Sanele Goodness May is due to appear in the Durban High Court over the Fields Hill crash that killed 24 people.]]> |||
A Swazi national whose lorry ploughed into four minibus taxis, killing 24 people in Pinetown, was scheduled to appear in the Durban High Court on Wednesday.
During his last appearance in August, the court heard that Sanele Goodness May may consider a plea bargain.
On the evening of September 5 last year, at the height of rush-hour traffic, his truck smashed into four minibus taxis and two cars at an intersection at the bottom of Fields Hill.
Twenty-two people were killed at the scene. Two died later in hospital.
May has been in custody ever since and was previously denied bail in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court.
He initially faced 24 counts of murder, but this was changed to 24 culpable homicide charges. - Sapa]]>
Three men appeared in the Vosloorus District Court for allegedly being in possession of around five tons of perlemoen.]]> |||
Johannesburg - Three men appeared in the Vosloorus District Court for allegedly being in possession of around five tons of perlemoen, a senior prosecutor said on Tuesday.
“The three accused did appear in court. They were kept in custody and (the matter was) postponed to September 22 for bail application,” senior prosecutor Henk Strydom said.
For the purposes of bail, the matter would be heard at the district court, and following that, the matter would be transferred to the Vosloorus Regional Court where it would remain for finalisation.
On Saturday, Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago of the Ekurhuleni metro police said it appeared the men, Chinese nationals, were arrested at a house in Lemoen Street in Boksburg.
Frozen and dried perlemoen valued around R3 million were found in the house, which was equipped with large freezers, gas cylinders and various chemicals believed to be used to process the protected marine molluscs.
“The three arrested men, whose ages are 20, 23 and 27, and with apparently dodgy work permits, were charged with possession and dealing in an endangered species at Dawn Park police station,” Kgasago said.
An alleged robber was killed in a shoot-out with police in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg.]]> |||
Johannesburg - An alleged robber was killed in a shoot-out with police in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, on Tuesday, said police.
He and another man were alleged to have robbed a spaza shop, said Warrant Officer Daniel Mavimbela.
“They fled with cash, cigarettes, airtime and the shop owner's cellphone,” said Mavimbela.
Police gave chase and one of the men took out a gun and began firing.
“An officer reacted quicker and... shot the suspect on the upper body. The suspect went on to collapse in an open veld,” said Mavimbela.
He man died on the scene.
The other suspect ran into the informal settlement but was apprehended.
All the stolen items, including the gun and ammunition, were recovered.
“The remaining suspect will be charged with business robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition,” said Mavimbela.
The man was expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court soon.
The NPA has welcomed the life sentence imposed on a 51-year-old man who raped his friend's daughter.]]> |||
Pitermaritzburg - The NPA on Tuesday welcomed the life sentence imposed on a 51-year-old man who raped his friend's daughter.
The man, Joseph Khulise, was sentenced in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court on Tuesday.
Khulise raped the girl in 2011. She was 10 years old at the time, said National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube.
“She was at his home, visiting her friend when she suffered an epileptic attack,” said Mncube.
Khulise told her that she should stay over and insisted that the girl and his daughter share the bed with him.
“During the course of the night, when his daughter was fast asleep, the accused raped the complainant,” Mncube said in a statement.
The girl reported the incident to her grandmother two weeks later.
In a victim impact statement the child told the court: “I could not sleep when he had done this to me as it was painful.
“He should not have done that because I was a child. A child should not feel such a painful thing.”
The prosecutor, Mariam Aboobaker, had called for a life sentence for Khulise, stating that he showed no remorse.
She also argued that the accused had failed to show that substantial and compelling circumstances for a lighter sentence existed.
Negotiations for a plea bargain are progressing for a woman and two men allegedly involved in a spending sprees using cloned bank cards.]]> |||
Cape Town - Negotiations for a plea bargain were progressing for a woman and two men allegedly involved in a spending sprees using cloned bank cards, the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Cape Town heard on Tuesday.
