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“Drunk” cop shoots at learners

Janice Pillay and Purnal Poonusamy Chatsworth : A Chatsworth policeman is being detained after he allegedly went on an apparent shooting spree outside the Montford Shopping Centre, earlier today. It is further alleged that the 32-year old policeman was under […]

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Four-month old baby discovered dead

On 23 October 2014 at about 3pm, police in Ladysmith were called out to a house in the Umbulwane area. On arrival they found the body of a four-month old baby. The cause of death of the child is unknown […]

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Woman critical after M41 crash

A woman suffered critical injuries in a two vehicle collision on the M41, near Gateway this morning. Netcare 911′s Santi Steinmann explained when emergency teams arrived at the scene, they found that a delivery vehicle collided into a Toyota Corolla. […]

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Two nabbed for extortion

Two suspects, on being a Post Office employee, are facing extortion charges after they tried to acquire R300 from a man. According to Major Thulani Zwane, officers were informed that the complaint’s parcel was to be delivered to the Post […]

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Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim Shakes Mashaba is very happy with the news

Bafana jump 10 places in FIFA World Rankings The national soccer team has moved from 67th to 57th place on the latest FIFA World Rankings. The jump is due to Bafana’s impressive performances in the CAF Orange Africa Cup of […]

 

South Africa’s Olympic 800m runner Mbulaeni Mulaudzi Dead

South Africa’s Olympic 800m runner Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in a car crash earlier today. The news has been confirmed by the South African Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula as well as  his agent Peet van Zyl.

He was 34-years-old. It is not known where the accident happened. Further information on the long distance runner’s death would be made public once Mbalula had met with the family.

The 2009 world champion in the men’s 800m, carried the South African flag at the opening ceremony of the 2004 summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. He became South Africa’s first black athlete to be ranked number one in the world. His first international medal was a silver at the 2000 African Championships in Athletics. Mulaudzi retired from Athletics in 2013.

Fellow athlete and Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena, who is a long jumper, took to social media to send his condolences.

“I’ve lost a brother, a friend a champion! Sad news to my soul! Will miss you my brother! RIP. Death be not proud!!,” he wrote on Twitter.

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“Drunk” cop shoots at learners

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Chatsworth : A Chatsworth policeman is being detained after he allegedly went on an apparent shooting spree outside the Montford Shopping Centre, earlier today. It is further alleged that the 32-year old policeman was under the influence of alcohol at the time.
Speaking to the Chatsworth Tabloid, a shop owner claimed that the officer was returning from a bar and was seen staggering along.
“Learners were laughing at the man and he got angry. He then pulled out his firearm and pointed it at them. The terrified youngsters ran off. He put the firearm back into its holster and when the children returned, he started shooting. He then walked away,” the shop owner alleged.
Fortunately no injuries were reported and according to Chatsworth SAPS Communications Officer, Lieutenant Cheryl Pillay, the officer was apprehended at the scene.

“He is being detained at the Chatsworth SAPS, pending further investigation. A case of discharging of firearm, pointing of a firearm and under the Firearm Controls Act, handling his firearm whilst under the influence of alcohol has been opened at Chatsworth SAPS,” Pillay said

Child swept away in flash flood: Search called off

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Search and Rescue Lt Jack Haskins, with Samuel Hlongwane, Nhlakanipho Shoba’s father

The search for the missing five-year old, Nhlakanipho Shoba, from Somshoek, has been called off for now by police officials, according to Captain Charmaine Struwig from Ladysmith SAPS. “Should any other information come to light which can assist in tracing the child, the search will be resumed,” concluded Captain Struwig.

Nhlakanipho had been missing since she was swept away in a flash flood on Thursday afternoon, 16 October 2014, during the heavy downpour that was experienced throughout KZN.

Ekuvukeni SAPS members, the community of Somshoek, Nhlakanipho’s family and SAPS Search and Rescue WO Meyer and K9 colleague Gessie, combed the rough rocky terrain, in search of the five-year old.

