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Search continues for two missing SA teens in Mozambique
18 January 2019, 10:33 AM

The search continues for two more bodies of teens presumed to have drowned in Portuguese Islands in Mozambique on Sunday.

The body of one of the four South African holiday-makers, who drowned, was recovered on Thursday. On Friday morning a female body was discovered as well. Gregory Mpfune’s body was washed ashore on Thursday afternoon. The four, who are from Groblersdal in Limpopo, drowned on Sunday.

A brother of one of the victims, Kabelo Matsepe, says there has been consulate assistance. “I have called the High Commissioner to assist especially families that can’t get to Mozambique. He however cited budgetary constraints and that the only assistance they can offer is consulate assistance.”

This is despite Mozambican authorities asking for help from SA authorities, he adds.

Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha has sent messages of condolences to the affected families. Mathabatha’s spokesperson Kenny Mathivha says the office of the premier is working with the South African embassy and the Mozambican navy to try and locate the four missing holiday makers.

Meanwhile, the Department of International Relations and Co-Operation has been working with the Limpopo provincial government to assist family members who have travelled to Mozambique. Department spokesperson, Ndivhuwo Mabaya, says South Africa’s High Commissioner in Mozambique has been liaising with the families.

 

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Houwhoek Fire
Firefighters bring Houwhoek fire under control
18 January 2019, 8:17 AM

Firefighters are focusing on mopping up operations after the Houwhoek fire in the Overberg region was brought under control overnight. Teams worked throughout the night as it threatened farms and structures in the Botrivier area.

Overberg Fire Chief Reinard Geldenhuys says it crossed the mountain, fanned by strong winds. He says fresh teams will go in Friday morning to capitalise on the cooler temperatures and calmer winds.

“The ground teams worked very hard with landowners and the fire department to contain the remaining flanks. The fire is under control but we’ve got one flank that is still burning up in the mountain that a team is bringing down as we speak. At this stage it’s looking good there’s been no structure damage. We need to go into this day mopping up and so on,” says Geldenhuys.

DA Billboard
ANC lodges formal complaint against DA Billboard
18 January 2019, 7:59 AM

The African National Congress (ANC) has lodged a formal complaint to the Electoral Commission over the Democratic Alliance (DA) Billboard in Johannesburg titled “The ANC is killing us“. The billboard, which was put up just outside the Johannesburg CBD,  lists the names of all the victims of Marikana, Life Esidimeni and the children that have drowned in pit latrines.

On Thursday the billboard was vandalised by relatives of the Life Esidimeni victims. The billboard has also drawn criticism and caused outrage on social media.

Some of the people, who tweeted, claimed that they are related to the people whose names are on the billboard and they were not told about it.

“We have taken a decision to report the matter with the IEC in line of provisions of the electoral act and the code of conduct of the IEC. What the DA has done is very insensitive and it lacks compassion and it must be condemned in the strongest possible terms,” says ANC acting spokesperson Dakota Legoete.

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E Cape ANC councillor’s house set alight by residents
18 January 2019, 7:31 AM

The house of an African National Congress (ANC) councillor from Mbizana in the Eastern Cape was torched during Friday night. Councillor Nokhanya Dayimani of ward 23 and her family escaped unhurt. It is believed that a group of people surrounded the house at midnight before it was set alight.

The councillor has been the target of several incidents, allegedly by unhappy community members who are up in in arms about slow pace of development.

They have been demanding RDP houses, water and an access road in the village. The police are investigating a case of arson.

Pitch Black Afro
Pitch Black Afro to make bail appearance
18 January 2019, 7:00 AM

The murder case against 40 year-old Soweto born rapper Thulani Ngcobo, popularly known as Pitch Black Afro, is expected to resume Friday morning at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court.

Ngcobo has been charged with murder and defeating the ends of justice after allegedly killing his wife Catherine Modisane on the 31st of December at a Bed and Breakfast establishment in Yeoville, Johannesburg.

Pitch Black Afro is expected to make his third appearance in the dock this Friday morning after spending more than a week behind bars.  At his previous appearance on Tuesday, the matter was postponed to allow the state time to verify with Ngcobo’s aunt, whether she will allow him to live with her should he be granted bail.

Ngcobo is expected to make his formal bail application on Friday. It’s understood that on the 31st of December police believed that Catherine Modisane died of natural causes, however a few days later a murder docket was opened after foul play was suspected.

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