Anushka Rossi, 29, of Lansdowne, and two men, Ashley Knight, 25, and Lungisana Cezula, 23, appeared before magistrate Sabrina
Sonnenberg, who remanded the three to September 23.
Knight and Cezula were arrested after a high speed chase with police.
A search of their car produced an illegal skimming device, which captures data on bank cards in the cloning process.
Prosecutor Juan Agulhas alleges that Cezula used the alias of Siyabonga Magongana at the time of his arrest.
He allegedly had in his possession a number of bank and gift cards and R5393 in cash, as well as invoices relating to a number of fraudulent purchases made with the cloned cards.
It is alleged that Rossi is involved in two separate cases involving fraudulent spending sprees and that while she was out on warning in the first case, she went on a second, similar, spree.
Defence attorney Keith Gess told the court her two cases are to be combined with the case involving Knight and Cezula.
In Rossi's first case, she faces 260 counts, including fraud and violations of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, and the Identification Act.
The first spree lasted only three months, from April to June 2012, and involves R229 865.
This alleged spree started at Monte Casino at Fourways, The Baron in Sandton and The Pilgrims Trading Store at the OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, before she moved to Cape Town.
In Cape Town, some of her numerous alleged victims are listed in the charge sheet as the Cape Town Fish Market restaurant, the Mugg and Bean restaurant at Cape Town International Airport, various Pick n Pay outlets, the M-Kem Pharmacy in Cape Town, Foschini, Cash Crusaders, Clicks, the Farmhouse Hotel in Langebaan, Panarottis, KFC, Sheet Street, and Mitchell's Brewery at the V&A Waterfront.
She also visited the Goudini Spar in Rawsonville, and made several purchases at Midmar Liquors outlets.
In the second spree, while she was out on warning in the first case, she used the alias of Mrs A Anthony, in a fraudulent transaction involving Cash Crusaders.
In the case involving her and the two men, all three are charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, five counts of fraud, 61 of fraudulent possession of bank cards, and seven violations of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act.
Rossi alone also faces a charge involving the Identification Act.
The three are in custody, and were expected to appear in court again on September 23.
Classes would not resume at the Tshwane University of Technology as scheduled by the institution's management, TUT's suspended SRC said.]]> |||
Pretoria - Classes would not resume at the Tshwane University of Technology as scheduled by the institution's management, TUT's suspended SRC said on Tuesday.
The university had said it expected students back in classes on Wednesday following several days of violent strike action.
Secretary General of the Student Representative Council, Signified Tivana said that would not happen as the management had not yet resolved the students' issues.
“There won't be any classes tomorrow. It is a lie from a pit of hell that students will return to class,” he said.
“Whoever comes to the campus will be there to join the strike.
“Students will only go back to classes once the management addresses the students' concerns and readmits SRC members that were suspended,” Tivana said.
TUT announced on Monday that it had served the SRC with suspension letters on Sunday.
University spokeswoman, Willa de Ruyter said the suspensions would be for the remainder of the term.
Academic activities were disrupted at the institution's Ga-Rankuwa and Pretoria campuses last week.
Student were protesting against the lack of funds in the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.
De Ruyter on Monday said they were concerned about time wasted as the end of the academic year drew closer.
Tivana said the SRC shared the same concerns.
He claimed that a recovery plan was necessary and students were prepared to lose their September holidays to ensure that all their modules were completed ahead of the exams.
“We are prepared to push the semester to December if we can,” he said.
Tivana said some students were continuing with their studies with the assistance of tutors.
Meanwhile, several students were injured when they clashed with police on Tuesday, said Tivana.
“Five students were badly injured and are hospitalised after they were shot with rubber bullets. One of them was said to have been shot with a real bullet,” said Tivana.
He claimed that many others suffered minor injuries.
The students took to the streets after learning that the SRC had been suspended, said Tivana.