Due to the the rough bushy terrain and the deep valleys that the Sunday River runs through, the search for the child was a challenge. Lt Jack Haskins and other Search and Rescue members arrived to assist and started searching the banks and area.

“The terrain of the river is incredibly difficult and makes our search for such a small person very, very challenging,” said Lt Jack Haskins to the family and friends, after calling it a day.

Haskins further explained that the body could easily have been swept away by the force of the water, due to that fact that so many small spruits feed into the Sunday river, which flows into the Tugela River. “U can see by the debris along the banks, that the water was running high and at such force,” said Haskins. It was further explained that the body of the child could have easily been swept underneath one of the rocks, with the water pinning the body down and other debris making it impossible for people, even Search and Rescue, to find it.

Four-month old baby discovered dead

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On 23 October 2014 at about 3pm, police in Ladysmith were called out to a house in the Umbulwane area. On arrival they found the body of a four-month old baby. The cause of death of the child is unknown at this stage. For now police are investigating an inquest docket. The child has not yet been officially identified.

Cops and lovers – “Are South African police officers at a risk of becoming ticking time bombs with a kill-lover switch?”

By Devina Haripersad

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Metro officer, Devan Govender

Metro police officer, Devan Govender, is expected to make yet another court appearance later this year for the killing for his girlfriend, Rosemary Bell, at their Durban North Home, in August. Govender appeared before the courts a broken man, clearly devastated by the incident, during his bail application.

While Govender was charged with premeditated murder, the court has yet to establish whether the killing was intentional or not. In the interim, family and friends, as well as other officials from the Durban Metro police community are keeping a close watch on Govender, offering support and counselling, to prevent a second fatality and ensure that he does not end up yet another suicidal statistic for the policing sector.

SAPS, on the other hand, were never presented with the opportunity to prevent the second fatality, in the case of Constable Zain Sheik and Sheree Branches, at the Pavilion Shopping Mall, a few weeks ago. Constable Sheik, based at KwaMashu SAPS, fatally shot Branches with his firearm before ending his own life.

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Sutcliffe’s defamation action settled

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The defamation action brought by Dr Michael Sutcliffe against the City Manager, Sibusiso Sithole and eThekwini Municipality has been settled.

The defamation action arose from a statement made by Sithole in response to a question, to the effect that the City would look into recovering R1.1 million from Dr Sutcliffe. The defendants have accepted that this statement may have created an impression that the Council of the Municipality had resolved as stated.

The defendants have confirmed that no such resolution had been taken by the Council and have unreservedly withdrawn that statement. In addition, they have agreed to pay the legal costs of Dr Sutcliffe on a party and party scale.

All the parties agreed that it was in the interests of all concerned to conclude this matter.

Banyana lost to Nigeria

Banyana Banyana went down 2-1 to the Super Falcons of Nigeria in the semi-final match of the 9th edition of the African Women’s Championship on Wednesday afternoon, 22 October, at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura, Windhoek.

Vera Pauw made four changes to the team that beat Algeria 5-1 on the weekend. Thoko Mndaweni started in goals and Simphiwe Dludlu, Refiloe Jane and Shiwe Nogwanya returned to the starting 11. But a first half brace by Nigeria’s Asisat Lamina Oshoala knocked South Africa for a spot in the final. Refiloe Jane pulled one back for Banyana Banyana midway through the second half, but it was a question of too little, too late. Banyana Banyana had some great goal scoring opportunities in the opening minutes of the game.

First, Leandra Smeda made a cross into the box, but Jane failed to connect with a header after only eight minutes. Moments later, 100-goal hero Portia Modise followed with another great chance, but she could not find the back of the net.
Thoko Mndaweni, who sat on the bench in the group stage matches made several great saves in the opening minutes of the game, keeping Banyana Banyana in the game.

Mndaweni cleared the ball out of danger in the 10th minute, before parrying a shot out for a corner a minute later and clearing again in the 17th minute in a one-on-one situation. Banyana Banyana came close to breaking the deadlock in the 20th minute from a set-piece just outside the area, but Modise’s shot went wide.

