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Community rescue police officer from flood waters
4 January 2019, 6:24 AM

A Limpopo officer has escaped death after the police van he was travelling in was nearly swept away on a flooded road at Senwabarwana, west of Polokwane. Police spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe says the 51 year-old officer alighted and climbed behind the police bakkie.

He was rescued by community members. The officer was part of a team that was responding to a robbery call at two schools in Avon and Marobjane villages, where armed robbers had stolen various items.

“A police sergeant attached to Senwabarana police station was rescued by community members after a police vehicle that he was driving was trapped in flood waters along the road between Machaba- Avon Marobjana road at Ga-kgoshi Maleboho. The provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has thanked members of the community for coming to the rescue of our member who nearly perished in the flood. The member was part of a team of police responding to a business robbery in the area,” explains Ngoepe.

UN Conference
Somalia warns UN security not to interfere with their affairs
4 January 2019, 6:20 AM

Somalia has warned the United Nations (UN) Security Council against interfering in its affairs. The country has expelled the UN’s envoy Nicholas Haysom.

There has been no explanation given for the expulsion but Somalia’s UN ambassador, Abukar Dahir Osman says the country is in need of support from the UN, not criticism. In his address to the Council, Haysom criticised Somali authorities for the deaths of 15 people during electoral violence. Haysom said the arrest of one of the candidates and the violence that erupted marred the process and was worrying considering that the national elections were due to take place in 2020.

Haysom was ordered to leave after he wrote a letter requesting information on the legal basis for the arrest of Muktar Robow who was running for the post of regional president of South West State.

Fancis Hanekom
Wife of Hanekom denies husband is involved in extremist activities
3 January 2019, 11:53 AM

The wife of Andre Hanekom, a South African citizen who’s been arrested in Mozambique, says authorities there aren’t allowing her to have any contact with her husband.

Francis Hanekom has denied that Andre is involved in extremist activities and claims that his arrest was a set up by someone who wants to obtain her husband’s property on a Mozambique beach.

Andre Hanekom was earlier reported to have been supporting a militant group involved in destabilising northern Mozambique.

The militant activities are reportedly linked to the deaths of over 100 people. He is expected to appear in court next week.

Francis says she understands that her husband has been locked up in solitary confinement for more than 80 days.

“The police commander of Mozambique said on the national TV that Andre was hijacked. How can they say that if they arrested him? It’s a lot of fabrication. He is not in a prison.

Under the law, the military is prohibited from holding detainees in military baracks. He’s been locked away for 85 days in solitary confinement, which is also illegal, in a military base and they refuse me to have any contact with him.”

Dale Styne
Faf sends Pakistan to bat first in the second test
3 January 2019, 11:10 AM

South African captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and put Pakistan into bat on the opening day of the second test at Newlands on Thursday, looking to make an immediate impact after winning the first test by six wickets last week. Pakistan lost two quick wickets  and currently are 14/2

“We want to get stuck into their batting line-up with our seam attack. We had a nice selection dilemma but we’ve left the spinner out,” says du Plessis. Vernon Philander returns from injury to replace Keshav Maharaj and give the home side a daunting four-man pace attack, led by record wicket taker Dale Steyn despite some doubt about his fitness.

Pakistan kept faith with their batsmen despite a disappointing first test in Pretoria where they were bowled out for 181 and 190 in their two innings. Surprisingly, their captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he would have batted first had he won the toss, despite the green-looking wicket in sunny conditions. Mohammad Abbas is back from injury and takes the place of Hasan Ali in Pakistan’s only change from the first test.

Pringle Bay fire
Pringle Bay fire rages on
3 January 2019, 10:44 AM

One person has died while in the midst of the vegetation fire which is raging on at Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay, in the Overberg. The cause of the fatality is unknown at this stage and it is unclear if the death can be directly linked to the fire.

The fire started early on New Year’s day and flared up again after a strong wind on Wednesday.

The R44 between Gordon’s Bay and Betty’s Bay has been closed in both directions due to thick smoke in the area.

“One female adult passed away last night (Wednesday). A full investigation will be done by SAPS and forensics to determine the cause of death. From the Overstrand Municipality, we want to give our sincere condolences to the family.

We also have two orange patients that was also injured in this fire as well as one yellow patient, an 18 month-old-baby. Overstrand Municipality also lost one of its fire engines during the operations last night,” says Lester Smith, Overstrand Municipality Fire chief.

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