“The students were carrying sticks and bricks but they never threw them. They never provoked the police,” he said.
The core of the unrest stemmed from the fact that management was not willing to engage with the students, said Tivana.
“We do apologise for any inconvenience caused by this strike,” he said.
De Ruyter and the police were not immediately available to comment on the matter.
A collection of prized paintings by one of South Africa's foremost and prolific artists, Irma Stern, go under the hammer next month.]]> |||
Johannesburg - A collection of prized paintings by one of South Africa's foremost and prolific artists, Irma Stern, go under the hammer in London next month, a British auction house announced Tuesday.
Bonhams London will on October 1 auction eleven paintings with a combined estimated value of £2.3 ($3.7) million during its biannual South African sale.
The collection dated between 1925 to 1957 “provides a succinct cross-section of her career,” according to Hannah O'Leary, head of South African Art at Bonhams.
It includes “exotic portraits, sumptuous still lifes and vibrant landscapes painted in Zanzibar, Italy and... South Africa.”
Born to German-Jewish parents in the Transvaal in 1894, the award-winning Stern died in Cape Town in 1966.
She is ranked among some of South Africa's top-selling artists of all times.
A man was shot and killed in his home on the corner of Tuna Street and 8th Avenue in Valhalla Park in Cape Town.]]> |||
Cape Town - A man was shot and killed in his home on the corner of Tuna Street and 8th Avenue in Valhalla Park in Cape Town on Tuesday morning, Western Cape police said.
“It is alleged that three unidentified suspects entered his residence and randomly shot at him,” Captain FC van Wyk said.
“The victim died due to the extent of his injuries. A murder docket has been registered. No one has been arrested as yet.”
Western Cape community safety MEC describes rioting, stone throwing and violence in Grabouw as organised guerrilla-type tactics.]]> |||
Grabouw - Western Cape community safety MEC on Tuesday described the rioting, stone throwing and violence in Grabouw as organised guerrilla-type tactics that were causing the police frustration and made their task of restoring order very difficult.
Speaking at a section of the N2 in Grabouw that had been blocked off by police, Plato said he had decided to visit the area to see first-hand what was happening.
“According to our information there are three large groups responsible for the violence in Grabouw and moving in different directions to cause problems,” he told a Sapa correspondent.
“This is a headache for the police and causing endless frustration.”
He said African National Congress leaders were also at the scene.
Plato spoke to Overberg ANC regional leader, Wilfred Herman, about looking for a solution.
“A meeting will be held at the Grabouw police station later this afternoon to determine exactly what the reasons behind the rioting are.
“I hope we will find a way to end the violence before tonight,” said Plato.
Plato asked Herman to invite John Michels and Margaret le Roux, chairman and secretary of the Grabouw Civic Organisation (GCO) to the meeting.
They were the main organisers of the service delivery protests on Monday.
Michels denied any involvement in the riots.
A police team of negotiators were also ready to attend the meeting.
“I will not necessarily attend as I do not want to be seen to be interfering,” Plato said.
As Plato was speaking, about 30 police officers formed a line along the N2 standing individually at intervals from the Eskom turnoff at Pineview North to a bend just before The Orchards Farm Stall.
Two Nyalas were patrolling the highway.
Rubber bullets and teargas was being fired at regular intervals to prevent stone throwers from returning to the N2.
At one stage a stun grenade was also used.
The SA National Roads Agency Limited's teams of road workers were trying to clear the debris of rock and burning tyres left from the morning's protests.
After the police fought back around 1000 protesters gathered on a hill in the Siteview township not far from the N2.
They were shouting insults at police, throwing stones, chanting, and toy-toying.
Another large group had gathered on a steep hill right next to the N2 close to The Orchards Farm Stall.
They were stoning the police and the Nyalas as they passed on the N2 below them.
Some of them had makeshift plastic shields to defend themselves against the rubber bullets.
A motorist in Somerset West who travelled from Hermanus said the traffic on the road from Kleinmond was chaotic.