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Woman critical after M41 crash

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A woman suffered critical injuries in a two vehicle collision on the M41, near Gateway this morning. Netcare 911′s Santi Steinmann explained when emergency teams arrived at the scene, they found that a delivery vehicle collided into a Toyota Corolla.

“Upon assessment of all the occupants, it was found that the occupant of the Bantam vehicle had sustained minor to moderate injuries and the man did not require hospitalisation. The female occupant of the Toyota motor vehicle were found to be in a critical condition and was treated and immobilized on scene. The critically injured woman was rushed to hospital for the urgent medical care that she required,” Steinmann added.

Two nabbed for extortion

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Two suspects, on being a Post Office employee, are facing extortion charges after they tried to acquire R300 from a man. According to Major Thulani Zwane, officers were informed that the complaint’s parcel was to be delivered to the Post Office and that he needed to pay R300.

“A meeting was set up and the suspects came to collect money from the complainant. Police arrived and arrested the two suspects, aged 38 and 42 and both have appeared in court. Investigations continue,” Zwane said.

Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim Shakes Mashaba is very happy with the news

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Bafana jump 10 places in FIFA World Rankings

The national soccer team has moved from 67th to 57th place on the latest FIFA World Rankings. The jump is due to Bafana’s impressive performances in the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015 qualifiers.

In four matches, Bafana Bafana amassed eight points after wins over Sudan and Congo, as well as draws against Nigeria and Congo to propel them to the 57th spot.

“This is good news. It shows we are doing something right especially in such a short space of time. It is still early days though, there is a lot of work to be done and hopefully we will get even higher on the rankings.
“But I am happy there are some huge improvements. Now the challenge is to maintain the position and even better it,” said Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim Shakes Mashaba.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings will be released on Thursday, 27 November 2014.

(find the list of the top 12 African countries below)

Country World Ranking

1. Algeria 15
2. Cote d’Ivoire 25
3. Tunisia 31
4. Cape Verde Islands 33
5. Ghana 35
6. Egypt 38
7. Cameroon 40
8. Senegal 41
9. Nigeria 42
10. Togo 52
11. Guinea 55
12. South Africa 57

“Operation Masinenge Cleanup” kicks off

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Kilometer-of-cables-and-wire-were-removedA SAPS member, Wolf Security officers, members of the Uvongo neighbourhood watch and the AfriForum branch in Margate accompanied contractors appointed by Eskom to remove cables used by members of the Masinenge informal settlement community for illegal electricity connections.
 
“It has been confirmed in a brief discussion with Mrs Vineshia Chetty from Eskom’s Department of Securities in KwaZulu-Natal that this sting operation was authorised as a result of the two incidents whereby two children were electrocuted in the Masinenge informal settlement outside Uvongo two weeks ago,” said Wessel Pretorius, Treasurer of the AfriForum Margate branch.
 
“To disconnect illegal electricity connections and remove the cables and wires will cost Eskom in the region of R60 000. The estimated value of the wires and cables disconnected is about R100 000.00. The cost to taxpayers for electricity blackouts and the damage it caused to machinery is running in the millions,” Pretorius added.
 
The AfriForum branch in Margate is on a drive to create awareness among Margate residents, SAPS and Eskom of the total disregard for health and safety in the area. AfriForum will assist the affected persons and businesses to lay criminal charges at SAPS and follow through to stop the illegal use of electricity.
 
If you want to become part of the team that will protect its members and say “no” to illegal electricity connections, SMS “Electricity” to 45267. R1/SMS.

Diwali greetings

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Today, Hindus across the world will celebrate Diwali. Also known as Deepavali or the Festival of Lights. It is an ancient religious festival celebrated annually, where diyas (lamps) are lit in celebration of good over evil. Many devotees also believe that diyas are lit to show wealth goddess, Lakshmi, the way to people’s homes. Gulzar cousins; Lesthiya (3), Tristan (10), Vihaan (9 months), Bhreonna (7) and Dhiyaksha (4) join the editor and staff of The Weekly Gazette in wishing all Hindus a blessed and joyous Diwali.

