteng health department to attach furniture following a R6 million medical negligence lawsuit]]> |||
Johannesburg - A court sheriff arrived at the Gauteng health department on Friday to attach furniture following a R6 million medical negligence lawsuit, the Democratic Alliance said.
“But, there were negotiations and the department made an undertaking to pay by the end of Monday, so now they have left,” DA MPL Jack Bloom said.
“But why do furniture removal people have to arrive before they pay?”
Department spokesman Prince Hamnca could not immediately be reached for comment.
This followed a ruling by the High Court in Johannesburg that the department pay Matshidiso Matlawa R6.1m after her daughter became brain-damaged at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital due to a lack of oxygen when she was born five years ago.
Gary Austin, for the family, confirmed to Sapa that he was at the department's offices on Friday morning while the Sheriff was there.
“At 12.30pm, we got a written undertaking from Treasury that they will pay the money, the full amount, on Monday,” he told Sapa.
“So right now, the furniture has been attached but not removed. That list of assets that is attached, they can't do anything with it, as they are under legal attachment.”
Bloom said the list included 800 chairs, 600 desks, 400 computers, 100 filing cabinets, and 60 printers.
In a statement, Bloom demanded that Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu pay what the department owed.
“Pay the money. Otherwise furniture from her own personal office must be removed first,” he said.
Popular Cape Town breakfast spot Arnold’s on Kloof will never be the same after Arnold himself was killed in a crash.]]> |||
Cape Town - Popular breakfast spot Arnold’s on Kloof – an 18-year-old institution in Cape Town – will never be the same to its regulars after Arnold himself was killed in a road accident on Wednesday.
Arnold Bettendorf, 56, was on his way home on the N1 when he was in a fatal scooter accident, said his son Ben Bettendorf.
The freak accident caused massive traffic delays after a lane on the N1 outbound had to be closed.
According to information shared by @PublicServantWC, the driver of an Audi clipped a brick in the road. The brick flew into the front wheel of Arnold’s scooter, causing it to lose control and crash.
Arnold’s foodie legacy lives on though, as his son has taken over running of the restaurant.
“The restaurant is going to stay open,” Ben said. “It’s what he would have wanted. He wouldn’t close it for hell or high water.”
Arnold opened the restaurant 18 years ago, and it has since become a favourite for Capetonians looking for a good breakfast on trendy Kloof Street.
He started working in the hospitality industry in 1972 in Trier, Germany, as an apprentice. After that he travelled and worked in Berlin, London, Joburg and finally Cape Town, according to his profile on the Arnold’s website.
Arnold wrote that his inspiration came from “people around me that are positive, laugh a lot and do not take themselves too seriously. Last, not least of course my family.”
Loyal Arnold’s customers tweeted their condolences to his family.
@Bheki_D said: “Arnold of Arnolds! You’ll always be remembered!”
@Johan_Nivvy said: “Condolences to the entire Bettendorf family. What a great person may he rest in peace. LeTour won’t be the same at Arnies”.
A robber hijacked a car and escaped while his accomplices were engaged in a daring lunchtime shoot-out with police.]]> |||
Durban - An armed robber hijacked a car and escaped while his accomplices were engaged in a daring lunchtime shoot-out with police in Durban on Thursday.
Two of the gang members were shot and arrested near Nandi Drive, north of Durban.
The shoot-out happened in a busy industrial area, in full view of workers, some of whom pointed out a gunman who had been hiding from police.
Two guns – an AK-47 rifle and a 9mm pistol – were recovered at the scene in Kubu Avenue. Police are still searching for one of the suspects.
A Durban Flying Squad crew were conducting routine crime prevention duties when their suspicions were raised by a red VW Golf with three occupants in the Effingham area, police spokesman, Major Thulani Zwane, said.
Tyron Powell of Marshall security said metro police and SAPS started to track the Golf that had earlier been hijacked at 1.15pm in the uMhlanga area. Police pursued it through Briardene and Effingham before it crashed.
“Police gave chase. The men in the car began shooting at the police while driving through Hippopark Avenue. Police returned fire,” Zwane said.
The Golf turned into Kubu Avenue at high speed, according to workers in a nearby factory who had heard the shots.
A heavy duty truck exiting a warehouse was making a wide turn into Kubu Avenue when the Golf tried to squeeze past.