“It is the only road we can use because of the closure at Grabouw.
“It is taking us hours longer to get to our destination. The road is crowded with trucks and most of the time we were driving at about 20 km/h,” he said.
“We need these children not to be hidden behind walls. They need to be smiling just like other ‘normal’ children.”]]> |||
Cape Town - After a difficult pregnancy with their first child, followed by six miscarriages in four years, including twins born at 26 weeks, Willie and Annerie Pienaar were relieved and delighted when their second daughter was about to be born at term.
As soon as they found out that Annerie was pregnant, Willie advised her to give up her job as a warehouse manager so she could take things easy at home.
The day their daughter, Karli, was born five months ago, the couple was so ready to give her a special welcome that Willie sold his motorbike so his wife could deliver her in a private facility because they didn’t have medical aid.
But to their shock and disappointment, Karli was not the perfect baby they had imagined. She had a cleft lip - a deformity which had not shown up on the 4D scan Annerie had during the pregnancy.
“When I heard from doctors that she had a cleft lip, I didn’t know what to think,” said Annerie. “I think I panicked and I was a bit disappointed…
“I was happy that for the first time I was giving birth at full term and everything with the pregnancy had gone well, but I saw the cleft lip as a negative thing. For me it felt like Karli was broken. I started to think about friends’ babies who had cleft lips… the ordeal they went through and all the operations their babies needed.”
At the weekend the little girl had a life-changing operation at Vincent Pallotti Hospital to close her cleft lip.
The operation, which the hospital performed for free as part of its corporate social responsibility, is thanks to Operation Smile and the Cipla Foundation initiative that performs surgery on children with facial problems.
Through its fund-raising project for the surgeries known as Cipla Miles for Smiles Mad Run, the foundation has been hosting more than seven teams who have been running 37km each day around Table Mountain in the past week.
Karli is one of the seven children who will have corrective surgeries as a result of the fund-raising drive.
Adva Brivik, programme co-ordinator for Operation Smile, said although cleft lip and palate abnormalities were not life-threatening, they caused psychological scars. Surgery on these children went a long way towards addressing this.
“Not only do these children struggle to feed, but because they look different they often get teased, especially by other children. In some cases parents also feel ashamed of them because they are not considered pretty enough. Without surgery they can be discriminated against throughout their lives… even in the job market.”
Through the help of dedicated medical volunteers, who in the past eight years have done more than 220 000 surgical procedures to children in different parts of the world, the organisation has helped bring back smiles.
Brivik said a cleft lip and palate was the fourth most common birth defect - affecting one in every 700 children.
“We need these children not to be hidden behind walls. They need to be smiling just like other children who are considered normal,” she said.
Although the Pienaars were nervous about the baby’s surgery, they had no doubts about going ahead.
“As her parents we’ve become used to her looking the way she does, and we love her, but we know that when she grows up she will be made to feel different. We don’t want her to go through that ordeal. We wanted her to be fixed before she starts going to school and mixing with other children. We want the best for our daughter.”
Sun worshippers may have started celebrating the onset of summer just a little bit too soon..]]> |||
Johannesburg - Sun worshippers may have started celebrating the onset of summer just a little bit too soon as another cold front is set to hit Gauteng.
“We’re going to have strong winds ahead of a cold front on Wednesday and Thursday… by Friday the cold front will be here,” SA Weather Service forecaster Edwin Thema said on Tuesday morning.
From Wednesday the cold front is expected to make its way from the Western Cape up to Gauteng.
Thema said Friday’s temperatures are expected to drop to maximums of 27°C in Pretoria and 23°C in Vereeniging.
By Sunday, temperatures are expected to drop to 24°C and 21°C respectively.
Thema said the weather over the weekend is expected to be partly cloudy and cool.
