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Three killed in Soweto crash
6 January 2019, 12:10 PM

Three people have been killed and five others injured when two cars collided along the R559 in Protea Glen, Soweto, early Sunday morning.

ER24 spokesperson Ross Campbell says emergency services arrived on scene to find that the two vehicles had collided head-on.

“Two men and one woman from a VW Polo were declared dead on the scene and one woman was left injured. Two adults and two children from the other vehicle were left with minor to moderate injuries. All the injured were stabilised and transported to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital for further treatment. Metro police were on the scene for further investigation.”

Meanwhile, Limpopo traffic authorities have advised motorists using the N1 destined for provinces like Gauteng to exercise patience. More than 2000 vehicles have passed through the Kranskop Toll Plaza before midday. At the Nyl Plaza, more lanes have been opened for south bound traffic.

Spokesperson Matome Moremi-Tauatsola has cautioned motorists to avoid overtaking on lanes meant for north bound traffic.

“We have opened about seven lanes going south now, our people should be able to exercise patience they must have the correct money so that they do not have to stop as they arrive at the toll plaza to take the money out at the boots of their cars. As we speak now we can see others are doing wrongs things we call to call upon out traffic officers to immediately intervene.”

KZN woman accused of attempted murder and child abandonment
6 January 2019, 11:08 AM

GRAPHIC DISCLAIMER: The Following story contains graphic details which may offend sensitive listeners including children.

A 30-year old Kwazulu-Natal mother has been arrested and is expected to appear in court on Monday on charges of attempted murder and child abandonment.

This after police were tipped off by neighbours who heard distressing screams coming from the woman’s house in Hammersdale west of Durban.

It’s alleged the woman was pregnant with twins but only one was accounted for. However, a shallow grave with small bones was also discovered near the woman’s home.

KZN police spokesperson, Thembeka Mbhele, says the bones have been taken for DNA analysis to ascertain if they are that of the other twin baby.

“Police were tipped off by an old lady who heard a child crying while she was bathing. When she went to the area that’s where she found the child, the child was naked and taken to hospital. On initial investigation by the police it was found that the suspect was pregnant with twins but for now only one baby was found. She was found at the boyfriends place about to leave for the taxi rank to flee the area. She will be facing charges of attempted murder and child abandonment.”



ANC members standing with flag.
N West list conference expected to conclude on Sunday
6 January 2019, 9:48 AM

The North West ANC provincial Task Team says it expects the list conference to be concluded on Sunday. The conference was due to take place Saturday night but was delayed to Sunday morning.

The conference is being led by the national list conference committee. Sunday is the deadline for the province’s list to be given to the national committee.

The team was deployed by Luthuli House to assist the province complete the conference. The Task Team’s spokesperson Kabelo Mataboge says all disputes and registration problems have been resolved in order to ensure a fair and credible process.

“We had to do a lot of work deal with the disputes at the same time clean up the appeals report. Deal with transparency around the nomination process we worked throughout the night. Registration is complete, the verification of delegates is completed and handling of any other dispute that was there has also been resolved. So we are ready to start with the conference, delegates are starting to get in. It might at the most 4-5 hours then we would have concluded the business of the conference.”

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vegetation fire.
Overberg fire destroys over 6000 hectors of land
6 January 2019, 9:44 AM

The large vegetation fire that has been raging between Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay in the Overberg for the past six days has now burnt 6300 hectares of land.

The fire, which is about 50% contained, has burnt down a house and cottage on a small holding.

It was allegedly caused by a flare which was set off illegally on New Year’s Day. A man has been arrested under the Nature Conservations Act, a charge more serious than arson.

The fire is now within the Kogel Bay Nature Reserve and has forced the closure of the R-44 at Clarence Drive until further notice.

Spokesperson at the incident command centre, Louise Wessels says, “The fire line below the waterfall has now moved down sufficiently so that we can tackle it with some of our strongest ground teams that will bomb that line till it’s out or we can stop it. The rest of the teams are being deployed into the mountain. The fire is still contained within the Kogel Bay Nature Reserve.”

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Municipality distributes housing starter kits to Mbekweni fire victims
6 January 2019, 6:55 AM

The Drakenstein Municipality in Paarl in the Western Cape has started to distribute housing starter kits to victims of Tuesday’s fire in Mbekweni. The municipality says it is working hard to resettle 500 people, affected by the informal settlement fire, by the end of Sunday.

Spokesperson Riana Geldenhuys says initial estimates were that approximately 250 people and over 70 informal structures were affected, but it has now been confirmed that the fire left nearly 500 people destitute and damaged 100 informal structures.

The cause of the fire in the OR section of Mbekweni is still being investigated. Geldenhuys says the Municipality is working closely with government and private organisations to ensure that the affected families are resettled in the same area by the end of this weekend. Most of these residents were staying with friends or relatives in the area.



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