It collided with the truck and the occupants of the car got out and shot at the police, who returned fire, Zwane said.
One of the suspects was shot in the back, the other in the leg.
Regan Stander said he was at the entrance to his workplace when he heard four shots. He took cover before more shots went off.
Stander said he saw the men jump out of the car, split up and run into different business premises along the road.
“We pointed police to where they were hiding.”
Two suspects ran into a business park where Lee-Ann Whyte works in one of the offices.
She said one of the suspects hijacked a man in the parking lot and drove off. Another jumped over a fence and fled into bushes, but police arrested him a short while later.
“We heard the gunshots and when I came out we saw two men running into the parking lot and trying to find a place to hide.”
Truck owner Alan McAslan said the driver and his assistant were unhurt in the drama.
“A chunk of the front right tyre thread came off and the wheel arch beading was damaged,” he said.
He said his truck transports hazardous chemicals but, “thankfully”, it was empty.
Zwane said the Golf had been hijacked at The Crescent shopping centre in uMhlanga. Men wearing balaclavas and blue overalls hijacked a 31-year-old woman and her family, he said.
On Thursday, workers at the Mercedes Benz dealership in Hippo Road found gloves, a jacket and a balaclava near a fence where one of the suspects had tried to jump over.
Zwane said the two arrested men, aged 25 and 32, would appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court as soon as they were discharged from hospital.
They have been charged with attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms as well as ammunition and they would also be linked to the uMhlanga hijacking, he said
A convicted murderer, who had been working at a Durban school while on parole, has been charged with the rape of two girls.]]> |||
Durban - A convicted murderer from Chatsworth who has been working at a Durban school under a different name and tutoring schoolchildren on the side, while on parole, has been charged with the rape of two girls, a 7-year-old and 13-year-old.
But the 32-year-old accused, who made headlines in the high-profile murder of a prominent Durbanite several years ago, failed to appear in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
He had apparently not responded when his name was called at Westville Prison, where he is being held in custody.
The court ordered that he now be “requisitioned” from prison for his next court appearance.
The accused, who cannot be named until he has pleaded, was a teenager when he confessed to the murder of a well-known figure in 2002. He served eight years of a 20-year sentence, was paroled in 2010, and, until recently, was working as a teacher at a local school under a different name.
According to the charge sheet, the rape offences took place in Chatsworth in August.
A reliable police source told the Daily News that members of a specialist unit had received complaints from two families. The parents were unaware of the man’s past.
They said he had been giving their children extra lessons at his and their homes when, it is alleged, the crimes took place. The children were subsequently taken to RK Khan Hospital to be examined by the district surgeon.
The police went to the man’s Chatsworth home on October 23 to arrest him after charges were lodged. But they were told he had fled. His mother told police he had been living in the Northern Cape.
The source said he returned a week later and handed himself to a Department of Correctional Services’ parole office. He has been held in custody since, after allegedly breaking the conditions of his parole.
When asked by magistrate Dorcas Khuzwayo on Thursday about the whereabouts of the accused who was supposed to be in the dock, State prosecutor Owen Subban said: “The accused is not responding to his name on the court roll when the prisoners are asked to leave in the morning and as a result he has failed to appear.”
The unimpressed magistrate asked for the man to be specifically requested from prison and warned that he would have to appear at his next court date.
The man had been working as a teacher at a Durban school until recently under a different name. His contract with the school had recently been terminated.
The matter was adjourned to later this month.
Two-year-old girl found with horrific injuries including cigarette burns and bruises all over her face and body.]]> |||
Durban - A 55-year-old woman has been arrested for the abuse and murder of a 2-year-old girl, believed to be her grandchild, in Havenside, Chatsworth on Thursday.
Havenside ward councillor, Brandon Pillay, said neighbours had told him the grandmother had called the neighbours for help after she found the child was not breathing.
“The child was found with brutal injuries. She could have either been tied up or twisted on her arms.
“She also had cigarette burns. She was swollen all over her face, head, and hands. Many parts of her body were swollen and with bruises,” Pillay said.
She was declared dead by paramedics early on Thursday, said police spokesman, Major Thulani Zwane.
“Circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated,” he said.