Ex-ANCYL official Jacob Lebogo appeared in court for allegedly shooting current league leader Boy Mamabolo and three others.]]> |||
Polokwane - Former ANCYL official Jacob Lebogo appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for allegedly shooting current youth league leader Boy Mamabolo and three others, Limpopo police said.
“The case has been postponed,” Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.
“He is still in custody and he did not plead.”
Lebogo's case was postponed to Thursday for a formal bail application.
He is facing four counts of attempted murder.
Lebogo, who is the former African National Congress Youth League Limpopo secretary, handed himself over to police in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
“The suspect was accompanied by his lawyer when he handed himself over in the early hours of this (Tuesday) morning,” Mulaudzi said.
He said Mamabolo was still in hospital in a serious but stable condition.
The three others, who were apparently Mamabola's friends, were treated at hospital and released.
Mulaudzi said the incident happened around 9pm on Sunday at a Metro FM event in Polokwane.
Mamabolo is a former friend of Julius Malema, who was sacked as president of the ANCYL, and became leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters.
Mamabolo faces 72 fraud charges related to his chairmanship of the Limpopo Geographical Names Committee.
He was also embroiled in a court battle with Malema last year over a threatening text message he allegedly sent to Malema.
In the sms, Mamabolo allegedly wrote that he would exhume the body of Malema's mother and take her remains to Malema's grandmother's home in Seshego.
This was apparently in retaliation for Malema allegedly sending his allies to seduce Mamabolo's girlfriend.
Malema took him to court over the sms but the crimen injuria case against Mamabolo was provisionally struck off the roll last year.
A Cape Town court viewed footage of a police agent in action to trap an alleged corrupt police official involved in drug trafficking.]]> |||
Cape Town - The Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court viewed video footage on Tuesday of a police agent in action to trap an alleged corrupt police official involved in drug trafficking.
The footage showed two transactions taking place, the first in November 2011 involving five grams of tik for R800, at the Nando's Chicken outlet in Grassy Park in Cape Town, and the second, the next month, involving 10 grams for R2 000, at a petrol station.
Prosecutor Simon Leope alleged police constable Ricardo Abrahams, at the time based at the Grassy Park police station, assured the agent that it would be no problem to obtain tik for the agent, posing as a drug peddler.
Abrahams has pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Sabrina
Sonnenberg to two counts of corruption and two of dealing in drugs.
In the second transaction, the tik had to be delivered to the agent before Christmas of that year.
Abrahams again told the agent the second deal would be no problem, and that he would use a police patrol vehicle with blue flashing lights to stop a vehicle carrying drugs.
This was to happen while Abrahams was off duty, the agent said.
The agent called Abrahams on December 19 of that year, and the transaction was arranged for the next day.
The agent said he was given R2400 for the transaction, of which R400 was to be Abrahams's reward.
However, instead of the scenario involving the patrol vehicle with blue lights, the agent had to meet Abrahams at a cemetery.
The agent said: “While I waited at the cemetery, an unknown man in a white Corolla arrived and said Abrahams had sent him to give me the tik.”
The man introduced himself as Linny, who turned out to be a druglord.
The agent added: “I told him I don't know what he's talking about, and I then called Abrahams who said not to worry as Linny was the main man.”
Later that day, Abrahams arrived in a patrol vehicle and the agent followed him to a petrol station where Linny gave the agent the 10 grams of tik in exchange for the R2000.
Soon afterwards, the agent met Abrahams in a side street, where he gave Abrahams his R400 reward.
The case continues on Thursday when the agent is to be cross-examined by defence attorney Dieter Oosthuizen.
Criminal charges were laid against protesters in Grabouw following the closure of five schools in the area because of protests.]]> |||
Cape Town - Criminal charges were laid against protesters in Grabouw on Tuesday following the closure of five schools in the area because of protests, Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schäfer said.
“I would like to strongly condemn the violent action in the Grabouw area that has led to (a) concerning disruption in our schools,” she said in a statement.
“As a result of this action, five schools within Grabouw have been officially closed.”