Matriculants knuckle down

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With just a few more sleeps to go, Grade 12 learners are burning the midnight oil ahead of final examinations which begin at the end of this month. Speaking during the Matric final assembly at Durban High School, Headmaster, Leon Erasmus, encouraged learners to reflect on the year gone by.
“You must also have no regrets, as the memories created from their time at school would last them a lifetime,” he said.

“Chicky Lamba” victim speaks out – “I just want to be left alone really” – Osman

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Aadil Osman during an interview with The Weekly Gazette

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Overport resident, Aadil Osman, just wants to be left alone and for the entire Chicky Lamba ordeal, which took place in Laudium, Pretoria, to be left in the past. In an interview with The Weekly Gazette, the 22-year old shared his side of the story, adding that since the videos went viral, it has negatively impacted on his life.

In the videos, Osman is seen seated in the back seat of a vehicle, being verbally and physically assaulted and even has a firearm pointed at his face. He is accused of being in contact with a girl, believed to be the fiance of Shakeel Cassim. In one of the two-part videos, leaked online, Osman denies being in contact with the woman.

“We were close friends. There is no love triangle. When she got engaged she changed her numbers. When they went through my cellphone contacts, they saw her number was not on my phone,” Osman expressed.

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Search for missing girl intensifies

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Search and Rescue Lt. Jack Haskins, WO Jaques Meyer and SGT Porra da Rosa  searching the rocky, dangerous valleys  for the five year-old Nhlakanipho Shoba, that was swept away by a flash flood, last week.

By Claudine Senekal

Ladysmith – The search for five-year-old Nhlakanipho Shoba has intensified, with SAPS Search and Rescue fine combing through rough terrain and double checking their search routes along the small rocky spruits and the Sunday river, that flows in the Evukukeni, Somhoek area.

Five rescue dogs and dog handlers have been sent to the rural area to assist in the search of the five year old.

Last week Thursday, Nhlakanipho Shoba, was swept away, by a flash flood in the Evukukeni, Somhoek area, 16 October 2014 during the heavy downpour experienced throughout KZN.

Ladysmith Search and Rescue’s WO Jacques Meyer, spent days in the area, searching with members of the community and SAPS.  Due to the rough, bushy terrain and the deep valleys that the Sunday River run in has made, the search for the five year-old is proving to be a challenge. Lt Jack Haskins and other Search and Rescue members had come to assist and started searching the banks and area, until late in yesterday evening.

“The terrain of the river is incredibly difficult and makes our search for such a small person very, very challenging,” Lt. Jack Haskins told family and friends.

Hakins further explained that the body could easily been swept away by the force of water, due to that fact that so many small spruits had fed the Sunday river, which flows into the Tugela River.

“You can see by the debris along the banks that the water was running high and at force.”

It was further explained that the body of the child could be easily be swept underneath one of the rocks as the water could pin the body down, along with other debris, making it impossible for people even search and rescue to find it.

It is alleged that Shoba was walking home from school with her brother, also five when they were caught in the heavy downpour. The main road, which leads to their home, had within minutes become a raging river and swept away the small girl. It is said that her brother had managed to seek refuge at a home nearby, when his sister disappeared.

“The waters was so high and had swept her away so fast that there was nothing that nobody could do,” said her father, Mr Hlongwane, who was joined by  Evukukeni SAPS and Ladysmith SAPS Search and Rescue WO Meyer and K9 colleague, Gessie, the following day.

The team  searched most of Friday afternoon, 17 October 2014 only to find a jersey and one of her socks. “You can see the force of the water, as the damage to the trees and ground that have been wash away,” said WO Meyer.

The search continued throughout the weekend and all this week, but Nhlakanipho Shoba could not be find. The search will continue today.

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