The woman was expected to appear in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court soon to face charges of murder.
The child had been living with her grandmother and two other grandchildren.
Pillay said the surviving children, who looked like they too had been victims of abuse, had been taken to a place of safety and for counselling.
“Everyone is shocked.... There is anger in the community and they want to make sure justice is done. They will protest (during court appearance) and I have made contacts with the MEC of Social Development (Weziwe Thusi) to investigate,” Pillay said.
Police said they were waiting for post-mortem results to determine the cause of the toddler’s death.
Anyone with information should contact the Bayview police investigating officers, Detective Warrant Officer Kevin Nair, at 083 787 6709 or 031 405 7214 or Captain S Naidu at 082 411 6387 or 031 405 7204.
Non-urgent surgery at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital have been cancelled because of a lack of anaesthetic drugs, the DA said.]]> |||
Johannesburg - Non-urgent surgery at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital have been cancelled because of a lack of anaesthetic drugs, the DA said on Friday.
“A dire shortage of anaesthetic drugs has this week forced the cancellation of most non-urgent surgery at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital,” Gauteng Democratic Alliance health spokesman Jack Bloom said in a statement.
Bloom said other Gauteng hospitals were facing similar shortages, but the Gauteng health department had not acknowledged the “looming crisis”.
“The blame lies with the national health department because of the late award of national pharmaceutical tenders as well as the removal from contracts of certain coded medicines,” he said.
Gauteng should use the same measures that the Western Cape health department had implemented to alleviate the problem, he said.
Health department spokesman Prince Hamnca was not available for comment.
A multi-million rand biorepository where specimens for HIV-related cancers will be stored for research has been opened by Stellenbosch University.]]> |||
Cape Town - A multi-million rand biorepository where specimens for HIV-related cancers will be stored for research has been opened by Stellenbosch University, it said on Friday.
It was opened at Tygerberg Hospital by the university's division of anatomical pathology, spokeswoman Mandi Barnard said in a statement.
The facility would process and store specimens and make them available free of charge to African researchers and their collaborators.
“One of the goals of the biorepository is to build capacity in Africa and stimulate research on HIV-related cancer that will benefit Africa and its people,” said the university's Prof Johann Schneider.
Research on HIV-related cancers was on the increase, as people living with HIV were more prone to develop certain cancers, and these cancers presented differently in HIV-positive patients.
A grant of R12.5 million had been received from the National Cancer Institute for the installation and management of the Sub-Saharan African Regional Biospecimen Repository.
Prof Sylvia Silver of the George Washington University in the US oversaw the installation of behalf of the Aids and Cancer Specimen Resource.
Andile Lili's claim that the ANC's Western Cape leadership was involved in his shooting is “irresponsible”, the party said.]]> |||
Cape Town - Ses'khona People's Rights Movement leader Andile Lili's claim that the ANC's Western Cape leadership was involved in his shooting is “irresponsible”, the party in the province said on Friday.
“The ANC unequivocally rejects the irresponsible statements made by Andile Lili that accuses the ANC leadership... of directly or indirectly being involved and or responsible for his unfortunate shooting incident,” ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile said in a statement.
If he knew who was responsible for the shooting, he should tell the police, the party said.
Lili, a former Cape Town city councillor, was shot earlier this month while sitting in his car outside his home in Themba Mazibuko Road, Makhaza, Cape Town.
According to the Cape Argus on Friday, Lili claimed a senior provincial ANC member planned his assassination at a Gugulethu pub the night before he was shot.
However, the member, whose name was known to the paper, rejected the claim.
Lili reportedly accused the ANC member of hiring two hitmen who shot at him four times.
As Lili emerged from hospital on Thursday he was met by an enthusiastic crowd of about 500 supporters, the newspaper reported, adding that he told them about the night of the shooting and said he could identify the two men involved.
He also was quoted as saying a senior ANC member and others had spent the evening before the shooting “sitting at Corner Lounge discussing my killing, the whole night”.
Lili reportedly claimed that earlier on the day of the shooting the senior member had held a press conference, accusing Ses’khona of sending threatening SMSes.
“(He) said he had ways of dealing with the alleged threatening SMSes that he had received from Ses’khona. Once you utter that statement you must be perceived as the prime suspect,” Lili was quoted as saying.