The schools included Kathleen Murray Primary School, Pineview Primary School, Groenberg High School, Umyezo Wama Apile High School, and Umyezo Wama Apile Primary School.
Other schools reporting low attendance included Grabouw High School, De Rust Future Academy, and Swartberg Secondary, with over 6000 pupils affected by the protests.
Schäfer laid charges in terms of the SA Schools Act against all those reportedly involved in the protests.
“I trust that SA Police Service will act swiftly and decisively to restore order in the community so that teaching and learning can resume as soon as possible,” Schäfer said.
“While we condemn any disruption to schooling at any time during the school year, the disruption of schooling at this critical time of the year is even more concerning.”
Primary school pupils were currently writing their annual national assessments, and high school pupils were writing their September examinations.
“Grade 12 learners are writing their September 'mock examinations' which are an important assessment tool for both educators and candidates ahead of the National Senior Certificate examinations,” the MEC said.
“Western Cape education department district officials are working with school management of all the affected schools to ensure that examinations and assessments are rescheduled.”
The department's priority was to ensure the safety of all pupils and teachers.
“It is high time that people destroying the opportunities of others are held accountable,” Schäfer said.
Additionally, statements made by the likes of the Grabouw Civic Organisation and their leadership were irresponsible and undermined pupils' constitutional right to an education.
Earlier on Tuesday, Western Cape police said police used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse protesters throwing stones on the N2 between Pineview North and The Orchards in Grabouw.
A running battle ensued for an hour as police continuously fired rubber bullets and teargas at the crowd.
The protesters fled and gathered again on Felix Road near the Umyezo Wama Apile Primary School.
Police rushed to Felix Road to disperse them again.
A platoon of about 12 officers of the public order policing unit formed a line at a barrier next to the N2 to allow the SA National Roads Agency Limited team to clear the highway of debris of rocks and burning tyres from earlier in the morning.
A woman died when she was hit by a car on Nelson Mandela Drive in Bloemfontein.]]> |||
Bloemfontein - A woman died when she was hit by a car on Nelson Mandela Drive in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, paramedics said.
ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring said the woman, who was in her 60s, died at the scene.
The driver of the car was not injured.
The cause of the collision was not yet known.
A young Swazi mother accused of dumping her newborn baby in a pit toilet appeared in the Tonga Regional Court.]]> |||
Tonga - A young Swazi mother accused of dumping her newborn baby in a pit toilet appeared in the Tonga Regional Court in Mpumalanga on Tuesday.
Delisiwe Mhlongo, 20, originally from Swaziland but now living in KaMhlushwa outside Malalane, was not asked to plead to a charge of attempted murder, a Sapa correspondent reported.
Prosecutor Thulani Msibi said Mhlongo would be given a trial date next week.
The DNA test results were now available in court.
Mhlongo was arrested on November 4, 2013, after neighbours heard a child crying in her neighbour's pit toilet and reported the matter to the police.
Previously, lower court prosecutor Eugene Mathebula read into the court record that Mhlongo allegedly dumped her newborn baby in the toilet and went to work the following morning.
Mhlongo is out on R500 bail.
Magistrate Edgar Moletsane postponed the case to September 23 for a trial date to be set.
A security guard has testified that four men pushed past three security guards to get to former Royal Marine Brett Williams and beat him to death.]]> |||
Durban - Four men, one of them wearing a pink shirt, pushed past three security guards to get to former Royal Marine Brett Williams and beat him to death, a security guard told the Durban Regional Court on Tuesday.
“They were coming to beat the guy, the one who was sitting on the floor. Then we started stopping them, but they pushed past us with such force,” said security guard Kazadi Tshingana.
He was giving evidence in the trial of Blayne Shepard, 23, his brother Kyle, 25, Andries van der Merwe, 23, and Dustin van Wyk, 23, who are accused of beating Williams to death outside Kings Park stadium on the night of March 23 last year after a rugby match.
The four each face a charge of murder, three of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and one of crimen injuria.
Tshingana said he and two other security guards responded to a call on March 23 that there was a fight, but when they reached the scene of the fight it was already over and paramedics were attending to a white male.
He said he and his two colleagues, whom he identified as Mike and David, started moving people away from the scene in a bid to give paramedics space to work.
He said his colleague David (Baoto Ifomba) was then verbally abused by a man looking for his chain.
It was then that he saw the group of four men.
He said that in the ensuing melee he and Ifomba were pushed to the ground.
He saw them kicking Williams, who was on the ground.
“I stood up to go and stop the beating, but they were very strong and they pushed me away again.”
Paramedics then returned to treat Williams, but to no avail.
Asked if he could identify who had carried out the attack on Williams, he said he remembered that one of the men had a pink shirt.
“That's the only guy I can remember nicely,” he said.
When on Tuesday he was handed a photo of people that had attended the rugby that night he pointed to the man in the pink shirt.
“The gentleman wearing this T-shirt was among those (who assaulted Williams),” said Tshingana pointing to a person in the photo.
Prosecutor Krishen Shas said: “The witness has pointed to accused one in exhibit G.”
Accused one is Blayne Shepard.
Two men died after a light aircraft crashed into a small stream and caught alight near northern KwaZulu-Natal.]]> |||
Durban - Two men died after a light aircraft crashed into a stream and caught alight in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Monday night.
The plane crashed near the D459 road, 14km from Newcastle. ER24 spokesman, Russel Meiring, said paramedics found the wreck in a stream.
A veld fire had started after the crash.
“Paramedics discovered two lifeless bodies were lying some distance from the aircraft.
“Both men had already succumbed to their injuries. It was apparent that both men had been ejected from the aircraft upon impact,” he said.
Initial reports are that the plane took off from Newcastle, bound for Gauteng.
Police spokesman, Colonel Jay Niacker said the plane went down on Glencalder farm at about 7.20pm.
“An investigating will be conducted by SA Civil Aviation Authority,” he said.
According to the Newcastle Courier, the plane, a Cessna 172, had been en route to Rand Airport in Johannesburg. It crashed on a farm near Newcastle, the newspaper reported.
Robert Mckenzie, spokes-man for KZN Emergency Medical Services, said the wreckage had caught fire, setting the surrounding dry grass alight.
Local fire services were called to fight the veld fire.
Newcastle mayor, Afzul Rehman, said last night that the bodies were still unidentified.
“They were out of town pilots who died in a plane crash towards Vulintaba,” he said.
“Our prayers are with the families.”
Newcastle lies about 50 kilmometres south-east of the small Free State town of Memel, which has the dubious distinction of having been the site of South Africa’s first commercial airline crash that occurred on May 15, 1948.
Timothy Hedges, a historian in Memel, said:
“The Skyliner - a derivative of the Douglas DC-3, an American fixed wing, propeller driven aircraft - belonging to Mercury Airways had left Stamford Hill Airport in Durban heading for Palmietfontein Airport in Germiston (now OR International Airport).”
In a surprise twist in a murder trial, Judge Fikile Mokgoloa recused herself and the prosecutor from the case.]]> |||
Durban - In a surprise twist in the murder trial of former policeman Brian Treasurer and his co-accused, Mfaniseni Nxumalo, Judge Fikile Mokgoloa recused herself and the prosecutor from the case after an application by Treasurer’s advocate.
Advocate Pradeep Bahadur made the application for prosecutor Sandesh Sanker to be recused in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday on the grounds that Treasurer believed he would not be impartial.
Treasurer has alleged that Sanker “consulted” him while he was in police custody awaiting his bail application.
He claims Sanker and the investigating officer in the case “unduly influenced him into making a confession so that he may be released on bail” and would thereafter be used as a State witness against his alleged accomplices.
Arguing for Sanker’s recusal on Monday, Bahadur said if Sanker introduced the alleged confession at the trial, he would oppose the statement’s admissibility, which would result in a trial within a trial.
Bahadur claims that if this is the case, Sanker is likely to be called as a State witness.
“The administration of justice would be brought into disrepute if the prosecutor is allowed to prosecute a case and… at the same time give evidence against the same accused he is prosecuting,” Bahadur said.
Sanker, who admitted that “communication” took place between him and Treasurer, opposed the application to have him recused, and argued that there was no prejudice against Treasurer if he continued to prosecute the case.
Sanker said if he was called to testify as a witness to determine the admissibility of the alleged confession, a colleague from his office would take over that portion of the trial for him, and it would have no impact on the fairness of the trial.
However, after having heard Bahadur’s and Sanker’s arguments, Judge Mokgoloa concluded that it was in the interests of justice that Sanker be recused from the case. The judge also ruled that she had been compromised by presiding over the application for Sanker’s recusal, and thus she recused herself from the trial.
This has resulted in a massive delay as a new prosecutor will have to be briefed and take over from Sanker, and a new judge will have to be allocated to preside over the trial. The trial has been adjourned to February 16 next year.
Treasurer and Nxumalo are charged with the murder of Dr Bhavish Sewram, 33, who was shot outside his Chota Motala Road surgery in May last year.
The trial of a third accused, Rajiv Soni, begins in March 2015 and has been separated from that of Treasurer and Nxumalo.. A fourth accused, Sabelo Dlamini, pleaded guilty to Sewram’s murder earlier this year, and confessed to being the trigger man. He was sentenced to 25 years in jail.
The State alleges that Soni hired Treasurer, who hired Nxumalo and Dlamini, to kill Sewram. The motive, the State alleges, was Soni’s discovery that Sewram had been having an affair with his wife.
In his plea, Dlamini implicated Nxumalo and Treasurer. He said that on May 12 last year, Nxumalo told him he wanted the doctor dead for refusing to pay him for cutting his grass. Dlamini said Treasurer transported him to Sewram’s surgery, gave him the gun and paid him R12 000 afterwards.
To fight with her buttocks wasn’t literally what Nomvula Mokonyane meant, but it was inappropriate.]]> |||
Johannesburg - To fight with her buttocks wasn’t literally what Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane meant, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t being inappropriate.
On Monday, The Sowetan reported that Mokonyane had said at the launch of a water project in Marite, Mpumalanga, at the weekend: “The attack is not on Zuma, but it is on the ANC. Re tlo thiba ka dibono (We will defend with our buttocks).”
But Dr Rethabile Possa, a lecturer at the School of Languages and Literatures at UCT, said the statement would not have been meant literally.
“This means: ‘We will fight with everything. We will never give up,’” she said. “It’s not just a fight that people fight under normal circumstances, it’s a very serious fight.”
She said there was a cultural implication to saying they would fight “with their buttocks”, because for a woman to go naked is taboo in Sotho culture.
“To use the private parts, it shows it doesn’t matter what you guys say, we are at the point of fighting whether he (Zuma) is right or wrong.”
Possa said that to use such a phrase, in the context of talking about a president to the public, was inappropriate.
“It’s not used in public. You wouldn’t want your children to hear such a minister saying this,” she said.
Mokonyane’s spokeswoman, Brenda Mpitsang, told The Sowetan newspaper the buttocks comment was not literal.
“She was using a figure of speech.
“She was just showing to what extent we would go to protect the president. There is no literal meaning to what she said,” she said.
Mpitsang could not be reached for comment on Monday.
But the minister’s comments did stir controversy on social media.
On Twitter @Ppmatjeni said: “Min Mokonyane ‘Re tlo thiba ka dibono’ LMAO (laughing my a**e off)! Isn’t this controversial statement? Are we quoting you out of context Minister?”
@nakampejoee said: “Mokonyane has lost all her integrity, she failed in gauteng, no wonder she is defending zuma wit her all.”